2006 Alumni Award Recipients
Florence “Flossy” LaClair 1973, 1974G
William H. Marston 1954, 1964G
Clarence “Chuck” Bailey 1960, 1966G
Dr. Norton R. Bagley 1941
Alumni Achievement Award
When the committee saw that Dr. Bagley had been nominated for this award, everyone agreed that he would be one of this year’s recipients. For all he has done and all he continues to do, Dr. Norton Bagley serves as a shining example for those who want to maintain a relationship with their alma mater.
Dr. Norton Bagley has been a part of Plymouth for almost 70 years. As a young man he came to Plymouth Teachers College to learn how to be a teacher. While at Plymouth, Dr. Bagley participated in student senate, forensics, and wrote for the Prospect student paper. He did his teacher training at Hampstead High School in New Hampshire. After graduation, he taught in Pittsfield, NH and was the principal at McIndoes Academy in Vermont before returning to Plymouth. While at Plymouth, he held many positions. Dr. Bagley served as a faculty member; chairperson of both English and Education; Director of Public Relations; Director of Teacher Placement; Director of Admissions; Dean of Instruction and Dean of Students. Dr. Bagley retired from Plymouth in 1989.
For many years, Dr. Bagley served both Plymouth and the alumni association in other ways. He served on the PSUAA Board of Directors for ten years. In addition, he has been a member of numerous association committees. Dr. Bagley was a founder of the Career Education program and helped create the Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling degree at Plymouth. In 1970, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In the early 1970’s, Dr. Bagley wrote the definitive history of Plymouth, One Hundred Years of Service, Plymouth State College 1871-1971. In 1972, Dr. Bagley was awarded the Granite State Award, for his outstanding service to education in the state of New Hampshire. Dr. Bagley continued to serve Plymouth and education in New Hampshire by serving as a representative to many education associations, including NEACSS and NCATE, which dealt with accrediting schools and colleges.
For his dedication to Plymouth State University, our alumni and the larger community, the PSUAA is proud to present Dr. Norton Bagley, Class of 1941, with one of the 2006 Alumni Achievement Awards.
Alumni Achievement Award
Chuck Bailey has been a part of Plymouth since he first stepped onto campus in 1956. While here at Plymouth, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree. Chuck was a proud member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Plymouth. He also served as a Student Council Officer and a member of the Science Society.
As an alumnus, Chuck has served on the PSUAA Board of Directors for 13 years and also served on numerous committees as well as holding the office of President. He has also served on the Class of 1960’s 45th Reunion Committee. On July 1, 1965, Chuck returned to Plymouth State in an official capacity as he became the first Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association and captained the first Office of Alumni Relations at Plymouth State. From 1967 -1969 he was an instructor in the Education Department before becoming the Director of Admissions from 1969 -1992. While at Plymouth State, Chuck has been recognized for his outstanding service to his alma mater by being awarded the Outstanding P.A.T. Award, Madie Barrett Award, James Hogan Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In 1992, Chuck retired from Plymouth State but has maintained close contact with us. When ever we visited Florida, Chuck would be at an event. Now that he is living in North Carolina, he and his wife, Gene, try to get to as many events as possible.
For his dedication to Plymouth State University and the larger community, the PSUAA is proud to present Clarence “Chuck” Bailey, Class of 1960, with one of the 2006 Alumni Achievement Awards.
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Florence “Flossy” LaClair is a proud alumnae and longtime friend of Plymouth State University. Flossy, as she is affectionately known, received her Bachelor of Education in Business Education in 1973 and her Master of Education in 1974. While attending Plymouth as a non-traditional student, Flossy participated in a number of musical performances and wrote for the student newspaper, The Clock.
After graduating from Plymouth, she began her Plymouth State volunteer activities. In 1975, Flossy attended her first Alumni Annual Fund Phon-a-thon and never missed one. She was a consistent and dedicated volunteer who many times was recognized with the Top Caller award. She continued to exhibit her commitment to Plymouth by volunteering to call classes who did not have Phon-a-thon volunteers and served as a member of the committee to establish an endowment in memory of Dr Harold Hyde. Flossy has performed the Class Agent role for the class of 1974 for almost 20 years. During that time she has also served on the Scholarship Committee and the Annual Fund Committee.
Flossy continues to leave his mark in other areas. She has been instrumental in volunteering with the Plymouth Regional Senior Center in providing tax assistance for senior citizens. She has also started and been a member of four Girls Scout troops in the Bristol, NH area
For her unwavering support and dedication to the family we call Plymouth, the Plymouth State University Alumni Association is proud to present the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Service Award to Florence “Flossy” LaClair, Class of 1973.
Ut Prosim Award
When the selection committee considered William “Bill” Marston for the Ut Prosim Award, the deliberations were very short. When looking at all that Bill has accomplished and continues to accomplish in his life, it becomes very clear that his receiving this award was a fate accompli. He is a shining example of what Ut Prosim means.
Bill played basketball and baseball while at Plymouth Teachers College and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education. He went on to receive his Master of Education degree from Plymouth State College in 1964. He put his Plymouth degrees to good use by becoming a Teaching Principal at Warren Elementary in 1954. He quickly assumed the responsibilities of Teaching Principal and Assistant Principal in Gorham. He served as Principal of the Ashland schools from 1963 until he was appointed Headmaster at Pembroke Academy in 1966. In 1981, Bill accepted the challenge of being Principal of the Goffstown Area High School where he stayed until he retired in 1996. Since then, Bill has assumed the role of Interim Principal for eight schools. So much for being retired!
Over the last 35 years, Bill has done many things that have left a legacy at Plymouth State and within the state of New Hampshire. He served a term on the PSUAA Board of Directors and was President from 1970 -1971. He has been the President of four professional education associations and served as a member of dozens of other education based boards and committees. Bill received the PSUAA Alumni Achievement Award in 1974 and was the first recipient of the Silas Pearl Medallion in 1998. He was elected to the position of Trustee to the University System Board of Directors from 1991-1999 and chaired the search committee hat brought Dr. Wharton to Plymouth State. In 2003, he was inducted into the Plymouth State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Today, he continues to serve Plymouth State University and his local community in many ways. He has served as a member of the Presidents Council at Plymouth State since 2002.
For his embodiment of the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, the Plymouth State University Alumni Association is proud to present William H. Marston, Class of 1954, as this year’s recipient of the Ut Prosim Award.