Painting Donated to PSU by Joan Savage (’56)

October 16th, 2009 by Adam

Joan Savage never started to paint until after she had graduated in 1956 from Plymouth Teachers College. But once she made it a hobby, her talent with a brush became apparent, and she has donated a beautiful oil painting of Rounds Hall to PSU. In an Oct. 16 ceremony, it was formally placed in the lobby of Mary Lyon Hall with the President’s Council in attendance.

Gene and Joan Savage
Gene and Joan Savage in the lobby of Mary Lyon with her painting

An accomplished artist, Mrs. Savage is a member of the Durham Art Association as well as the Pine Island Art Association and Heron’s Glen Art Association in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Joan Savage and her husband, Gene (’58), are not only alums, but longtime supporters of Plymouth State and the University System of New Hampshire.

After a long teaching career in the Durham area, Joan received the PSU Alumni Association Service Award in 1988, In 1998, she was again honored by her alma mater, and was given the PSU Alumni Association Achievement Award. She has served on the PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Girl Scout Council, and was Durham President for American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 2007, Gene and Joan’s friends and family established an endowed scholarship fund at Plymouth State University in their honor.

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