Plymouth State Grads Honor Parents with Granite Bench Dedication

October 9th, 2009 by Adam

Even though they never attended a class at Plymouth State, the parents of Plymouth State graduates Larry and Dawn Haynes will be a permanent part of campus when their names are etched onto granite benches adjacent to Hyde Hall. Larry Haynes said the bench dedication ceremony Oct. 8 culminates a wish to honor both sets of parents, who sacrificed to give their children the gift of higher education.

Haynes Dedication
The family of Larry and Dawn Haynes pose with the granite benches dedicated to their parents on the campus of Plymouth State University.
From left to right, Beatrice Haynes, Caity Haynes, Sarah Haynes, Larry Haynes, Dawn Haynes, Betty Ehrich (Dawn’s mother) and Sherman Ehrich.

“Our parents did not have the opportunity to go to college,” said Haynes. “They gave us the opportunity, and Plymouth State has been good to us, so we thought it was a great way to honor the people who made it all possible for us.”

Larry Haynes and Dawn Ray met as sophomores at Plymouth and graduated together in 1986. Their parents, Betty and Ira Ray of Littleton, N.H., and Beatrice and Elwood Haynes, of North Stratford, N.H., believed in higher education and helped their children achieve their goals. Sylvia Bryant, PSU’s Executive Director of University Advancement, said the bench dedication not only honors the Haynes’ parents, but the value of a Plymouth State education.

“The Haynes gift is important to the University because it comes from Larry and Dawn, who are both graduates of the University and this gift keeps their legacy going,” Bryant said.

Larry Haynes is president and CEO for the Grappone Auto Group, one of New Hampshire’s largest automotive retailing groups, and a member of the USNH Board of Trustees and the PSU President’s Council. Larry and Dawn are the parents of two daughters, Caity and Sarah, and live in Weare, N.H.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or