Plymouth State Honors Former Senator Kelly Ayotte and Former New Hampshire Governor John Lynch with 2019 Raymond Burton Public Service Award

Plymouth State University (PSU) and the Raymond Burton Legacy Fund recently recognized former Senator Kelly Ayotte and former Governor John Lynch at an event honoring the legacies of Raymond S. (Ray) Burton, PSU alumnus class of 1962 and long-serving member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, and Robert Frost, one of the nation’s poet laureates, who taught at Plymouth State in the early 1900s.

Senator Ayotte received the 2019 Robert Frost Contemporary American Award, and both Senator Ayotte and Governor Lynch received the 2019 Raymond Burton Public Service Award at the annual event benefitting student scholarships.

The PSU Alumni Association’s prestigious Robert Frost Contemporary American Award recognizes individuals whose service to the people of northern New England best exemplifies Poet Laureate Robert Frost’s values of individuality, hard work, humanitarianism and devotion. One of the country’s most acclaimed poets, Frost taught in PSU’s historic Rounds Hall and lived on campus from 1911 to 1912.

Donors created the Raymond Burton Public Service Award in memory of Ray Burton, a former school teacher and principal, and long-serving member of NH’s Executive Council who represented the North Country. The award honors individuals who, according to Burton’s lifelong friend Duane Baxter, “…like Raymond, loved and respected the role of education, cared deeply about New Hampshire and its citizenry, and devoted their public service to public good.”

“We are honored to recognize Senator Kelly Ayotte with both the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award and the Raymond Burton Public Service Award, and to also recognize Governor John Lynch with the Raymond Burton Public Service Award,” said Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President of University Advancement at Plymouth State University. “Both have dedicated much of their lives to serving the people of New Hampshire, and have made significant contributions to help our state become a wonderful place. We truly appreciate their efforts and their passion for New Hampshire.” Governor Lynch was the 2013 recipient of PSU’s Robert Frost Contemporary American Award.