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The Way Things Were

The photo on the cover of the Fall '12 edition showed my father, Carl Lundholm '21, and Ernest "Ernie" Christensen '23. The photo was probably taken in 1921. My dad was a coach (1928-38, '64-67) and the first athletic director (1939-63) at UNH; Ernie was the hockey coach from 1926-38 and also coached football.

Editor's note: The names of the students (see below) were discovered after the magazine went to press. The Field House gym was renamed Lundholm Gymnasium in 1968 to honor Carl Lundholm; Christensen Hall was named for Ernie Christensen in 1970. In addition, Leavitt Service Center was named after Harold "Smiles" Leavitt '21 (seated, second from left) in 1973. Leavitt was superintendent of properties from 1947-66.
Heber Depew and students
ON THE LAWN: Professor Heber F. Depew and the student committee known as the Commissary Department, which was in charge of ordering food for the annual New Hampshire Day picnic, pose in front of T-Hall in 1921. Standing in back, from left: Professor Depew, Paul J. Bailey '22, Arthur B. Kroog '23, Edward B. Sheridan '23, Ernest W. Christensen '23, Gordon L. Fox '22, Charles W. Shepherd '21, William J. Haggerty '22. Standing, middle row: Anna H. Meserve '21, Sarah H. Cavis '21, Dorothy Thompson '23, Ruth M. Barker '22, Marguerite E. Marden '22, Rhoda A. Hyde '22. Seated, front: Edward J. Rumazza '23, Harold I. Leavitt '21, Stafford J. Connor '23, Edgar L. Gadbois, Charles E. Reardon '22, Carl Lundholm '21, Earl E. Lorden '21, Irving F. Sherwood '22, Ralph B. Harvell '21.

My father, William H. Borden Jr. '53, met my mother, Nancy Hill Borden '54, while at UNH. She graduated in 1954 and they married later that year. My mother passed away a long time ago, but my father is still alive and well. When the last UNH Magazine issue arrived, he was all excited about the picture of downtown Durham and asked me if I noticed anything. There it was, Ben Hill's store on page 3. Ben Hill '20 was my mother's father. After graduating, he opened the store and ran it until it went out of business. My father had always heard about the store but never really knew much about it. So thank you for uncovering some of our family history. We have a fourth generation attending currently--my son Chase Borden '14.

Durham drug store Editor's note: Archivist Mylinda Woodward '97 reports that Benjamin "Benny" Hill '20 purchased Durham Drug Store in 1924 and changed its name to Ben Hill's. He ran the store until 1930, when he sold it to a man named Marelli (possibly of Marelli's Fruit and Real Estate in Newmarket) and moved to Portland, Maine, to work for the J.E. Gould Co. Marelli sold the store the following year to two UNH alums, who renamed it The Wildcat.

The "Then and Now" story was great. I especially enjoyed the photos of Congreve, where I spent four wonderful years in North Congreve from 1958-62. All the photos were fun to see, especially for someone like me who has never gotten back to UNH. Maybe I'll still get a chance!

Savak Singh and yoga students
YOGA CODA: Several alums wrote in to identify the students and the form of meditation in this 1973 photo. According to Jeffrey Baruc '75, the Kundalini yoga teacher, wearing a turban, is Savak Singh. (Roberta Stack '75 remembers his name as Sevak Singh Khalsa.) On the left, with beards, are Robert Baruc '74 and his brother Jeffrey. Carol Wolcott '73 is sitting to Khalsa's left, and Roger W. Adams '74 (according to Bill Randall '74, Kate Lorinczi Soukonnikov '75 and Deborah Winter '72) is on his right. Ginny Clifford '77, '82G recalls that Khalsa was the leader of a small ashram on Fourth Street in Dover.
Two Heroes

Re "After War, Life" in the Fall '12 issue, both Scott '04 and Dora Quilty '03 truly deserve the title "hero" and are an inspiration to each one of us! Stories like this one should be printed on the front page of The New York Times so all the world can read about the true American spirit.

Camp Follower

It was great to see that PAWs ("Freshmen Find Their Footing," Fall 2012) appears to be similar in nature to the old Freshman Camp. That warms my heart. Freshman Camp is where I met some of my longtime friends, and it also helped me tremendously in adjusting to school. Hats off to those who renamed and reformatted the program to bring it back to life.


Brooks Payette '12 is not UNH's first Truman Scholar, as stated in "Motivated by Obstacles," Spring 2012. The first was James A. Burchell '80, who won the Truman scholarship in 1978; the second was Dennis J. O'Connell '90, who won in 1986. UNH Magazine regrets the error.

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