Nathaniel Hawthorne College Reunion

On the weekend of Sept 13, I traveled to Antrim, NH for an all-class college reunion. In 1976, I graduated from a small private college, Nathaniel Hawthorne that no longer exist because people embezzled money from the college and it had to close. It is such a sad legacy for a place where I spent four formative years!

My former classmates and I planned to meet at the soccer field at 1:00 PM on Saturday before the start of the reunion. I was sadden as I drove onto the campus. Gone were the “glory days” that I remembered so well.

Since the college closed in 1988, it has been sold a couple of times. One previous owner had some kind of a meditation/enlightenment school. Another, I believe, was planning to have a center of learning but I don’t think that came to fruition. It has recently been sold to an individual who plans to open an international boarding high school.

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BR: Paul, Janet, Fae, Cathi, Mike FR: Hailey, Sharalyn, Maureen

Everyone arrived at the appointed time: Janet and Maureen, who I had seen in August, were there with their respective spouse, Paul…who went to Hawthorne with us and Jim, who Maureen met on vacation in Cancun, Mexico over 26 years ago. Mike and Fae Willet, another couple who met at Hawthorne and who I had not seen since graduating in 1976. Also, Cathi Lanman and her husband, Warren.

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Peabody Hall, my old dorm

It was bittersweet walking around….several buildings had been completely torn down. The library, which was a brand new building when I was there as a freshman in 1972, is gone. The men’s dorms – CPS, West Hall, Hawthorn Hall are gone, as well as the Cafeteria Building, Shea Hall and the Union. The soccer field is overgrown with weeds. Fortunately, the Administration building is still there. It is privately owned and not part of the school property now.

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Mike and Fae

This picture is of Fae and Mike Willett who met at Hawthorne College.  36 years of blissful marriage, they look as young and cute as they did back when they were students.

The new owner was actually on the property as we were walking around. He and his associate were in the former dorm, Scarborough Hall. They invited us in and even offered a small tour. Many of us had lived in Scarborough Hall at one point of another. The newly installed elevators changed the lobby area but I was able to go to the third floor where I once lived. They are hoping to open the boarding school soon and offered for us to use the campus next year for our reunion. What a hoot it would be to stay in our old dorm again!

Paul Hardwick's Farm, Antrim, New Hampshire

Paul Hardwick’s Farm, Antrim, NH

The reunion was held on Paul Hardwick’s farm in Antrim. The organizers of the reunion coincided our gathering with Antrim Day celebration. For a small town of 2,500 people, there was much activity in the streets on Saturday. Unfortunately, around 2:00 PM, the dreary day gave way to rain. It was so frustrating, to have to stand under the tents and not be able to enjoy the many activities planned. They had horse shoe, volleyball, a fire pit and fireworks. Plus, they had arranged for 3 bands to entertain us. The instruments were all set up but the rain halted them from playing the electrical instruments. Sadly, people left close to 5:00. My group, there were 7 of us, stayed and visited. Around 8:00 the rain subsided enough so some music could be played. I was impressed by the musical abilities of the local people. They really sounded great!

Maplehurst Inn, Antrim, NH

Maplehurst Inn, Antrim, NH

All of my friends and I had made reservations at the Maplehurst Inn, a 300 year old inn in the heart of Antrim. Juls, the current owner, is in the process of renovating the building. I loved staying there. Yes, it was a little tired and gently worn but I think that gave it character. Breakfast, on Sunday, was delicious….an omelet, home fries, toast and plenty of great tasting coffee.

Before leaving Antrim, I walked around and took pictures of the town, helped do some clean-up at the farm and then headed towards home around 11:00. Traveling to the reunion, I took the highway route. On Sunday, I took the backroads and reminisced of all the trips my mom and I took back and forth to the school.

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War Dog Memorial, God Bless Them All! The inscription reads “In memory of those war dogs who were truly man’s best friend.”

I stopped wherever there was an interesting shop or site to explore. In Barrington, New Hampshire, I visited the cemetery because the sign said that there was a War Dog Memorial. The stone is inscribed: ”In memory of those war dogs who were truly man’s best friend.” What a wonderful tribute to those brave dogs who were so brave and trusting of their handlers to go into battle. It was a fantastic weekend and I do hope that I will be in the states whenever there is another Hawthorne reunion.

41 thoughts on “Nathaniel Hawthorne College Reunion

  1. Hi Sharalyn,
    Thanks you for this posting. I was in the Class of 86 and spent all 4 years living on the first floor of Scarborough.
    Tom

  2. Hi Tom,
    It was a fun weekend, Tom and hopefully, the reunions will continue to happen. It was so sad to walk around the campus and see it in the state that it is in, though. I am glad you enjoyed the post….so many memories, no?

  3. Nice!!! I attended N. Hawthrone from: 1972-1973 studying in the sciences. From there transferred to Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) where I recieved my B.S. in Chemistry, Minor in Biology. I did my graduate work at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) in Biochemistry. I’m currently employed at Washington State University, WSU (Puulman, WA) as a Boichemist responsible for the establishment & Director of: The Bio-Analytical Laboratory & Developmental Chemestries Laboratory here at WSU.
    At the end of a very successful career in Biochemistry it is was great going back to the beginning memories at Hawthrone College where it all started with Dr.Shane (chemistry) & Dr. Bowen (calculus) to whom I owe it all. “I Wish Them Well” where ever they are. Bert

    • Sounds like you have had an amazing career, Bert. It would be fun to hear of all the successes that Hawthorne grads have experienced over the years. Thank you for sharing your memories with me. I remember Dr Share and Dr Bowen. We must have been on campus the same time. I started my freshman year the fall of 1972. I wish you continued blessings. Warm regards, Sharalyn

    • Sounds like you have had a great career and to think it all began at Hawthorne!! Thanks for sharing. Sharalyn

  4. I was there for the Fall semester in 1979. Then moved at Northeastern Boston. Now, I am in Greece as a professor at TEI of Western Macedonia.
    I tried a couple of time to find the place in the Google Earth… but in vain, is it easy for you to send me the coordinates?
    I, also, remember a pub in the lakeside…is it still there?
    Oh, I was for a few games, the goalkeeper of the soccer team…

    • Hi there, Asterios – I sent you an email replying to this comment because for a long while, it didn’t show up on my blog. Anyway, in case you didn’t receive the email I sent here are the coordinates for Antrim, NH. 43.0309° N, 71.9389° W
      I hope this is what you were looking for. All I did to find them was type in google “coordinate for Antrim, NH” and this is what came up. The pub at Lakeside was called “Jacks” when I was at Hawthorne. The building is still there but it is no longer a pub. I hope this finds you well. Thanks for your comment.

    • Dr. Bill Miller, Soccer Coach
      Do you or anyone remember when the soccer team upset Boston College 1-0 when Fondus Tsronis from Athens dribbled threw the entire Boston team and scored the winning goal he spoke with a lisp how about teammates Melviole Louis, Simimon Giannkis, Sasha VonLowinstein, Patrick Coragan, Jim from New Jesery, Mark from Manchester?
      Millersoccer1@hotmail.com

      • Dr. Bill Miller, Soccer Coach
        Do you or anyone remember when the soccer team upset Boston College 1-0 when Fonda’s Tsronis from Athens dribbled through the entire Boston team and scored the winning goal?( he spoke with a lisp-I thought it was an “accent”) .How about teammates Melville Lewis , Simion Giannakos, Sasha Von Lowenstein, Patrick Corrigan, Jim from New Jesery, Mark Nicole from Manchester?
        Sorry any spelling mistakes but that team was right on….Fondas played pro for the Hartford Hellions and made NAIA All American ……..oh? Anyone know Sixtus Mianne from Lesotho?
        So much more!!

      • What year was this, Bill? I seem to remember a guy from Africa but not certain what country. It would have been around 74 – 76…I visited Lesotho in 2014. What a beautiful country!

      • I believe the African soccer player you referred to was “Mams” Mambouray. He was from The Gambia and attended Hawthorne on a scholarship. He graduated in 1975.

      • So verydisowned Sixtus nmother as low lifes!! very dishonest man…..Sixtus returned to marry his love Rose….quite a story.

        Mams….he was great…I saw himdominate the league before Sixtus…Hawthorne played powerful state champ Wilton under Wilton’s company lights…while it was a game scrimmage…score was 5 to 3 Hawthorne….he had 5 goals. happy to read your info!! Sixtus Mianne was from Maseru.He was very very poor even saw pictures of his hut and his dogs which were baked in the 7 foot high ant/insect mounds/termite …were destroyed andhis dogs were happily gone to America with me say Sixtus…..later found out that his brother John was sent to D. C. to be low level diplomatJohn
        (computer messing sorry all)

  5. My memory is having my CB
    radio stolen from my car while I was taking Senior Pictures. While two students detained me claiming some friend wanted his graduation photo taken, I was being ripped off. Thanks. I was a night school student at N.H.C. Glad I didn’t live on campus.

  6. Went to NHC for 1 year . Fall 70 – spring 71. Lived in lower level Hawthorne Hall. Unfortunately lost 3 Hawthorne classmates in wrecks that year & learning was difficult. Loved the campus setting.

    • Wow! That is really sad. I am not surprised as the drinking and driving were part of the college experience back then. There is some talk about trying to have another reunion. I don’t know if you would be interested and don’t know any details at this point. If you are on FB, there is a page for NH. I missed you by a year…went from ’72-’76.

      • Sorry, Helen, I am afraid I don’t. I went to Hawthorne ’72-’76….does anyone out there know Daegmar from ’68?

  7. Thanks. I’ll keep it in mind. Nice to hear your from Maine. My wife is from Belfast, Maine and my mom and her relatives are from Portland. Spent a lot of wonderful time there and one my NHC classmates was from Portland.

  8. You certainly do have Maine connections! Recently, I have discovered that there are quite a few alum living in Maine. When I went there, there were only a handful of us from ME, NH and VT…the majority were from NY and NJ. I love Maine…had to leave to gain a true appreciation for it, though. I grew up in Hallowell, outside of Augusta and currently live in Cape Elizabeth, outside of Portland!

  9. Just ran across your site. I was at Hawthorne form 1971 to 1975. I was married at the time with an infant son so I didn’t live on campus. I worked with the maintenance people at night. Don’t know if you remember Dottie Martin who worked in the Admin building for Col. DeFoe. She and I graduated from High School together in 1955 in Waltham Mass. Dottie Ware at that time. We again graduated together in 1975. Small world. Her husband was Bob Martin the aircraft mechanic for the school. They were suppose to move up to Maine and Bob was going to work for the FAA after Dottie finished school at NHC

    • Hi Ron! I was at Hawthorne from 72-76. I lived in Peabody and was head RA, worked in the cafeteria and my senior year was President of the Student Council. Of course I remember Dottie…she was an amazing lady with tons of personality. Are you still in the Antrim area? Are you on FB? They are planning a reunion at Greg Lake for all classes on Oct 7, 2017. Nice hearing from you…

      • Moved to Virginia after graduating and went to work for the govt. Moved to Florida after retiring in 1997. My wife passed away in 2012 and my son wanted me to move back to VA, Did so in 2013. My son and I ended up buying a house together in Martinsburg WV. I certainly would be interested hearing more about the reunion. I’m still in touch with a few Hawthorne graduates and I will be sure to let them know as well, Yes I am in FB.

      • I have been at least through Martinsburg, WV on one of my many drives south. It has been awhile since I have driven south, though. When hubby and I were first married, in 1988, we were transferred to Atlanta, GA with his job. Thought that was going to be “home”. Then he got with a travel team for the engineering company he worked for and we moved many times….lived in FL, GA, SC, AL, TX and MS as well as other states but those were the southern ones we lived in. Currently, make our home in Cape Elizabeth, ME – outside of Portland. I grew up in Hallowell, ME, outside of Augusta. I think WV is a beautiful state! Do you mind the winters after being in FL? Nice to be close to your son, though. I am so very, very sorry to hear about your wife. That was too young to pass…you had a whole retirement ahead of you. There is an “event” on FB for a Hawthorne reunion to be held on Sat, Oct 7 at noon at Gregg Lake. The event is “hosted” by Jane Hopwood. You could look for it. I don’t know how to get you hooked up to that event….let me know if you can’t find it. I will see what more I can do. I am hoping that I will be able to attend but doing quite a bit of traveling these days and hoping that I won’t be away that weekend. Fingers crossed! So nice chatting with you!

      • Moved to Florida when I retired because I hated the cold. Coming from Mass. makes that seem kind of strange. My wife used to tell me that I was allergic to the cold. Anyway. it’s better to be up here with the kids than down there alone. I spent some time in ME when I was in the Air Force. Limestone in Aroostock County to be exact. Got down to 42 Below at one point while I was there. I was very glad to leave. I will check FB for the event. Thanks.

      • Sharalyn are trying to open a private high school and fix the facilities…..for September…..seeking teenagers to attend…. scholarships available…..Bill Miler

    • hi Ron, joseph brown went to school the same years as you. Stop by and say you and your wife in Washington. Harriett and Rick Cartruish { may be wrong spelling} and David Liebman where friends.

      • Hi Joe. Remember you quite well. Also your brother with the unicycle. I am still in touch with Richie & Harriet Chartash on Facebook. They are still in Toronto. I contacted Richie about the reunion and they might be interested in going. I just found out about the reunion myself, but it’s a long way off yet, so you might want to try and make it if you can. As far as texting, I don’t do texting. I would rather talk to someone. Besides my cell phone is just that, a phone. If you are on Facebook send me a request or let me know your email address. Great to hear from you….Ron

  10. Embezzled. Many people graduated and went on to tremendous jobs and opportunities based on a this college. Generals in the US Army, Wall st . Lawyers , Ma CEOS of major firms.

    I owe my career to the fine faculty that made sure you learned and were successful in the game of life
    LOSE THE the SOUR GRAPES.
    .

    • Douglas,
      I don’t think any offense was meant by the term “embezzled”. Many went on to great careers and some didn’t. I don’t see what the term “embezzled” has to do with graduate success.

    • AGREED Doug….we were lucky to have such wonderful educators….so many success stories came out of our college ….btw: I coached and ran some branch campuses in New Hampshire…and dozens of individuals benefited from Hawthorne….I hired adjuncts from University system , Dartmouth , UMass….to a person,,,,,each l agreed our students were driven and most willing to excel!
      There were few individual that had”issues” and made others look bad.

  11. For those of you following this post, there is another reunion planned for Nathaniel Hawthorne alumnus. It on a Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Gregg Lake from noon to 4 PM. It is a pot-luck, BYOB. Here is the facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752728038380106/ or if you are not on facebook you can email to this address: nhcreunion@gmail.com. I am planning on going and if I have figured my travel schedule correctly, will be able to attend. If you come, please look for me and introduce yourself. It would be wonderful to connect in person!

    • Hawthorne Academy is trying to open for September…..the Chinese educators’ group is the driving force to revamp and develop this education project.
      (do not confuse with Hawthorn in California)
      btw:that spelling without the “e” is accurate even though this computer thinks differently and has fought me all the way…..

  12. Hi guys. I was at Hawthorne from 82 through 86. Those were years when the college was really struggling financially and enrollment was a fraction of what it had been a decade earlier. There was talk in my freshman year that there had been an embezzlement of funds by someone high up at the college, who was also a state official. But one of the real issues at that point was the involvement of FIT, Florida Institute of Technology. Their being new “owners” of the school was a big selling point while I was trying to decide on what college to attend in early 1982. But it turned out there was a law in New Hampshire that restricted out of state institutions from buying up small NH colleges. That hampered any financial infusions from FIT into a cash strapped Hawthorne. Not long ago FIT itself folded up and then restarted. However the quality and integrity of the Hawthorne professors and administration staff during my time there were really great. They worked hard to give the students a quality education under difficult circumstances and I’m very grateful to them.

    • Hi Tom…wondering if you know about the all-school reunion planned on Saturday, October 7, 2017…current plans are to have it at Gregg Lake around noontime but I think others are trying to arrange something indoors….Thanks for sharing your memories…

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