Notable New Hampshire Deaths: Durham Land Conservationist William Givens

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Cemetery on the Plains on Cobbetts Pond Road in Windham. The headstone pictured is at the grave of Fred S. Webster Jr., who lived from 1907 to March 11, 1932. He was 24 years old when he died in Lawrence, Mass., of appendicitis, according to his death certificate. His occupation was listed as a clerk in a potato chip company. The gravesite also contains the remains of his wife, Edith Mae Cooper (1901-1986) and her second husband, Edward B. Cullinan (1902-1963). scans the websites of New Hampshire funeral homes each week and selects at random some of our friends, relatives and neighbors to feature in this column. The people listed here passed away during the previous week and have some public or charitable connection to their community. is now offering obituaries through the service. We view this as part of our public service mission. Click here or on the Obituaries tab at the top of our home page to learn more. And if you know of someone from New Hampshire who should be featured in this column, please send your suggestions to

William Givens, 82, of Durham, died March 21, 2023. He was a mechanical engineer who built and raced his own Formula B cars, an avid outdoorsman, and an entrepreneur with a talent for rescuing failing companies. When his family’s 233-acre ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., came on the market last summer, the listing was featured in the Wall Street Journal as Wyoming’s most expensive property for sale with an asking price of $35 million. The ranch that Givens and his family spent 40 years owning and protecting sold within a month. The property, across the Snake River from Grand Teton National Park, is known to be a migratory route for elk and other wildlife and was owned by the Givens family with the specific goal of protecting what they recognized as critical wildlife habitat, and most of the property is held in a conservation easement, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. (Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine)

Chris T. Armen DDS, 93, of Lebanon, died March 19, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran, he served for three years as company commander at Camp Rucker, Ala., in the 1950s. He was a dentist in Newport and Lebanon for 37 years and was president of the N.H. Dental Society and a member on the Northeast Region Board of Dental Examiners, often serving as chief examiner. He was honored as a Fellow by the International College of Dentists. He was a member of the Newport School Board and Budget Committee and moved to Lebanon after retirement, serving on the planning board. He was a member of the Lions Club in Newport for 30 years. (Knight Funeral Homes & Crematory, White River Junction, Vt.)

Carol Ann Cullinan, 80, of Bradford, died March 17, 2023. She and her husband Francis opened up their own bookstore on Route 114 near Lake Massasecum called Books By the Lake in 1993, and she worked until recently. (Bennett Funeral Home)

Gerald A. “Jake” Lovett, 93, of Plaistow, died March 17, 2023. A U.S. Army veteran,  he retired as a senior engineers from Lucent Technologies. He was active in establishing and promoting local town youth sports teams in Plaistow, and in 1969 he founded Timberlane Junior Football and Cheer, which he served as  a longtime board member and former president. He also established the first softball league in the area and coached baseball as recently as 2007 and basketball in 2013. He was the recipient of the Merrimack Valley Student Athlete Lifetime Commitment Award, and in 2016, the Plaistow Community YMCA Commitment to Community Award. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the 11th Airborne Division Association, and the Walnut Square Association. (Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home)

Barbara J. Barbieri, 86, of Milan, died March 20, 2023. She was a librarian in Berlin public schools for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1999. She volunteered with the Heritage Park in its early days. She also volunteered with the Berlin Historical Society and St. Kieran’s Center for the Arts. (Bryant Funeral Home)

Adrianne M. (Gray) Lauridsen, 97, of New London, died March 16, 2023. She was a dorm parent at Proctor Academy in Andover from 1946-1952.  She was a ski instructor and owner/office manager of Laurids Lauridsen Ski School at King Ridge Ski Area from 1962-1980.  An excellent skier, she had been a ski instructor for Colby Junior College and Colby-Sawyer College. She was also an antiques and art dealer since 1946.  Ade was a member of The First Baptist Church of New London and a former Deacon and member of the Baptist Women’s Fellowship.  She was a member of the New London Historical Society, where she taught hearth cooking and was chairman of the acquisitions and purchasing committee.   She received the Profile Automobile League President’s Cup in 1967 and the Third-of-a-Century award from the New London Service Organization in 2017. (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

Harold W. Solomon, 89, of Nashua, died March 19, 2023. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was an entrepreneur most of his working life specializing in environmental remediation and pollution control. He founded  EMTEK and Universal Environmental Technologies (UET). He invented and patented several devices. He was also an avid soccer player for more than 45 years, playing as recently as a few months ago. He participated in 60-plus Nashua World Cup Tournaments and was a long-time member of the Nashua Soccer Council and the Over-the-Hill Soccer League. He helped start the first youth soccer league in Nashua, coaching for many years. (Davis Funeral Home)

Wallace W. Adair, 67, of Columbia, died March 17, 2023. Known by many as “Toota,” he worked for 23 years for the maintenance department of Colebrook schools and as a logger. He operated Wally’s RV Repair, and was a member of the Colebrook Jaycees. He was also a member of the Colebrook Fire Department for more than 19 years, serving as deputy forest fire warden for the Town of Columbia for many years. (Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home)

Joyce Anne Glazier, 87, of Lebanon, died March 19, 2023. She and her husband owned and operated several businesses, including the Carroll Motel, the Holy Cow restaurant and Tuttle Brook Log Homes. (Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home)

Dorothy Lane (Graves) Yakovakis, 88, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of Manchester, died March 16, 2023. She was church secretary of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester for several years. She created “Smitty,” the Smyth Road School mascot. She taught school in Little Rock, Ark., France, Augsburg, Germany, Montclair, N.J., and Manchester. She was also a bookkeeper and office manager for her husband Jim Yakovakis’ law practice in Manchester for many years until he retired. (Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine)

Malcolm F. Shea, 85, of Milford, died March 16, 2023. He was a member of the Milford Fire Department and a founding member of Milford’s Volunteer Ambulance Service. He was also a long-time member of the New Hampshire Ski Patrol. He worked for many years for Metropolitan Life and more than 25 years for Raytheon. He was a communicant of Saint Patrick’s Parish and was Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. (Smith & Heald Funeral Home)

Edward Louis Lavallee, 69, a lifetime resident of Belmont, died March 21, 2023. He was an adjunct professor at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, where he shared his knowledge of computers with students until his retirement. He worked to establish the Laconia chapter of Saint Vincent de Paul and opened their first food pantry and thrift store locations. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor born April 26, 121, died March 17, 180

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