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PSU releases details of Councilor Ray Burton memorial service

December 03. 2013 4:52PM

Plymouth State University on Tuesday released details of the planned mid-December public memorial service for the late Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

The university said the service for Burton, who died last month, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Courtroom of PSU’s Hartman Union Building.

Burton was a graduate of PSU in 1962, when it was known as the Plymouth Teachers College.

Scheduled speakers at the service include Gov. Maggie Hassan, former Gov. John Lynch, U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and former Burton intern Trevor Chandler.

The Plymouth State Chorale will perform and, according to the university, the service will be streamed live on line by PSU and WMUR television.

PSU said that carpooling is “strongly encouraged,” and parking will be located at the university’s P.E. Center on Route 175-A in Holderness, with shuttle busses available. The parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m. and all who attend are asked to be seated by 11:30 a.m.

Burton began his career as a school teacher and principal and later became an adjunct faculty member at PSU’s Department of Social Sciences.

After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire college students to learn more about state government.

Plymouth State has established the Honorable Raymond S. Burton ‘62 Public Service Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for PSU students from New Hampshire who aspire to public service.

The university is also establishing a Raymond S. Burton Collection in the Lamson Library’s Spinelli Archives and Special Collections, which will house Burton’s papers and memorabilia.

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