The legacy of these Granite Staters is lasting
Nixon, a longtime New Hampshire attorney whose civic contributions include fundraisers for the William B. Cashin Senior Center and being a founder of the Joe Yukica-New Hampshire chapter of the National Football Foundation, is battling cancer. He said that when facing trouble, people go through stages that include disbelief, anger and apathy.
McQuaid said the recipients had likely all received accolades throughout their lives.
Warren Schomaker of Jackson, honored for his work with the Jackson Historical Society, drew laughter when he said that as part of buying a Mercedes to celebrate his 90th birthday, he purchased an additional two-year warranty to extend his coverage to five years.
Paul and Anna Grace Holloway of the Holloway Automotive Group, honored in part for establishing the Paul J. Holloway Prize, which provides a $25,000 stipend to an aspiring young entrepreneur, said they were humbled and honored by the Granite State Legacy Award.
But her husband said he believed his family benefitted from living in the Granite State.
Jackie Burke, in accepting an award for her mother, Renee Riedel-Plummer, said that while her mother, honored for her work in revitalizing Pease International Tradeport, was shocked by the award, those who know Riedel-Plummer were not, given “Hurricane Renee’s” reputation as someone able to get things done.
Kimon S. Zachos, who graduated from Wesleyan University a year before Nixon, was honored for a career that included being part of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and being the driving force behind the Currier Museum of Art owning and expanding its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman house. He said he was honored to do his small part to make his home state better.