Thanks for the memories

Last week, Ansell Palmer, a dear friend of the Hampton Historical Society passed away.

As a newcomer to town, I first worked with him in 1988, when I helped sell Hampton history books for the 350th celebration.  Later, I served on the HHS board of directors with him as his vice-president. He was a true gentleman. Energetic and positive Ansell was a delight to work with on projects.

He pushed us into the modern era during his presidency. We hired an archivist to help us learn to catalog our collection, we started the quarterly newsletter “Gatherings from the Green”, and established our endowment fund with the Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation.

Ansell was a veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific. After the war he became a design and mechanical engineer developing electrical measuring equipment and registered over 25 patents for General Electric.  On a community level he served in many capacities including selectman during the 1980s.

Through our new oral history project we had hoped Ansell would be one of our first interviewees. But his health started to fail before we were able to record his memories of the community he loved so much. Regardless, Ansell has left an impression on all who knew him.

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