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Letter: A Long Life of Exemplary Citizenship

To the Editor:

Our mother and grandmother, Ray Grant Theriault, turned 100 on June 13. We’re sharing news of the occasion with Upper Valley readers as a way of paying tribute to her many efforts on behalf of her neighbors.

Having studied at Radcliffe and attended meetings of the League of Women Voters there as well as in Madison, Wisc., in 1936, she decided, with four other interested women, to found a League of Women Voters in Norwich and even to run for office in the ’50s, when few women did so. She may have lost that election, but it did not stop her from being engaged in the Upper Valley. In fact, 2010 marked her 50th anniversary as a member of the Upper Valley League of Women Voters.

Out of her home basement, she next started up what turned into the original Hanover Co-op, buying fruit from Florida. Ray worked at Dartmouth when she could, as head of the language lab, secretary of the physics department and, when Dartmouth became coed, as a member of relevant administrative staff.

An avid gardener, reader, skier, runner and golfer, Ray is interested in everything and has a not-so-secret passion for crossword puzzles.

In her retirement, she has been an active learner and followed the Dartmouth Lifetime Learning series every year until recently and is still an involved committee member at Harvest Hill, which she now calls home.

Originally British, Ray has always been extremely proud of her American citizenship. Once she became eligible to vote, she never missed a poll!

She always maintained that being born on Friday the 13th in 1913 was lucky, but to her family, her luck seems to be the result of her efforts.

Marcia L. Theriault, (Daughter)

Michele Chappaz (Granddaughter)

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