MEREDITH - Peter F. Hutchins, Sr. of Meredith, died at his home Thursday, June 14, 2012 after living with cancer during the last two years. He was born in Winchester, Mass. April 4, 1949 to Mary Folsom Crocker of Laconia, and the late Emlen Tracy Hutchins. Peter was a graduate of Bates College and University of Maine Orono, and pursued doctoral studies at the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
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Peter was a career educator whose talents and gifts were enjoyed by students and colleagues over 40 years in Maine and New Hampshire at the Old Town YMCA, Helen Hunt School, Herbert Gray School, University of Maine at Orono, Cornish Elementary School, SAU 6, SAU 43, Plymouth State University, and Plymouth Elementary School. Peter supplemented his career in public education by establishing the Kearsarge Pre-School and Kindergarten and also by serving as an educational consultant. During his 18 year tenure at Plymouth Elementary, Peter led the school to its recognitions as a United States Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and United States Distinguished Title I School. In addition to academic excellence, his educational philosophy included enriching lives with sports and the arts. Peter was a founding member of the Educational Theatre Collaborative, a program based at Plymouth State dedicated to integrating arts with area schools and community.
Peter is survived by his wife, Salina L. Millora of Meredith; and brothers, Richard K. Hutchins of Raleigh, N.C. and Claremont, and Winslow H. Crocker, Jr. of Brewster, Mass. Peter was a loving father to Scott D. Kull of Fort Worth, Texas, Sean R. Kull of Bangor, Maine, Kathryn L. Kull of New London, and Peter F. Hutchins, Jr. of New Hampton. He was a second parent to his daughters-in-law, Paola S. Kull and Chelsea S. Woodard and son-in-law, Brian J. Connolly, and a proud grandfather to Rebecca M. Kull, Kelsey S. Kull, Sydney L. Connolly, Casey S. G. Kull and Lucas K. Connolly.
Peter's guiding passions were family, dogs, sports and spending time at the camp on the lake in Meredith. He was dedicated to taking care of and spending time with those he loved in his personal and professional lives. For those whose lives he affected, we will carry him with us always.
Peter's life will be celebrated by a private ceremony.
Donations may be made to the Peter F. Hutchins Children & The Arts Fund at Plymouth State University, Advancement Office, MSC #50, 17 High Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home
164 Pleasant Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 19, 2012