Fernand Jules Prevost
1936 - 2019
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Fernand J. Prevost, 83, died on December 9 at Concord Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 62 years of Myrna (Braley) Prevost. A towering figure in the education community, Ferd was a fierce advocate for mathematics education, a steadfast member of South Church, and an extraordinarily devoted husband and father.

Ferd was born February 17, 1936 in Dracut, Mass. He was raised in Hudson, NH by Frank and Eva Prevost, and graduated from Alvirne High School in 1953. He went on to Keene Teachers College, where, at the suggestion of some very astute high school teachers, he pursued a bachelor's degree in mathematics education. It was also where he met Myrna, and they quickly fell in love. Ferd ultimately decided to convert from Catholicism to Congregationalism so Myrna would marry him. They were married at Union Congregational Church in Hebron, NH in 1957.

Ferd began his teaching career at public schools in Troy and Hanover, NH. In 1963, he and Myrna moved to Concord, where he began a 30-year career as a mathematics education consultant with the State Department of Education. He worked extensively with school districts on curriculum development, and presented countless workshops for teachers with the goal of making mathematics classrooms vibrant and dynamic learning centers.

In addition to his state responsibilities, Ferd served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and Boston University. He obtained a master's in teaching and mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, and a doctorate in mathematics education from Boston University. He also co-authored a number of math textbooks for Silver Burdett, somehow finding time to write at night and on weekends.

From 1999 to 2007, Ferd co-directed the New Hampshire Impact Center, focused on professional development of middle school teachers, at Plymouth State University.

Ferd was a founding member of the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM), and an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 1994, NHTM honored him with the creation of the Fernand J. Prevost Mathematics Teaching Award. In 2007, the Keene State College Alumni Association recognized Ferd at a ceremony in celebration of 50 years of dedication to mathematics education in New Hampshire. In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Keene State College.

Ferd joined South Church in 1964. Over the years he served in practically every aspect of church life, including serving as a deacon and church council president.

Despite his many accomplishments, Ferd remained humble throughout his life. He was a man of deep integrity and compassion. His love of family was profound. He loved a good laugh - no joke was too corny. He enjoyed stamp collecting, classical music, theater, reading, and bottomless cups of black coffee. His signature eggnog will be missed for many Christmases to come.

Ferd is survived by his wife Myrna; his children Kira Meeken and her husband David, Lisa Sandler and her husband Timothy, Richard Prevost and Darren Prevost; his grandchildren Aaron Meeken, Max Sandler, Tess Sandler, Sophia Prevost, Hannah Prevost and Alex Prevost, and his brother Frank Prevost. He was predeceased by his siblings Jasper, Conrad, Hector, and Ruth.

Visiting hours will be held in the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. A celebration of Ferd's life will be held at South Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord on Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ferd's name to South Church at https://www.southchurchconcord.org/make-a-donation

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December 7, 2020
Hello. It was nice to be reminded of a very nice and intelligent man. Thinking of him made me smile. May he rest in peace.
Frank Prevost
December 23, 2019
Kira and Family,
I am saddened to learn of your Father's passing...remember the good times...Peace!
Thom Scagliotti
December 16, 2019
Myrna, Bev and I are sorry to hear of Ferd's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. Shel
Sheldon Blanchard
December 16, 2019
I will always remember Ferd and his laugh at the many classes that I took through the NH Impact Center. His legacy will live on through the work of the many people that he taught. My condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one.
December 15, 2019
Perhaps, the Father of New Hampshire Math Education, the first and longest serving math consultant at the NHDOE and one of the founders of NHTM (New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics). Although Ferd was semi-retired by the time I become involved in NHTM and state mathematics education, I had the pleasure of working with him on at least one state standards revision and interacting with him at several conferences. I remember being a little nervous the first time he was in the audience of one of my presentations, but his smile, attentive eyes, and eagerness to hear the old topic in a new voice set me right at ease. I found him to be very humble and eager to help others achieve despite being a resident expert in the field. His gifts have been and will be remembered.--Terri Magnus, President-Elect NHTM
December 14, 2019
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December 14, 2019
Myrna, I only briefly met Fern when he helped you set up at Our House craft sales. What an amazing man he was. I was also surprised that my husband and I met Kira when my husband worked with her husband at Morse and Martin. Our condolences to you and your family.
Donna Frost
December 13, 2019
Myrna, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. May God bless you and your family and comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Always a friend and former classmate. Lois
Lois Glines
December 13, 2019
Hello. To all of the family we send our sincere condolences. I always thought uncle Ferd was a great guy. He was instrumental in getting me interested in math and science when I was very young. May he rest in peace. With sympathy, Frank and Carol Prevost
Frank Prevost
December 13, 2019
A Note from a Neighbor:

Ferd was a kind, thoughtful gentleman.
He was a very good neighbor.
My time with him was brief, usually conversation in the street. Every conversation we shared started by Ferd asking me how I was doing, followed by how each member of my family was doing as-well.
Often we would discuss how the neighborhood had changed so much over the years. Sometimes we would discuss, his years in Mathematics or the weather.
I could tell he was a very intelligent man who truly loved the life he had chosen to live. He said a few times that the dividends outweighed work, but doing the work is where the fun began..
It took me a minute to process what he was talking about, but it suddenly became apparent when I would look at my family, home and life with open eyes.
I believe Ferd Jules Prevost was a wiser man than even he ever knew.
I only was blessed to have known him. Although our neighborly friendship was brief just a bit over 7 years.
My encounter with him were always thoughtful, meaningful and memorable.
I am a better man for knowing him.
Rest Easy Ferd
You will be missed by the Neighborhood , and my family.
You are truly a man that can claim your time here on earth was not wasted. The world is now a better and smarter place because you were in it.

There is a brief poem that I have been working on for years, and I just figured out how to end it. So I dedicate it finalization to you Ferd.
Rhythms & Melodies

Rhythms and Melodies of sweet children's ryms
Soft velvet rose peddles and sips of sweet wine
For these are the things that draw me apart, they fill up my head a clutter my heart.

The fresh smell of bread you smell from a far, that soft engine purr from that fancy dream car.
For these are the things that draw me apart, they fill up my head and clutter my heart.

The Sounds & Laughter with children at play, the warmth from sunshine on that bright summer's day.
For these are the things that draw me apart, they fill up my head and clutter my heart.

The cluster of numbers that cover the sheet, that neighborly greeting when we met on the street.
For these are the things that draw me apart they fill up my head and clutter my heart.

Ferdand Jules Prevost the completion of this poem Is dedicated to you
I will always remember your smile, neighbor.
Rest easy.
Jason Manning
December 13, 2019
Kira and the Prevost Family I offer you all my sorrows and condolences with the passing of your Dad. I pray for your strength during your time of sadness.
May your Dad Rest In Comfort.
Mike Philbrick
December 13, 2019
So beautifully written. He raised a wonderful family also! You all have such fond memories as you go through these difficult days. Thinking of your family Rick and Lisa, hoping all you great memories bring you Peace.
December 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss. He will live forever in your hearts and minds. Rest In Peace Mr. Prevost.
Dan Horne
December 11, 2019
So sorry for loss. An amazing life well lived.
Love and prayers.
Danielle and Tom Armas
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