Arthur H. Ellum

HOOKSETT - Arthur Harry Ellum, 73, died, Feb. 28, 2013, from chronic pulmonary disease.

He was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Audrey and Arthur Ellum. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary High School, Johnson State College with a B.S. in education, Keene State College with an M.Ed. in special education and industrial education, and Colorado State University on an EDPA Fellowship with a Ph.D. in technical education administration. He also attended the Culinary Institute of America.

Arthur served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for 16 years and the N.H. National Guard A Battery 3 - 197th Field Artillery for four years.

Arthur served the youth of Vermont and New Hampshire as an educator for more than 30 years. Arthur taught special education in Johnson, Vt., and Keene. He worked as the Title 1 and special education director in Epping. He was employed as special education consultant and as director of professional development with the N.H. Department of Education for more than 10 years. During that time, he was also a lecturer at Saint Anselm College, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in special education. He was the executive director of Adult and Technical Education at the Manchester School of Technology. He was the vocational technical director at the Berlin Regional Technology Center from 1983 until his retirement in 2003.

Arthur was a member of the N.H. Vocational Education Association; American Vocational Association; N.H. Council of Secondary Administrators of Vocational Education; New and Returning Vocational Teacher Advisory Council, Keene State College; Berlin Technical College Advisory Board; and past president of the Berlin Gorham Rotary Club International. He was a member of the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Arthur received a personal commendation from Gov. Meldrim Thomson for exemplary performance as the state administrator of CETA and the Manpower Services Program. He also received an award from the N.H. State Council for Vocational-Technical Education for "Significant Contributions to Vocational Education in New Hampshire." On his retirement in 2003, Arthur was particularly proud of receiving from the N.H. Department of Education a proclamation designating June 13 as Arthur H. Ellum Education Day and identified him as the father of the N.H. Twenty Area Vocational Center concept.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Mary Addario Anderson Ellum, and six children: Kristine Anderson Francoeur, her husband, Roger, and their sons, Ryan and Nathan, of Londonderry; David Ellum and his daughter, Mairi, of Concord; Mark Anderson and his husband, Christopher Dowd, of Washington, D.C.; Peter Ellum and his wife, Lisa, of Denver, N.C.; Karla Anderson Danais, her husband, Michael, and their children Emma, Samuel and William, of Tuftonboro; Sara Anderson Ebie and her husband, Jeremy, of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Audrey Pociask and Betsy Smith of Georgia.

Arthur enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, boating, cooking and traveling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.


services: Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Memorial service will commence at noon in the Lambert Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Rolph, chaplain of the Veterans Administration, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.

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Published in Union Leader on Mar. 3, 2013