Priscilla Maynard

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PETERBOROUGH - Priscilla (Sally) Kingsbury Frechette Maynard died on Feb. 6, 2013. She was born in Keene on June 29, 1920, second child of Edward and Lillian (Williamson) Kingsbury. Christened Priscilla, she was known as Sally throughout her life. She was educated in the Keene public schools, graduating with the Class of 1937 - valedictorian and editor of the school newspaper. After a year of post-graduate college preparation at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., she entered Smith College and graduated with the class of 1942.

The country was at war at this time and Sally followed her mathematics teacher to Washington, D.C., to take a job in the Office of Price Administration, one of the large new governmental agencies created to manage the booming wartime economy. Her section was devoted to the rather esoteric mission of "establishing formulae for pricing non-ferrous metal castings."

This interlude was soon interrupted by her marriage to Henry Manley Frechette, her college sweetheart, who was then in the Navy Supply Corps. Like so many wartime brides, Sally followed her new husband from post to post until he was shipped overseas. By the time the war was over, she had had her first child and the next 20 years of her life were spent in rearing six children and carrying out the duties of a business executive's wife.

During that time, Sally was active in "women's causes," such as the League of Women Voters, the hospital board, the Monadnock Health and Welfare Council, chairing the committee to raise funds for the Keene Senior Citizens building, and especially education.

Sally was elected to the Keene Board of Education and served on the board for nine years, several of those years as chairman. This activity led to membership on the New Hampshire School Board Association, on its executive committee and finally, as president. From this association, Sally received "the Distinguished Service Award" and subsequently, the "Woman of the Year" award.

In 1973, Sally was one of eight women in New Hampshire to receive the first annual "Women's Service Award." Three years later, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce named Sally "Keene Citizen of the Year."

Following the untimely death of her husband at the age of 56, Sally decided to go back to college for an MBA to prepare herself for the next stage of her life. She completed her degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. For the rest of her active life, Sally's was a guiding voice in her family's Kingsbury Machine Tool Corporation. Sally also provided guidance to the Kingsbury Fund, the philanthropic offshoot of Kingsbury Machine Tool. The Fund makes contributions to local activities and organizations, especially those of importance to Kingsbury employees.

While still working on her MBA, Sally was asked to serve on the board of directors of the Ashuelot National Bank. Not long thereafter, she was appointed to the board of directors of the state's energy utility, Public Service Company of New Hampshire.

At about this time, Dartmouth College made the momentous decision to turn coed and to admit women as well as men. The board of directors, all male and all Dartmouth alumni, realized that with the entrance of female students it was appropriate to have a woman on the Board. When Sally was selected for this role, she became the first woman trustee of the College as well as the first non-Dartmouth trustee in recent history. She did, however, have very strong Dartmouth connections. Her late husband and a son had graduated from the college, and two more sons, a grandson and a granddaughter subsequently earned degrees from the college. Sally served on the board during the presidencies of Kemeny, McLaughlin and Friedman from 1979 to 1989. She also served on the Dartmouth Medical School Board of Overseers.

While still on the Dartmouth Board, Sally was asked to serve on the board of directors of New England College and went on to become chairman of its board.

In 1986, Sally married Douglas Maynard, retired provost of Hunter College. With her husband retired and with most of her community service behind her, the two were able to devote their time to their favorite interests. First came their large combined family, followed by travel, bird watching, tennis, golf and bridge.

Sally is survived by her husband, Douglas Maynard of Peterborough; her sister Alice Bakemier of Denver; and nine children and stepchildren and their spouses, David and Sydney Frechette of Munsonville, Jim and Cindy Frechette of Austin, Texas, Jocelyn Frechette and Gerald Howe of Portsmouth, Henry Frechette and Judy Hodge of Reading, Mass., Edward and Ellen Frechette of Dorchester, Mass., Peter and Eleanor Frechette of Wellesley, Mass., Susan Maynard of Norwich, Conn., Thomas Maynard of Newport, R.I., William and Janet Maynard of Wellesley, Mass. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


services: A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church in Peterborough at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and friends are invited to attend a reception following the service. A private burial is planned.

In lieu of flowers, Sally asked that donations be made to Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, P.O. Box 217, Sullivan, 03445, or Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, 128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 301 Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in Union Leader on Feb. 8, 2013