Hubbard Award

Jack Smith UNH alum



John H. “Jack" Smith '50

Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy


Evening of Distinction


Exemplary Service



Friday, September 25, 2015

View the history of the
Hubbard family and their
impact on giving to UNH.


When John H. "Jack" Smith returned to UNH for his 50th class reunion, he came back to the university. Really came back, as he hadn’t since he’d graduated in 1950. And he hasn’t left since.

In 1999, he established the John H. Smith ‘50 Scholarship, one of six scholarships he would go on to fund. The Scarborough, Maine, resident received the CEPS Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and is a past recipient of the university’s prestigious Alumni Meritorious Service Award. He also is a member of the Milne Society, which has contributed more than $1 million to UNH.

After his first semester at UNH in 1943, Jack joined the U.S. Navy, earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and served in the Pacific during WWII. He returned to UNH and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at UNH in 1950.

His engineering career began at Curtis-Wright and Thiokol Chemical Corp. In 1973, Jack founded Portland Valve Incorporated. He retired in 1985.

Other scholarships Jack established include:
The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS) Student Project Fund
The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed Fund for Hockey
The Barbara Bridle Peyser ’50 Athletic Scholarship Fund
The John H. Smith ’50 Endowed Northeast Passage Fund
The John H. Smith ’50 Undergraduate Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Scholarship Fund.

The Power of Philanthropy

Oliver, Austin and Leslie HubbardThe Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc. established the Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy in 2001 to honor the Hubbard family, well known at the University for its remarkable generosity, and to recognize individuals whose philanthropic leadership and gifts have strengthened the University of New Hampshire and/or who have promoted philanthropy throughout the state.


Past Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy Recipients




2014 Marcy Peterson Carsey ’66, ‘88H
2013 Thomas W. Haas
2012 Dana Hamel '88P
2011 James ’07P and Anne ’07P Loomis
2010 The Honorable Walter R. and Dorothy D. Peterson
2009 David Steelman ’67, ’70G and Virginia Theo-Steelman ’62, ’69G
2008 Edward A. Fish ’58
2007 S. Melvin ’47 and Mary Jo Rines
2006 Forrest D. McKerley ’57
2005 David and Rosamund Putnam Family
2004 Arnold P. ’48 and Della Hanson
2003 Frederick B. Whittemore  
2002 Lewis M. Feldstein  
2001 Kinsley van R. Dey Jr. ’48