Former trustee Anne Dwyer Milne, 83, a resident of Manchester, N.H., died Saturday, March 31, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Anne was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 2, 1935, to Col. Harry L. Murray, Jr. and Vivian Jane Meyer. She graduated from Colby Junior College in 1954 and served on her alma mater’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1994 in the critical years following the college’s return to coeducation. As a trustee, she was a member of the Buildings and Campus Planning, Enrollment Management and Student Development committees. In 1994, she was recognized with the Alumni Service Award. In recent years, Anne was often on campus for meetings of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and Adventures in Learning.
“Anne exemplified the values of service and lifelong learning,” President Susan D. Stuebner said. “She shared her warmth, enthusiasm and talents with so many organizations including Colby-Sawyer. She loved this college and was one of the first alumnae to extend a kind welcome to me when I became president. I am grateful to have known her and appreciate the numerous ways Anne shared her expertise, generosity and grace with her beloved college.”
Anne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and a recent great-grandmother. She was an avid traveler who liked to learn about new cultures and see the sites, but she was always happy to come home to her family. Her most treasured trip was to watch and protect the orangutans in Borneo, a cause she supported throughout her life.
An exemplary member of her community, Anne was known in Manchester for her support of the arts, cultural endeavors and women’s causes. She was a member of the Manchester Garden Club for 52 years, a trustee (and trustee emerita) of the Currier Museum of Art for 36 years, and a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese for 23 years. She was also a trustee of The New Hampshire Institute of Art and was a former board member of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
Anne was a docent for decades at the Currier’s Zimmerman House and received the 2012 Frances P. Nelson Award from the Currier Museum Guild of Volunteers. In 2001, she was the first recipient of the Lifetime of Service Award from the Manchester Regional Community Foundation of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. An active member of Grace Episcopal Church, she enjoyed visiting Episcopal churches in the state. Until recently, Anne was a volunteer at the Massabesic Audubon Center as well as at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair.
Anne is survived by her daughter, Susan Haydock, and her son, Walter Milne, both of Auburn. She leaves her grandchildren, in whom she always tried to instill perfect manners, perfect grammar and a love of the arts and antiques: Katie Michonski and husband, Mike; Beth Haydock; Sarah Haydock; Nathan Milne and Matthew Milne. She leaves nieces Linnell Girolimon Krikorian and her husband, Rick, of Manchester; Charlotte Girolimon McCann of Austin, Texas; and nephew, Jeff Girolimon and his wife, Tara, of Cary, N.C.; her sister, Connie Murray of Jacksonville, Fla., nephew, Paul Murray of Frisco, Texas and her brother, Harry L. Murray III, of Reston, Va.; her niece, Madeline Winston Greenberg and nephews, Rich, Ken and Mike Winston, all of California. She also leaves her great nieces, a great nephew, two great grandnieces and her great granddaughter. Hailey Michonski. She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Norman F. Milne Jr., in 2001.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, located at 607 Chestnut Street in Manchester. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, located at 106 Lowell Street in Manchester.