Richard “Dick” Dulude, 83, trustee emeritus of Colby-Sawyer and resident of Georges Mills, N.H., and Vail, Colo., died Sunday, Jan. 1, at home in New Hampshire.
Dick was born in Dunbarton, N.H. in 1933. He graduated from Concord High School and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Syracuse University. He also completed the Senior Executive Program of the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With his wife, Jean, Dick enjoyed traveling the world, and they often included their children and grandchildren. Dick loved the mountains, lakes and the preservation of these resources. Their property in New Hampshire is in a land trust designed to protect natural areas from development.
Dick was elected to the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees in 2005 and began his first of three three-year terms as a member of the Finance and Enrollment Management (chair 2006-2010) committees. He also served on the Audit, Board Organization, Executive (vice chair 2008-2011), Human Resources and Investment (chair 2012-2014) committees. Dick, along with his wife Jean, belonged to the college’s Heritage Society, which recognizes those who provide for Colby-Sawyer’s future through a bequest or deferred gift.
Dick’s bright smile was always a welcome sight, and he was known as a gracious and kind presence who will certainly be missed.
“I only had the opportunity to meet Dick briefly, but I have heard from so many what an effective, warm and gracious leader Dick was,” said President Susan D. Stuebner.
Dick was a retired vice chairman of Corning Incorporated. He joined Corning in 1957 and served a distinguished career with the company until his retirement in 1993. He held a number of sales, marketing, engineering and general management positions with the company and in 1971, he was elected vice president and general manager of Corning’s Technical Products Division. He subsequently served as vice president of Corning Glass International and manager of the company’s European operations, president of Corning Europe and senior vice president and director of marketing and business development. In 1983, Dick was appointed group president for Corning’s Telecommunications business and elected a director of the company. Subsequently he was elected a vice chairman of Corning Inc. and named chairman and CEO of Siecor Corporation. He was named chairman and CEO of Corning Vitro Corporation in 1992.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Peter F. Volanakis, who retired as president of Corning Incorporated in 2010, remembers Dick as a “formidable executive and a warm, thoughtful, generous man.”
Dick was also a life member of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement. He was a former member of the Boards of Directors of Corning Incorporated; Corning International Corporation; Siecor Corporation; Dow Corning Corporation; AMBAC, Inc.; Welch-Allyn; Landec; Grumman; Raychem; Hand Held Products; Clarkson University; and other organizations such as The American School in Paris and The American Hospital of Paris. He was a former member of the National Ski Patrol and listed in Who’s Who in France and Who’s Who in the World.
He is predeceased by his son, Jeffrey. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean (MacDonald) Dulude; two sons, Jonathan and his wife, Lezli, and Joel; and four grandchildren
Friends may call on the family on Friday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, NH.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Jeff Dulude Melanoma Foundation, 6133 North 28th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016, or to the charity of one’s choice.