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Planting the Seeds for Future Generations

Planting the Seeds for Future Generations
When the late Helen Hepler Clapp '39 established a fund in the memory of her father, UNH horticulture professor J. Raymond Hepler, little did she know that the work of the "Granite State Gardener" would one day help biochemistry major Ryan Haley '08 study malaria in Peru.

Haley's 2007 summer undergraduate research fellowship was funded in part by the J. Raymond Hepler Endowed Fund. "The benefactors of my education allowed a small-town New England boy to study cutting-edge science and become a better-educated and wiser person," he says.

Hepler's nearly 40 years at UNH ended in 1956, almost half a century before Haley arrived. Renowned for his work with New Hampshire native crops, Hepler would likely be amazed by the sort of research his legacy has engendered. But like the plants that were his life's work, the J. Raymond Hepler Endowed Fund provides the seed that will bear fruit for generations of students enrolled in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Establishing a memorial fund at UNH is just one of the many ways you can create lasting change for future generations of students. To learn more, please contact our Director of Gift Planning, Theresa M. Curry at (603) 862-4895 or Theresa.Soracco@unh.edu. Information is also available at www.unhlegacy.org. Thank you!


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