Farewell to Judy Fuller

With permission from the Fuller family, we pass along this brief alert: Judy Fuller of Glen, NH, a longtime Jackson and Bartlett neighbor, dedicated members of our faith community, and a thoughtful, kind and active presence in our village for many years, died over the winter holidays, after recently relocating to Pennsylvania. She was living there with her immediate family and was surrounded by love and support. Her friends here in Mt Washington Valley express their sense of sorrow and loss, and have already begun to share treasured stories about deep and meaningful friendships with Judy and her family.

Notably, friends and neighbors Christmas caroled at Judy’s Glen, NH home just prior to her move in early December. We are glad she knew she was a significant part of our community.

We will share additional information, such as a full biography, suggestions for memorial gifts and plans for a service of remembrance as the family makes those decisions. Meanwhile, her daughter Terri says, “Thank you for your … kind words. … We have talked about a service in the [summer] time frame.“

Judy Fuller is survived by her daughter Terri and partner Kathy, her son Scott and wife Ursula, and grandchildren Calvin and Nico. Judy was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Carl Fuller.

Farewell to Jackson Resident, Friend & Neighbor: Dick Burack

Dr. Walter Richard “Dick” Burack, who wrote The Handbook of Prescription Drugs advocating affordable prescriptions for patients, has died. He was 93.

Burack died Sunday in hospice care in Jackson, N.H., said his son, Tom Burack, former commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Services.

His book was first published in 1967. The New England Journal of Medicine likened it to “David standing up to Goliath.” That year, Burack was a witness in a multi-year Congressional investigation into competitive practices in the drug industry. Burack believed that doctors were purchasing agents for their patients and owed them a duty to not impose costs for medicines that they couldn’t afford, and to not prescribe brand-name medicines for conditions for which there were already proven and cost-effective generics available.

Burack was chairman of the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission, which prepared a list of interchangeable drug products. In New Hampshire, he practiced internal medicine and cardiology at North Conway’s Memorial Hospital.

He later was a medical director for Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company’s steel mill in East Chicago, Ind., and for Allied-Signal/Honeywell Inc. in Morristown, N.J. He retired in 1988.

His wife of 65 years, Mary, died in June.

He’s survived by his five children and 10 grandchildren.


Here is the biography shared by her family: Mary Francoise Paul Howe of Jackson, NH died suddenly on December 4, 2019 at a youthful 84 years old.
  Mary was born on September 5, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA. Her parents had immigrated to the US from Normandy, France the year before her birth. During WWII they moved to Montreal, Canada. When Mary was a teenager the family moved to Denver, CO. She attended Kent Denver Country Day School for Girls, where she was a member of International Relations Club with her friend and classmate, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. After graduating, she attended Pembroke College in Providence, RI.    In her 20s, Mary was living in Cambridge, MA and joined friends on trips to Overlook, the Howe family summer home, in Jackson, NH, where she met John Howe. They discovered a shared passion for fly-fishing, went out fly-fishing together, and fell in love.    They married in Ann Arbor, MI in 1961. In marrying John, Mary gained two stepsons, Andrew and Nathaniel. Daughter Catherine (Cuppy) was born the following September. They moved to Fairbanks, AK, where John worked on early weather satellite research. Mary took classes at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, including silver working. In 1965, they moved to Annapolis, MD, where daughter Lucy was born. Next they moved to Acton, MA where John worked for GE on early nuclear submarine development. In 1969 John and Mary decided to return to Jackson and live year-round at Overlook, while John worked as an engineer at the Mount Washington Observatory until his retirement.    Mary began raising sheep, chickens, pigs and other animals and had expansive and chaotic vegetable gardens. She encouraged her daughters to participate in all of these endeavors. Cuppy and Lucy also remember many messy finger painting projects on the kitchen floor in their underpants. The family frequently hiked in the Presidential Range and sailed off the coast of Maine. Mary loved to travel and was lucky enough to have friends and family who were willing to take care of her daughters while she went off on adventures.    Once her daughters left home, Mary got involved in local politics. She was on the school board and the conservation board. She was part of a local bird watching group. John retired in 1988 and they bought and refurbished Vixen,an old wooden sailboat. They lived aboard for several years, sailing between Maine and the Bahamas, their grand adventure. It was at this time Mary began painting.    In recent years, Mary was active in the Jackson arts community and her painting career flourished. She was an early supporter of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and an avid birder. She was also a member of a French Club and the Jackson Community Church and its poetry group. Her most recent passion was learning to play classical guitar.    Aside from her husband, John, she leaves behind her sister Annick Paul Lopez, daughters, Catherine (Cuppy) and her husband, Dick Gordon, of Wellesley, MA; and Lucy and her husband, Reese Hersey, of East Calais, VT; as well as her stepsons, Andrew Howe and his wife, Gay, of Jackson, NH; and Nathaniel Howe and his wife, Pamela Hitchcock, of Belfast, ME. Additionally, she leaves her seven adored grandchildren, Whitney and Spencer Howe; Molly Howe and her husband, Jake Newton; John (Gus), Charlie, and Sam Gordon; and Ogden (Noggo) Hersey.    A service will be held at the Jackson Community Church Saturday, December 21 at 2:00. All are welcome. Donations can be made in her memory to Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, NH at tinmountain.org

Sudden Sad News: MARY HOWE


Mary Howe

With the family’s permission, we share the sudden and sorrowful news that Mary Howe died today, Wed, Dec 4th. She received immediate medical care, but died shortly after the initial medical emergency. Her family is helping to support her husband John and making decisions about next steps.

We will share more information about arrangements and the family’s wishes as those become available. We grieve Mary’s loss; she has been a much-loved presence in the village, valley and our faith community. She has always been a lively presence in conversations and gatherings, with her sense of humor, keen intellect, compassionate heart, action-oriented approach to life, artists’s eye, and her gift for curiosity and engagement.


8:30am • Meet at Lutheran Church of the Nativity, No Conway, NH
9am • Go out to project sites

  • Weatherstripping & sealing windows & doors
  • Stacking cords of firewood for neighbors
  • Winterizing homes
  • RSVP by calling Lutheran Church of the Nativity at 603.356.7827 to volunteer your time to help on one of these projects.
  • Refer projects to help neighbors in need by calling 603.356.7827.

Mon, Nov 4
9am & 5pm
Interested in helping homeless population in the valley? Come find out more about supporting the Way Station, either by working with our guests or helping to coordinate calendar of volunteers & other projects. Two options to tour facility, gain some hands-on training. RSVP to Rev Gail if planning to attend 9am, Mon, Nov 4 training or 5pm, Mon, Nov 4 training.

3pm • Sat, Nov 2
Jackson Public Library

  • Sign up online!
  • JCC has a team! Please let Fred Tompkins know if you’re planning to come as a member of our team(s). We may have to register more than one team!
  • Fun, prizes and possible socializing afterward!

to Bartlett & Jackson Neighbors
1-3pm • Sun, Dec 8

  • Please RSVP to the church if you’re available to go out and sing to neighbors (although last-minute volunteers are always welcome)
  • Song books provided, singing is acapella
  • Enthusiastic voices encouraged, no experience necessary
  • Open to children & families & adults of all ages
  • Dress to walk from cars to doors on muddy or snowy paths