Farewell to Jack Dunn

The family of Jack Dunn contacted Jackson friends to share the news that Jack died at 2pm on Saturday, August 10, surrounded by family. They gave permission to share this news, and we will pass along updates about services in the Exeter area as they are announced.

Jack was a “giant in our community” as Jackson friends Sam and Betsey Harding described him.  Patti and Jack moved from Jackson, NH to RiverWoods in Exeter, where they have enjoyed a vibrant life and Jack served on the community’s Board of Trustees. He was introduced to the RiverWoods community with the following brief biography:

“Patti and Jack Dunn moved to The Ridge at RiverWoods in 2015. They had lived in Jackson, NH for 25 years, during which time Jack was moderator of the Jackson Community Church and chaired the capital campaign committee that added a new parish hall. He served on the board of Fryeburg Academy, ME, and led two strategic planning committees. He and Patti have been board members and Jack was board chair of Mountain Top Music Center. Jack and Patti led a capital campaign that gave the school its first permanent home and a small endowment.

Jack was Executive Director of the Mount Washington Observatory from 1996 to 1998. From 1992 through 1995, he served as President of Dean College, a two-year private institution in Franklin, Massachusetts. In the late 1980s, Jack founded HEDS, a 125-school data-sharing consortium, to assist colleges and universities in planning, assessment, and management. He worked at Tufts University from 1969 through 1989 in various capacities. As Vice-President for Planning, he was involved in campus planning, fund-raising planning, major curriculum overhaul, and long-term strategic planning; he also staffed a number of key personnel searches.

After college, Jack spent two years in the U.S. Army and then went to work for the Budd Company in Philadelphia, Detroit, Gary, and Buenos Aires, the last as Vice-President and General Manager of Armetal, S.A.C.I., Budd’s manufacturing operation in Argentina. Mr. Dunn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, 1956) and of Harvard (EdM, 1970). He has written and lectured on higher education topics and consulted with several colleges as well as serving on the boards of Dean College, Wesleyan University, the Association for Institutional Research, EDUCOM, and the Society for College and University Planning.”

Jack and Patti are both beloved figures in Jackson, NH and remain an integral part of the story of Jackson’s faith community, as well as the whole village and the wider valley. Jack will be deeply missed.


1pm from Zealand Falls Hut Trailhead
Friends and members invited!
No RSVP required.
Meet at the trailhead for Zealand Falls / Zealand AMC Hut (Zealand Rd past campground).2.8 miles each way, 603 ft vertical gainBe prepared to hike by 1pmWear appropriate hiking gear, boots, and bring your own water and snacksAllow 45 minutes of travel time from Jackson Community Church to reach the trailhead (please arrive early to the trailhead  as we’ll head out promptly at 1pm)Hikers may choose to meet at Red Parka parking lot at NOON and carpool (Rev Gail will meet you at trailhead)Driving directions to Zealand Rd (on the left several miles beyond Joe Dodge AMC Lodge and about 5 minutes past the Mt Washington Hotel)Parking requires either a parking permit or $5Link to hike infoMostly a gentle and meandering hike with final brief, steep granite stair climb/rock scramble up to AMC hut and falls at the end (optional to climb to that point, although restrooms are in the hut at the top)Afterward, participants may opt to attend a 5pm service at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, officiated by Rev Richard Belshaw from Christ Episcopal Church (he and his wife Julia will be hiking with us)

Tuesdays, 6:30pm INSPIRED Women’s Bible Study

Starts Tue, Aug 13, 6:30pm
Women’s Bible Study
North Conway Community Center

Multi-community bible study using Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans as a guide. Meets weekly. Facilitated by ministers Sue Davidson, Gail Doktor and Ruth Shaver. All welcome. RSVP if interested in participating, although drop-in’s will be welcome. A few copies of the book will be available to borrow, but we recommend purchasing a copy for use over the next several weeks.

Review on amazon: “If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her–and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.”

Celebration of the Spirit of Rocky Stone

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 6-8pm
Jackson Community Church
(Sanctuary & Parish House)

Friends of ROCKY STONE [Rocky (Lorraine) Stone Sullivan] are holding a time of song, storytelling and sharing to honor the life of Rocky. Hosted at Jackson Community Church. Silver Lake Singers will offer music. Reception with light refreshments to follow; donations of fresh fruit or baked goods welcome. Event is open to all family and friends!

Work Day with Neighbor to Neighbor

Wed, June 12 • Eaton / All Day

The Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program, an initiative of Nativity Lutheran, seeks to help valley residents make their houses safe, warm, and dry. If you are able to volunteer on June 12 (starting at 9:00 on likely continuing for much of the day), we are scheduling a work day in the northern part of Eaton.

  • RSVP to Rev Nathan Hall from Nativity Lutheran Church if interested. He will send out further details to those who volunteer.

This particular project will involve 2 parts:

  1. We will be reglazing some windows.
  2. We will be attempting to locate and fix a leak in a metal roof. The roof itself should be good, but it does need to be tacked down. It is also possible that torn nail holes may need to be plugged and flashing may need to be amended. This part of the job will be part diagnostic and part labor.

We will need some skilled people, but a few novices are also welcome.