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F. Marion Tebbetts Wood ’26

F. Marion Tebbetts Wood ’26

By naming the Heritage Society after Marion Wood, we honor the memory of an alumna, KSC teacher, Alumni Association president, president of the Keene Endowment Association, and founder of the Golden Circle Society.

F. Marion Tebbetts Wood passed away in May 1994, but her legacy lives on. Many students have and will benefit from the scholarship she created in 1977 in memory of her father, Harry C. Tebbetts. Marion remembered her alma mater with a substantial gift, increasing the value of the original scholarship endowment five-fold.

A 1926 graduate, Marion Wood was active at Keene State College well into her eighties. Known for her boundless enthusiasm, she was a familiar face at reunions, homecoming, the annual Scholarship Luncheon, and Alumni Association and Keene Endowment Association meetings.

Marion joined the Keene State College faculty in 1971 after a successful career with IBM Corporation. While at Keene State, Marion founded and directed the Reading and Development Laboratory. After her retirement in 1990, a study room in Mason Library was named in her honor. After retirement from the classroom, she continued to donate her time and talents to her alma mater with humor and enthusiasm. She was a member and president of the Alumni Association and organized the Golden Circle Society for alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. She was board member and president of the Keene Endowment Association, an organization that manages scholarship funds for Keene State students. She was a secretary of her class at her death.

Marion Wood has been honored many times for her participation in the Keene State community. In 1972 she received the Sprague Drenan Award. Other honors include the Alumni Achievement Award in 1982, a Jubilee Medallion in 1985, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1990, and the creation of the F. Marion Tebbetts Wood Philanthropy Award in 1991.

Then-interim President Richard E. Cunningham said of Marion, “She will be greatly missed by the Keene State College community for her innumerable contributions. Her presence was part of our lives for more than six decades and her legacy will remain with us for many decades to come.”

Marion wanted students to have the same educational opportunities she had. Fortunately, hundreds of students will benefit from Marion’s foresight and generosity.


Nicole Mihalko

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