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Mount Washington Observatory Receives Largest Gift in its 75-Year History

$1.5 million bequest from longtime Bartlett, NH resident Sam Goodhue helps build endowment
 
NORTH CONWAY, NH -- December 15, 2006 -- New Hampshire native and longtime Bartlett resident Sam Goodhue, who passed away on August 17, 2006 at the age of 84, has left the Mount Washington Observatory the largest single gift in its 75-year history. The total bequest, an unrestricted gift of just over $1.5 million, will be used to build the North Conway-based non-profit's endowment.
 
"Mr. Goodhue's bequest is one that will have a lasting effect on this organization," says Scot Henley, Executive Director of the Mount Washington Observatory. "We are deeply grateful for Mr. Goodhue's foresight and generosity. His unprecedented gift will allow this legendary institution to continue its job of observing Mount Washington's extremes, performing valuable research and educating the public about weather and climate, long into the future."
 
Goodhue served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge along with several campaign and service medals. After the war, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He was employed at the Foxboro Company in Foxboro, MA for more than 30 years. He was a skier, mountaineer, radio operator, builder, trail worker and an engineer.
 
Mount Washington was a special place to him, as he was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol for many years. In the 1980s, Goodhue retired from Foxboro and moved permanently to his vacation home in Bartlett.

"This gift illustrates how powerful planned giving can be," says Henley. "By recognizing the Mount Washington Observatory in his estate plans, Mr. Goodhue was able to help secure this institution's future while aiding present-day operations. Revenue from his bequest will be used to help defray the annual cost of operating our facility on the summit of Mount Washington. In this fiscal year alone, we will spend well over $200,000 to operate our fully-staffed weather station on the mountain, the backbone of our organization."
 
Goodhue was an active supporter of several non-profit organizations, serving as a member of the Mount Washington Observatory, Appalachian Mountain Club, American Alpine Club, Lowell Observatory, Mount Washington Old Car Club and the Marine Society at Salem.
 
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach.
 
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