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Littleton teacher’s bequest benefits students, elderly

Young people heading off to college and elderly residents who don’t leave their homes both will benefit from the generosity of a former math teacher from Littleton.

Anne O’Keefe died in 1989 at age 91. The Caledonian Record reported that she bequeathed $1.4 million to Littleton, with two-thirds of it going to Littleton High School graduates who excel in math or business and the rest going to health services for the community’s homebound elderly population.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which will administer the scholarships, said it appears O’Keefe’s estate went to a relative after she died, and when that person died, Littleton became the new beneficiary.

O’Keefe was a 1915 graduate of Littleton High School and taught in Littleton, Keene and Arlington, Mass., before retiring in Littleton.

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