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$1.5M donated to N.H. school in honor of trustee

An anonymous donor has given $1.5 million to the White Mountain School, and part of the amount will go toward a new arts center to be named for a former trustee killed in January.

It’s the largest donation in the Bethlehem school’s 126-year history.

The Caledonian-Record reports $300,000 will go toward an arts center to be named for Catherine “Kitty” Houghton. Construction is expected to start late this year.

The rest will be used for campus renovation projects, including dormitory upgrades and a new kitchen serving area.

“This gift is inspiring. Everyone at the White Mountain School is impacted by this transformational gift,” said Tim Breen, head of the school. “In all my conversations with the donor, I have been touched by her connection with our school – by her appreciation for what our school meant to her and her determination to ensure that White Mountain continues to provide an exceptional experience for all our students.”

Houghton graduated from White Mountain School in 1960, when it was known as St. Mary’s in the Mountain. She served in the Peace Corps, then as an international officer for Bank of America and DuPont before joining the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service.

She was in the area to attend a board of trustees meeting at the school when she was stabbed to death in the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton the night of Jan. 28

Rodney Hill of West Danville, Vt., was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and has been held without bail.

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