H. Thayer Kingsbury ’45 died on December 2, 2012, in Keene, New Hampshire.
(The following was provided by The Keene Sentinel on December 6, 2012)
H. Thayer Kingsbury 2nd, 91, died Dec. 2, 2012, at his house on Court Street, Keene, where he grew up with his parents, Chester Lyman and Winifred (Keating) Kingsbury and a younger brother, Chester “Beanie” Lyman.
He was born in Keene at the Elliot Community Hospital July 23, 1921. He attended Tilden School in Keene, Keene Junior High School, Keene High School and Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass.
Kingsbury, a lifelong Keene resident, dedicated more than thirty years of his life to helping guide visitors at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, spending so much time there that the information desk was even named after him.
“He’s been an institution around here,” Diane E. O’Brien, a fellow Cheshire Medical Center information desk volunteer, said in March.
He also volunteered with other organizations throughout town.
“I loved the city right from day one,” Kingsbury told The Sentinel in March.
Kingsbury attended Bowdoin College and Boston University, earning degrees in chemistry and English. He also served in the Air Force Medic Corps during World War II. He was active politically and spent eight years in the N.H. House of Representatives.
Kingsbury was married to Margaret “Rita” Faulkner since 1961.
Kingsbury’s grandfather Harry Thayer Kingsbury founded Kingsbury Manufacturing Co., which merged with Kingsbury Machine Tool Corp. in the late 1940s.