Stacey w. Cole, 1939
Farmer, radio broadcaster, legislator, lobbyist, and newspaper columnist.
At his 1939 graduation, Stacey W. Cole was presented a special award by Headmaster Leavitt that read, “To Stacey Cole: Delightful comedian and enthusiastic naturalist, you have added pleasure and interest to our school life by sharing with us all the hobbies you enjoy so keenly.” For his achievements as a farmer, radio broadcaster, legislator, lobbyist, and newspaper columnist, Vermont Academy honors Cole with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
After graduating University of New Hampshire, Cole became a successful poultry farmer and sold his goods roadside. Community focused, he took on leadership positions with state and national farming organizations. Later, Cole was a lobbyist for the New Hampshire Petroleum Council and on the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. In 1965, Cole was elected to state legislature, where he helped write New Hampshire’s first clean-air act and led the enforcing commission.
From 1989-1996, Cole served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, elected as Deputy Speaker in 1994. He also had his own radio show and newspaper column, “Nature Talks Down on the Farm.” Keene State College awarded Cole with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (1996), UNH recently named an academic building Cole Hall, and there is a Stacey W. Cole Scholarship. Vermont Academy applauds its alumnus, Stacey Cole.