Hollis “Buzz” Harrington
1932 – 2017
Foundation staff were saddened by the death of Hollis “Buzz” Harrington, Jr., who passed away June 11 at the age of 84. Almost 200 friends and family came together in Nashua on Monday, June 19 to celebrate and honor this man of decency, integrity, gentle humor and deep commitment to his family and his community. We extend our condolences to his wife, Jane, and the Harrington family.
Buzz served on the Foundation’s board of directors from 1983 to 1991 and was chair from 1988 to 1990. During his tenure on the board, he played a lead role in the acquisition, design and renovation of the Foundation’s Pleasant Street headquarters in Concord. As chair he and then-President Lew Feldstein invested in the Governor’s Commission on the 21st Century, created by then-Governor Judd Gregg, to assess New Hampshire’s civic infrastructure. One of the 14 recommendations that emerged from the Commission was the creation of a statewide leadership program. That program — Leadership New Hampshire — just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
In 2003, Buzz was instrumental in leading the Foundation’s merger with the Nashua Charitable Foundation creating the Foundation’s Nashua Region. He was a member of the Nashua Region Advisory Board until 2007.
In addition to his service to the Charitable Foundation, Buzz served on a number of nonprofit boards including NH Housing Finance Authority, United Way, NH Lakes Association, Community Hospice House, Meals on Wheels and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.
Left to right: Board Chair Martin Gross, then-Foundation President Lew Feldstein and Buzz Harrington “breaking ground” on the Foundation’s 37 Pleasant Street renovation.