Gretchen Richter Massey ’82 visited Colby-Sawyer as a high school student from New Jersey and fell in love with New Hampshire and the college just as her mother, Cynthia Holler ’57, had done decades before. While attending, Gretchen loved the small classes and the natural beauty of the area, excelled on the tennis team, and especially appreciated the relationships between students and faculty. “Dr. (Allen) Koop was a real standout. He loved history so much and made it exciting to learn,” says Gretchen, but faculty emerita Barbara MacDonald also made a lasting impression. “Miss Mac taught me to ski. I’ve always remembered that.”

With an associate’s degree from Colby-Sawyer, Gretchen went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College. Early on, she realized the importance of giving back, and she has been a loyal supporter and ambassador for Colby-Sawyer ever since. One priority for the Masseys is to share their good fortune. “We are champions of smaller institutions, and our family values education. We support our schools and our children’s schools, and we understand that annual funds are critical to any school,” says Paul. “We’re not big believers in restricted giving. We trust the judgment of the management team to a large degree.”

The Masseys are thoughtful philanthropists, and enthusiastic ambassadors. “If it helps Colby-Sawyer, we’re happy to do it,” they agree. Gretchen appreciates her academic experience here and has made it a priority to stay current with the college and its vision for the future.

Paul and Gretchen Massey ’82