Recipient of the 2018-19 Alumni Award

Kelton receiving award

Born at the former Mary Hitchcock Hospital, you came from a large family of Dartmouth men, including your father David ’42, your grandfather Emory ’11, even tracing your ancestry to David Heald, member of the Class of 1793. As a child, your father was the manager of the Hanover Inn, and even as you moved out of state and grew up, you relished fall football weekends with your family. One of your favorite haunts on campus was Wilson Hall, which at the time housed the College’s museum. The Hanover Plain had a hold on you and called you back as a student. Arriving via bus from Ohio to White River Junction, you were thrilled to follow those generations before you.

You put your own stamp on your Dartmouth experience, bringing your athletic skills and love for the outdoors to the men’s soccer team and the Dartmouth Outing Club. Your coach Whitey Burnham was a wonderful mentor. Legendary professor William Slesnick’s math class left a powerful impression on you, and you majored in economics and mathematics. But while you enjoyed your college experience, you did not find your academic footing in the same way some classmates did. You have expressed that it was later in your life, not until your 30s, that you realized your real passion – to enable people to accomplish the goals that are essential to them. This informed your career as a financial advisor.

You spent summer breaks working in the financial services industry, and after graduation, you entered the field. You joined the Navy in 1969, and after completion of your military service you returned to your career as a financial advisor, working for Burbank & Company Investment Securities, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Wachovia Securities/Wells Fargo Advisors, and Concord Education Corporation. Ultimately, you spent 47 rewarding years in the industry helping clients realize their dreams.

Despite this demanding career, you felt called to serve Dartmouth, noting that the College had given so much to you as a student and beyond. You wanted to make your own contribution to the College’s legacy. You kicked off with a turn as the class newsletter editor, and from there your volunteer roles expanded to truly an enviable list: for the great Class of 1968, you served on the class executive committee; as reunion chair for the 25th, 30th and 35th reunions and on your reunion giving committee; as newsletter editor, gift planning chair, and Dartmouth College Fund solicitor; and alumni interviewer. As representative to the Alumni Council, you chaired the Athletics Committee.

Enthusiastic about connecting ’68s and skilled at event planning, you organized the first class birthday mini-reunion at age 50 in Hanover – from there your classmates traveled to turn 60 years old in Napa Valley, California, and 65 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Most recently, the “’68s turned 68” with a fabulous theater weekend in New York City.

A lover of sports and the outdoors, you co-founded and planned the first-annual class ski trip, and conceived and arranged the first-annual class golf trip. You founded and organized the first-annual alumni Dartmouth men’s soccer weekend in 1972, a program that continues to be a popular event for former members of the team.  You’re incredibly grateful for those classmates who’ve been interested and willing to support your ideas and activities, and that through this work positive relationships have been re-ignited between unengaged classmates and the College.

Not content to just serve Dartmouth, you’ve brought your financial acumen to the boards of many institutions, including Middlesex Institution for Savings and Citizens Bank. You’ve always valued giving back to your community. A longtime resident of the Concord-Carlisle area of Massachusetts, you’ve co-produced town musicals, supported the performing arts, served on school committees and parent councils, and been involved with skiing, youth soccer, Cub Scouts, and conservation.

Your beloved wife, Sue, has been a wonderful supporter of your Dartmouth commitments. Along with dear sons Andrew and Tim and their families, you’ve enjoyed fantastic family adventures in the midst of all the Green in your life.  It is with great respect, affection, and admiration that we acknowledge all you have done and continue to do for the College. We are delighted to present you with the Dartmouth Alumni Award.