Bill Pappou Drew
Mechanical Engineer, Founded company, youth work, historian, New Castle activist, family angel
Pappou passed away on June 23, 2016. Obituary here.
I was raised in Garden City, Long Island, New York. With my wife Linda, after living in Nashua, NH for forty years, became full time residents in our summer cottage here in New Castle in 2001. It was a summer romance commencing in 1956 when she worked as a relish girl at the Marshall House Hotel in York Harbor, Maine.
After graduating with an engineering degree from Norwich University in Vermont, I taught high school in Portsmouth, NH. In 1962, I obtained a Masters Degree from MIT, served as an Captain in the Corps of Engineers with the U.S. Army Reserves and in 1969, founded my own company, Automation Systems, Inc., supplying industrial robotic systems to major companies throughout the United States for more than three decades.
I am known as an historian and genealogist of the Drew and Lang families and a past president of Piscataqua Pioneers
where I am now curator of the PP Historical Library housed at the University of New Hampshire
As Mill Pond Graphics, I am a photographer, graphics designer and publisher for publicity efforts of many organizations, take and donate team pictures for various school and athletic events and have created a local website The New Castle Post
listing organizations and upcoming events in the town of New Castle. In addition to being a photographer and writing articles for Rye Reflections
, I participant with Pease Greeters
, a group meeting arriving plane loads of troops as they deploy to and return from the Middle East. Through this group I met Lt.Col. "Mac" McLean, USMC,
a.96 years young Marine Fighter Pilot and together we share life's daily experiences.
My current activities center on websites, historical activities, and spending time with family. With daughter Cindi as CEO, there is frequent contact with granddaughters Christina Alexa, a.26, a Green Mountain College graduate, a former activist for Greenpeace serving out of Washington, D.C., and now doing similar work in Alaska; Ariana a.23, an honors graduate from Northeastern University in Boston, having recently attended a university in Greece for a semester. She now works full time for Northeastern; Granddaughters Noel, a.16, a sophomore at Portsmouth High School and Kianna, a.13, an 8th grade student at Rye Junior High School. Noel is an athlete were she is on the Varsity Volleyball team at PHS, an excellent student and happy to be now living in the Seacoast area. Kianna, another super student and athlete, rides herd on me with her ever-watchful eye of my diet and weight reduction program. Rounding out the Baker family is Steven, Cindi's husband, and his two children, Matt, a.21 and Carolyn, a.19, the latter now attending college in Concord, NH with Matt, also living in Concord.
I have been active in youth work my whole life, first with church and neighborhood groups, then those shared with my grandchildren. I have been involved with Greek Church activities; town recreation, school sports, participate in the OM/DI
(Odyssey of the Mind)/DI (Destination Imagination) creativity program in New Hampshire, and am currently doing volunteer work at the elementary school here in New Castle. I have been active in more than ten schools. I have been a member of MIT's Educational Council for 42 years interviewing approximately five hundred high school applicants to MIT. The nickname, Pappou, given to me by the Greek immigrant father of my two oldest granddaughters, is the Greek word for grandfather and I am honored to share the title.
In addition to the activities of family, church, and historical research in New Castle, I enjoy the visits to the ancestral home at the Mill Pond by sister Nancy Drew and brother Bert/Bob/Coach Bob/CB, both of California. The important part of part of my recent life had been as caregiver to Linda for fourteen years. She passed away Christmas night in 2008. We had been loving companions for over fifty-two years. She had been a first grade teacher for 32 years at the Amherst Street Elementary School in Nashua where the library is now named, The Linda A. Drew Library.
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