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June 7, 2012

Poor Tom's Almanac: From college president to talk host

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The list of credits reads like a Who's Who. It's safe to say this college would never have received such acclaim had it not been for Dimitry's astute vision and assertiveness. Given the limelight, he would have preferred more of a low-key presence.

Now, here it was, listening to a good talk while adding some choice opinions of his own. Soon, he would join his wife, Audrey, for lunch, then perhaps tend to matters inside his West Newbury community with the historical and conservation committees.

Buildings at Northern Essex and Macomb County Community College in Michigan, where he previously presided, are named in his honor. He served in the military and received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Council Boy Scouts.

"I've been a part of development all my educated life," he tells you. "Buildings. Campuses. Curriculums. What impresses me the most on this campus has been the human side of development."

Mind over matter?

"It all leads to a better informed society," he confirms.

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Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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