Courtesy photo. Bradford residents and Northern Essex Community College alumni William and Rosemary Klueber were awarded the NECC 2012 Outstanding Alumni ward during the college’s 50th commencement ceremony.

William and Rosemary Klueber got their start at Northern Essex Community College — educationally, professionally and personally.

William Klueber, a member of NECC's first graduating class in 1963, worked at Northern Essex following his graduation. It's where he met his future wife. He made his career as Haverhill's city auditor and finance director for 34 years. Rosemary Klueber, a member of NECC's first nursing class, graduated with her nursing degree in 1970 and spent 36 years in nursing.

Decades after graduating, their lives have come full circle back to NECC. The Bradford residents were awarded the NECC 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award during the college's recent 50th commencement ceremony on the Haverhill campus. They were nominated as a duo by Jean Poth, NECC's vice president for institutional advancement, and were presented with the award by Dawne Young, chairwoman of the NECC Alumni Advisory Board.

"The college gave both of us a good start in life," William Klueber said. "We were both very honored to be nominated."

The award is given annually to recognize an NECC graduate who has achieved success in his or her career, is active in the community, and has given back to the college in some way. The Kluebers have indeed had an impact on their community. Beyond their careers, they continue to serve their city in many ways.

William Klueber is chairman of Haverhill's Retirement Board, a trustee of the public library, a trustee and member of the board of investments for Pentucket Bank, treasurer of the Haverhill Rotary Club, a director of the Wadleigh Foundation and the Griffin White Foundation and chairman of the Penacook Place board of directors.

Rosemary Klueber, who earned a degree in human services and administration from Merrimack College, spent her career at the Hale Hospital (now Merrimack Valley Hospital) as a nurse manager. She managed the operating, recovery, and surgical day-care units and was responsible for a team that oversaw an upgrade of the hospital's computer system. Since retiring, she has served on the board of directors for the YWCA. Currently, she is vice chair of the St. James parish council and is an active member of the Haverhill Garden Club.

William Klueber said he and his wife are proud to have known all four NECC presidents: Harold Bentley, John Dimitry, David Hartleb and now Lane Glenn.

"The college had a small staff in its early days and Harold Bentley would interview students who applied," William Klueber said. "I think he (Harold Bentley) would be amazed to see the college today and how it has grown."

As a duo, they are extremely active in the community and have received numerous awards for their service to the community, said Lindsey Mayo, NECC's director of alumni relations. Each has been named a named Paul Harris Fellow and were recognized as the distinguished citizens of the year by the Yankee Clipper Council of Haverhill in 2008.

"The Kluebers are tremendously dedicated and committed to Northern Essex Community College," Mayo said. "They have proudly served on the NECC alumni advisory board since 2003 and are generous supporters of the college's NECC Fund and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund."

More information is available from Mayo at 978-556-3621 or lmayo@necc.mass.edu.

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