Gould Honors Alumni and Former Faculty

September 25, 2013

This Saturday, Susan Gardner, Merit “Buzz” Bean ’75, and Richard Packard ’66 GP ’10, 11, 13 will be honored by Gould Academy.

Richard Packard '66

Richard Packard ’66

The Gould Academy Alumni Board has voted to award the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award to Richard Packard. This award recognizes an alumnus/a for their outstanding contributions to Gould and their profession or community. A member of the Gould class of 1966, Packard was born in Bryant Pond, grew up in Bethel, and attended Gould as a day student.

Richard joined the Board of Trustees in 2005, succeeded Debby Hammond as the President of the Board in 2009 and remained in that position until 2012. Despite the time commitment and distance from his home in California, he continues as a member of the Board to this day.  During his role as a Board member, he performed impressive work chairing the campus planning committee, participating on the  Head of School search committee, and helping to lead the True Blue capital campaign. Richard has three grand children who have attended Gould Academy.


As part of the same ceremony, Susan Gardner and Merit “Buzz” Bean ’75 will be inducted into the Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.


Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner

Gardner was born and raised in Moorestown, NJ and was a standout three sport athlete. She attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1981. It was that same year that Sue started a 28 year career at Gould Academy.

Gardner did almost everything one could do here at Gould. She coached Field Hockey, Alpine Skiing, and Women’s Lacrosse to a combined 37 MAISAD championships. After only three years at Gould, Sue was named Athletic Director, a position she held for the next 25 years. Gardner is also the mother of two Gould alumni.




Bean grew up in Errol, N.H. and attended Gould for two years, graduating in 1975.

Bean is entering his 29th year as a ski coach for Mount Abram High School. Under Buzz’s leadership, Mt. Abram has been a perennial power in Maine High School skiing, winning numerous State Nordic and Alpine titles and State Combined Championships. But Bean is most proud of the work his athletes have done after graduation – he has had more athletes ski at Division I colleges than any other program in the state. Including one year when seven of Bean’s former skiers were competing at a Division I. Bean and his wife, Sally, have  coached two NCAA Division I All Stars, the captain of the Dartmouth Alpine team, and had several competitors at the NCAA  and USSA Nationals.

Bean has served as President of the Maine Ski Coaches Association for 20 years, and continually serves as the head coach of the Maine team for the Eastern High School championships.

The Awards Ceremony is open to Alumni and the public and will take place in Bingham Auditorium at 3:30 PM on Saturday, September 28.

If you can’t make it, it will also be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gouldacademy.


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