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  • Staff photos by Lance Booth

    Sue Moran greets Sister Adrienne Beauregard at her 100th birthday celebration at Rivier University in Nashua on Friday. Beauregard worked at Rivier for 63 years.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Sister Adrienne Beauregard celebrated her 100th birthday at Rivier University in Nashua on Friday, August 3, 2012. Beauregard has worked for 63 years at Rivier.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Sister Adrienne Beauregard greets people who came to celebrate her 100th birthday at Rivier University in Nashua on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Beauregard worked for 63 years at Rivier.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    A birthday card waits for Sister Adrienne Beauregard at her 100th birthday at Rivier University in Nashua on Friday, August 3, 2012. Beauregard has worked for 63 years at Rivier.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Sister Theresa Dube, right, kisses Sister Adrienne Beauregard on the cheek at Beauregard's 100th birthday at Rivier University in Nashua on Friday, August 3, 2012. "I think she deserves all of it," said Dube about the celebration. Beauregard has worked for 63 years at Rivier.
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rivier University honors devoted sister’s 100th birthday

NASHUA – Rivier University celebrated one of its most dedicated members Friday: Sister Adrienne Beauregard, who turned 100.

More than 250 people attended the event at the Dion Center on campus. Guests were welcomed by Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, president of Rivier, and they were able to take photos and chat with Beauregard before food was served and the program started.

“Sister Adrienne was a financial genius building the campus from a simple wood building,” said Buley, who organized the celebration. “She always wanted Rivier to be higher and better, which is the motto of the university. Her love for her students, her work ethic and her vision has been transformative.”

Beauregard was a member of the Founding Order of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, who founded Rivier. She played a central role in moving the college from Hudson to Nashua in 1941. After serving at the university for 63 years, retiring in 2005, it was clear Beauregard left an impact on many members of the Rivier community.

Sister Lucille Thibodeau, an English professor at Rivier who has known Beauregard for 47 years, presented a meaningful speech in honor of her friend.

“You have been a rare role model,” she said. “You are compassionate, trusting, precise, honest, fun-loving and always so encouraging. You continue to embody these virtues to me and to those countless people who respect you and admire you and love you.”

The celebration included a slideshow of pictures of Beauregard over the years; a prayer by Brother Paul Demers, S.C., D.Min.; a video tribute; and a 6-foot-long Styrofoam replica of Madeleine Hall topped with fondant.

Beauregard also received the Founder’s Award, which was given to her by Dr. Jamison G. Hoff, chairman of the Rivier University board of trustees, for her work and dedication to the school. The award honors a distinguished member of the community who has had some form of transformative leadership.

“There are no words to describe her and her contributions to this university,” Thibodeau said. “She’s history. She is such an important part of our history here, and the college would not be here without her.”

Laura Henderson can be reached at 594-6447 or lhenderson @nashuatelegraph.com.