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Friday, April 27, 2012

Dr. Joseph R. Allard

DUNSTABLE, MA – Dr. Joseph R. Allard passed peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, April 24, 2012, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a sudden and brief illness.

Joseph was born in Lowell, MA. He was the son of the late Arthur J. and Evelyn G. (Massé) Allard. He was preceded by his sister, Marguerite D. Allard, his brother, Richard Allard and nephew, Ian Allard.

Dr. Allard was educated in Lowell graduating from Lowell High School. He received a BS in Business Administration with a Minor in Education from Suffolk University, Boston, MA. He earned his Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Massachusetts and his Doctor of Education (Ed. D) from Boston University.

As a life-long educator, Joseph began his teaching career at Dracut High School teaching Business Courses. He then joined the faculty at the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical Institute where he served as the Chairperson of the Computer Science, Business and Marketing Distributive Education Programs. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Business Department at Rivier College in Nashua, NH. During his 26 year tenure at Rivier Dr. Allard held various positions including Chairperson of the Undergraduate Business Department, Dean of Undergraduate Evening School and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2010 Joseph retired from his position as Vice President of Academic Outreach.

During retirement, Joseph focused on the following pastimes which brought him great joy: gardening, water colors, travel and visits with family and friends. However, retirement was not as fulfilling as his love for education.

In August of 2011 Dr. Allard elected to leave retirement behind to serve as President of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Joseph found this position both challenging and deeply rewarding.

Joseph was also very active in his community and was a member of the following: Executive Committee and Trustee of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, former Trustee of the Nashua Symphony, Chaired the Dunstable Zoning Board of Appeals, served as a member of the Groton Dunstable School Committee, and was a member of Nashua Rotary Service to Youth Committee.

Dr. Allard is survived by his uncle, Armand A. Massé, nieces Catherine Fariz and Elizabeth Szakacs, and nephews Joseph Fariz, Richard Fariz and Derek Allard; along with several cousins.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 A.M. Monday April 30, at Our Lady of Grace Parish worshipping at St. St. Joseph’s Church 28 Tarbell St. Pepperell. Visiting Hrs. Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. at the Hamilton-McGaffigan Funeral Home 37 Main St. (Rte 113 ) Pepperell. Relatives and friends kindly invited, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following or a charity of your choice: The Academy of Notre Dame, Financial Aid Fund, in memory of Dr. Joseph Allard, 180 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01897 or Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, c/o Thomas Wilhelmsen, Education Fund, in memory of Dr. Joseph Allard, 8 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060. Please see