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In memory of

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Neil Vroman, PhD, passed away on January 6, 2016. Neil touched many lives during his remarkable career at UNH as an administrator, educator and scholar. We join together as a community to remember his mentorship, leadership and friendship. 

We invite you to share a memory of Dr. Vroman.

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David Vroman

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017

It has been a year, it doesn't seem real. You are missed, each and every day.

Carol Warner Dart

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I remember when Dr Vroman first arrived at UNH.  I was a junior in Exercise Science.  He taught our ECG class.  I remember him as an excellent instructor who made learning fun.  He loved to teach, he had a great sense of humor and made sure you understood the material.  I also fondly recall babysitting his girls once, who were little at the time.


Maria Russell

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016

Dean Vroman was the person I went to with academic questions. He always had the answers and his sense of humor always made my day.  Every time we greeted each other, it was in Spanish: “Hola Señor” I would say and he would respond “Buenos dias, señora“.  How wonderful it was to have someone in his position with such a great personality, and so approachable.

He made me feel comfortable and secure in the knowledge that he would always help. I miss him very much.


Timothy Quinn

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

Brace played such an important role especially during my beginning years at UNH.  He was always available to guide me in my teaching and, especially, in how to deal with "unique" personalities.  But, what impressed me the most was his knowledge of exercise physiology.  I remember my first graduate colloquium that included exercise science faculty and our graduate students in which we talked about cardiac blood flow and blood pressure, something I know about.  He started talking about the Windkessel effect, and shear forces, and he even wrote on the (chalk) board a differential equation about those shear forces against an arterial wall.  He did this spontaneously and with no notes!  I knew that I had to bring my "A" game to these sessions from now on!  Brace is the best physiologist I have ever known!  Over the years, I grew to love and admire how he handled difficult situations with class and humor.  I miss you already, my friend!  Save me a place in heaven!


Marilyn Temple

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

I met Neil through Kerryellen, my dear friend and McMaster University classmate.  I had the pleasure of being treated to many delicious meals that Neil created.  Kerryellen and Neil were kind and generous hosts.  Kerryellen and Neil's wedding was absolutely wonderful.  They were so lucky to have found each other and shared their lives.  The last time that I saw Neil was 2 1/2 years ago after my husband died of cancer.  Neil had already been diagnosed.  He gave me a huge comforting hug. I loved Neil's warmth and sense of humour.  I shall always remember his smile and the glint in his eyes.


David Cross

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the years Neil consulted with me often about the health and well being of our students. He cared deeply for them and all the folks he worked with. Every time I ran into Neil on campus I greeted him with the typical "Hey Neil how you doing"? He would always say with such robust "Living the dream, Dr. Cross, living the dream" !  And I truly believed he was. A wonderful, wonderful man who I feel very fortunate to have known.


Bob Henry

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

I wish that I had something witty to say, but then I am an engineer.

One thing that I miss is Neil's ability to moderate the opinions of 9 individuals (I mean wacky individuals) into a meaningful solution that best served the needs of the student and the university.

He had a major challenge when the Great Philosopher of Liberal Arts and the Great Engineering Satan were sitting on opposite sides of the table (and often with opposite opinions).

Neil was one of the "good" guys and will be sadly missed by the university and many, many people.


Marshall White

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

I will always remember Neil giving me a gregarious, over-sized, heartfelt greeting whenever we passed each other walking along the sidewalks of UNH. I will miss his advocacy for our work - which came often- but more than that -- the big smile, the big hello.


Jill Gravink

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

He was always positive, always checking in.  He would often poke his head into my office door with a quick fun comment that made me smile as he made his way down the hall checking in with everybody else.  One of his favorites and mine, "take the rest of the day off". Neil was simply, one of the good guys.


Emily Harring

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Vroman while working as a work study student for the CHHS Deans Office. He was an incredible person inside and out and made everyone around him so happy. My favorite memory of Dr. Vroman was on graduation day this past May. As we began walking from our designated meeting spot across from the Whittemore Center to our seats in front of the main stage he spotted me as I walked by him and gave me the biggest smile. It was such an honor to have met Dr. Neil Vroman. He will be missed so much.


Amanda Magier

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I only met with Neil on one occasion, but that meeting was hugely influential in my life. When I was mistreated by a professor, I was advised to voice my concerns to Neil Vroman. I was terrified to speak with this Associate Dean I had not met before about a sensitive subject. I was so relieved when he greeted me with a warm smile. He listened to me, heard what I told him and validated my feelings. The genuine kindness and compassion he treated me with that day gave me the encouragement I needed to continue pursuing the profession I love despite being told I wasn't cut out for it.

Neil recognized the passionate desire I have to serve others and what he said before I left his office has stuck with me since that day. "I challenge you," he said, "to earn your degree and come back to teach at UNH someday". The confidence Neil had in my ability to succeed has driven and motivated me each day. I looked forward to coming back to visit Neil someday as an Allied Health Professional, eager to teach UNH students and accomplish his challenge. I'm devastated I won't be able to show him all he has helped me accomplish, but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to receive Neil's earnest words of wisdom. I am comforted knowing that the legacy Neil Vroman left behind will be carried on by all the students whose lives he's touched.


Stacia Sower

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Neil was an outstanding colleague and we are all better at UNH for having  known him especially for his insight, kindness and friendliness. I had the honor of working with him on a committee years ago. He was a highly valued and respected faculty/administrator and will be missed.


L. Rene Bergeron

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I am so glad you provided this opportunity to share a memory because I am unable to attend the memorial due to health reasons.  I first met Neil on the Gerontology Minor Committee twenty-six years ago, and if it hadn't been for Bette Crepeau & Raelene Shippee-Rice I'm not sure what I would have made of his humor! I didn't know professors could be so humorous at a meeting. I soon learned humor was his trade mark,-Teacher, Acting Dean, Associate Dean - titles didn't matter, Neil never left without leave you feeling good in some way. Give you a memory about Neil---can't do it, there are too many, I have walked this campus and have seen Neil almost around every corner it, always with a smile, and always having time for a "Hey! Wait-a-minute, Did you hear...". With affection, L. Rene Bergeron


Sandra Fagen

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I took a summer course with Dr. Vroman.  He made learning fun and interesting.  I had never liked science in high school and he made it so interesting and fun that I had my hand up all the time answering questions.

It really does matter who teaches and that they know how to teach.  He made a life long impression on me with how he taught and that having the right teacher really makes a big difference.  I'm sorry that I didn't get the chance to tell him that.


Roger Grinde

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I will miss Neil greatly. He was wise, compassionate, and had a great sense of humor. This was a perfect blend for his work with faculty, staff, and students, particularly in the more difficult situations. He gave me wise counsel many times when we served on ASAC together for 7 years, and I'll be forever grateful. He was one of UNH's best.


Win Watson

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Each time I went to Vinnie's for a cup of coffee I hoped I would run into Neil. We had little in common from a work perspective but yet so much in common in other ways. I will miss those random acts of friendship.


Rebecca Robichaud

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Neil was nothing but kind, understanding, empathetic and helpful to me the last few years while battling a chronic illness here at UNH. From incompletes to withdrawals, no matter what obstacle, he always did everything he could to help me succeed. He took the time to listen and truly cared about his students and will be missed by many.


Roger Ritvo

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When I was dean, Neil accepted the position as Associate Dean with the clear understanding that he was a faculty member at heart...and wanted no more than 3 years in administration.

During the next 18 (?) years, he developed a record of service ... and that is a wonderful legacy.

Rest in peace, Neil.  You are missed and remembered.


Carolyn Tobin

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I remember Neil for his kindness, accessibility and his wonderful sense of humor. He always had time to chat, check in with folks and make sure everyone was doing well. We miss him.


Pamela DiNapoli

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:39am

Neil was one of my favorite people at UNH. The way  he approached faculty, staff and students alike was warm, genuine and always with a smile. Every year I was fortunate to attend Admitted Students day when he read "Some of your SAT essays." In his way he read quotes that had the whole room laughing. I do believe many students chose to attend UNH CHHS because of Neil. Neil was always available as  a problem solver, mentor, and all around great guy. He will be ever missed in Hewitt Hall. 


Patti Craig

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 

Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win.  Neil won...and I will miss him.


Linda Noon

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The soul of CHHS. Neil helped make this college what it is today - he loved his students, colleagues, faculty and staff. I will miss his smile, sense of humor, ability to problem solve and institutional knowledge.  I will miss you forever Neil, you were inspiration to all of us. I am deeply saddened you left us way too soon. I loved how you shared "It's a great day to be a wildcat" at FR orientations, creating that sense of belonging and community. You'll always be a wildcat!


Janet Milne

Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2016

I will smile when I think of my dear friend, Neil.   You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he has lived.  You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that he left.  Your heart can be empty because you can't see him or you can be full of the love, caring and gentleness that he so willingly showered on us.  You can cry and close your mind or you can do what Neil would your eyes wide, smile, love, and revel in the memories of amazing, wonderful time shared with Neil and his precious Kerryellen.


Mollie Prager

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

It is such a sad thing when someone so talented, warm and friendly passes away, never to be seen again.  We all have our memories of Neil that brings us comfort.


Dave Dupont and staff at Duponts Service Center

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

We were all shocked to learn of Neil's passing. He was a great friend of ours, We will all miss his positive attitude, he always made us feel great when he came in.   Our condolences to the Vroman  family.


Bruce N. Lederman

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Neil and I were classmates and fraternity brothers at Colgate. Although we lost touch over the years as we each got busy with our own lives, I will always remember his mischievous smile and easy nature.  I am lucky to be one of the many, many people whose path crossed his.


Therese Willkomm

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Neil was the glue; the unsung hero; the wind beneath our wings allowing us to soar; a comedian; but one of my greatest memories was the first time I came to his house with my four year old daughter, he did such a great Tigger impression that made my daughter giggle and from that moment on, my daughter always referred to him as Tigger.  I also loved his frog catching spirit.  He is and will continue to be greatly missed.  His story was about living and embracing life's moments.  A great mentor for living.


David Bartlett

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teacher, mentor, scholar, confidant, administrator, golf companion, life of the party and most of all, friend.  Simply the best!


Ken Griffith

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Neil made me most welcome in New Hampshire and subsequently in New Zealand.  He was committed to his students and a top person.  I'm Kerryellen's Australian Uncle and could see how much they shared academically, professionally and  life generally.  I remember his cooking expertise and can still taste those Maine Lobsters.


Adrian Kurmann

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Neil Vroman, in so many ways has had a huge influence on my life. As an impressionable teenager he first came into my life through the marriage to KerryEllen. From that point for the next 2 decades he has always been there to help, humour and guide me. As has been stated by many, his complete devotion to family, friends and life itself will forever leave a smile on our faces. He welcomed me into his family with open arms in such a loving way. So much that my wife and I were engaged at his house 5 years ago and our eldest son is named after him. I have never met a more genuine and inspiring man in my life and I can only hope that I can take what I have learnt from his actions and attitude and become a man half as wondefrul as Neil.


Jeff Anderson

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Neil was a great fraternity brother at PKP Colgate University.  We will miss his great sense of humor and humanity!


Jerry Marx

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Neil loved his family, golf, good wine, and the University of New Hampshire. No faculty member was more dedicated to this institution. As an Associate Dean, he regularly dealt with complex issues and personalities, yet consistently maintained his sense of fairness, collegiality, and humor. I will miss his perspective.  I can't believe I won't see him on campus anymore.


Joyce Cappiello

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

As a newer faculty, Neil helped me sort through a student issue.  In typical Neil fashion, he figured out how to massage university rules to put the needs of this particular student. He exemplified a kind and wise approach to supporting the developmental growth of students.  Mostly, I will miss the causal conversations with Neil in the hallways of Hewitt Hall.   He usually had a witty or pithy comment to make me laugh. And we need as much laughter as we can get in life. Thank you Neil.


Alexandra Kurmann

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Neil, my maternal uncle, was like a second father to my brother and I. He welcomed us both into his life, home and heart, simply because his wife cared about us.  One of Neil's sons-in-law, Keith, has told a similar story in his own tribute and many of us here have shared stories of his magnanimity. Neil had the most generous of spirits; he would selflessly give of his time, yet perhaps most memorably, he shared with everyone he met his joyous sense of humour and vigour for life. So much so that in spite of our loss, seeing Neil's face now still makes me want to smile. This continuity of love is surely the finest legacy of an infinitely warm and giving man.


Anne Broussard

Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2016

Neil had a remarkable and far-reaching presence in HHS and in the many places he touched around the University. He blended, in a rare and wonderful way, principles and compassion, wisdom and humor, integrity and loyalty. He was a valued mentor, colleague, administrator, teacher, and - above all - a wonderful decent human being. So many memories. He will be missed.


Muriel Westmorland

Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2016

It was with great sadness that a colleague of mine at McMaster where Kerryellen had been a faculty member notified me of Neil's untimely death. I remember Neil with much fondness. My daughter and I visited Neil and Kerryellen more than once from Hamilton Ontario Canada and were at their lovely wedding. My daughter Rebecca remembers Neil being very kind to her as she had recently lost her father to cancer (she was in her early teens and remembers Neil's daughters as well). I particularly remember Neil at the wedding as we were preparing singing the song "I have walked 10,000 miles" by the Committments I think? He had a lovely sense of humour and certainly thought the world of Kerryellen as she did him. I remember Kerryellen receiving a large bunch of roses (before they were seriously involved) here in Hamilton and it was plain to see that she had found the love of her life. My thoughts are with you Kerryellen and Neil's family and friends and I'm sorry I can't be there there to celebrate Neil's life. Please take care of yourself Kerryellen and may the love you shared and the memories you made sustain you always. Love Muriel and Rebecca


Fred Lewis

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2016

It's hard to believe Neil is gone.   He was the steady rock, always there.  He could solve any problem and never make a fuss over it.  I love Neil.


Paul Luck

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2016

Neil was a friend and fraternity brother at Colgate; we were roommates for three years.  I first met Neil at orientation in Hamilton in the summer of 1971 where he had me laughing tearfully.  There was a Northern New York connection. Turns out our parents knew each other as well.  Lots of things were going on in our young lives in those days – good and not always so good but Neil could always be counted on to provide perspective and support.  I just wish that he hadn’t kept his biology dissection specimens in the apartment refrigerator.  We almost had cat for dinner one night.  We lost touch after graduation and I regret that.  But it looks like the Neil I knew continued to be Neil.  Death is a mystery to us.  You left way too soon, Neil, but you have clearly left your mark.


Will Nikiforakis

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2016

The first time I met Neil I was on the bridge of tears. I had made a decision to withdraw from school permanently due to a head injury. Neil was very empathetic and talked me through my situation. Even though I didn't think it was possible, he convinced me to take off one semester and come back in the spring. Neil explained in such a calming way that withdrawing from  school for 4 months wouldn't matter years down the road and that pursuing my education was key to reach my goals. Neil provided me with so much support during this time and always had an open door. Neil will be greatly missed.


Dani Adler

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

You couldn't help but smile when you ran into Neil on campus and he always left you laughing. Simply one of the best.


Dan Reagan

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

I served with Neil on the Academic Standards and Advising Committee for the past ten years.  Part of the Committee's work is to hear student petition appeals for academic exceptions.  Whenever Neil presented such a request from one of his students, it was clear that Neil knew the student very well--the personal background and experience at UNH, the nature of the student's problem, the implications for the student's life.  That engagement was an ongoing lesson for me.  Neil, you will be missed.


Brian Frankenfield

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

The world could use a few more souls like Neil. Proud to have called him a friend and to have my kids know him as 'uncle'. Will always remember Neil as a warm, kind man who was generous with his time and wit. I am a better person for having known him. Will miss him dearly.


Bob Griffith

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

Neil was a friend and fraternity brother while attending Colgate University. His enthusiasm and positive attitude were something you could always count on. Though it has been many years, it seems like only yesterday - and as a friend and fellow brother, he will be truly missed...


Kerry Kazura

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

I came to UNH in 1995, the same year Neil became Associate Dean, for the past twenty years he has mentored me and provide the college with a model of compassionate leadership and dedication to the university and above all to the students. He preferred to visit people and drop by their offices rather than make a phone call or email, and no matter how important the issue was he would always take the time to share a funny story and ask how I was doing. He has been the heart of HHS for these many years and I miss him deeply.


Bill Barnaskas

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

Neil was my Fraternity Brother at Colgate.  We lost touch over the years but reconnected when my daughter, Tori, became interested in attending UNH.  He was exactly the same, genuinely nice guy.  Neil took the time to give us a personal campus tour and sold the whole family on UNH.   This is a great loss for his family, friends and the UNH Community.


Erin Sharp

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

One favorite memory that came quickly to my mind was of Neil serving as the auctioneer-extraordinaire for the Child Study and Development Center’s fundraiser last April. He was everything in that role that he was every single day – funny, warm, giving, acting in the service of others, and happy. I believe Kerryellen got some good video! You couldn’t be around Neil for long without knowing that he loved his job, loved his family, and loved UNH and its students. When I marshal graduation, attend an award’s ceremony, volunteer at open house, or talk to a student having a difficult time – I will always think of Neil.


Maria Caplan

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil, Kerryellen, and Millie during our 6 week Canine Good Citizen training class, where we were all inspiring to get our dogs better trained to one day become therapy animals.  The Vromans were very sweet, and I was happy to get to know Neil and so was my dog Hamilton.  We are sending our thoughts and prayers to Kerryellen, Millie, and the rest of Neil's family.


Carole Pierce

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil and I spent many, many, many hours discussing, orienting new students, dealing with the many issues that crossed our desks during our tenure in the CHHS Deans Office.  We laughed, we cried, we were a team.  Neil was never my boss, he was my friend and colleague.  He was, quite simply, the BEST!  I am heartbroken.


Megan Frank

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I grew up with Neil's daughters and spent my childhood hanging out with Neil. He was just as fun to hang with as his girls! My fondest memories of him are using our street as a sledding hill every winter, carving out enormous snow forts on the corner of Cataract Avenue, jumping in the pine needles, eating "squeaky cheese", and catching fireflies on the 4th of July. This may sound like kid stuff, but he was right there with us, and I think he enjoyed it as much as we did! Wonderful man, wonderful memories. He will be greatly missed! Much love to the Vroman clan!!!


Kyle Fennell

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time!


Sharyn Zunz

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Whenever I had a question or concern, Neil was always available to listen.  He also often injected a bit of levity to remind me to get a little perspective.  I valued that.


Benjamin Coons, MS '06

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

So sorry to hear of Dr. Vroman's passing. He served on my IRB and thesis committee. I have fond memories of going to his office to speak with him.


Jan Nisbet

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Neil was what is great about higher education.  A committed faculty member, a supportive administrator who cared deeply about the students and the faculty.  He was my check in person before a meeting with the Dean.  I would ask, "Is there anything I should know."  He would say, "There is so much more you need to know" and then give me the pulse.  I think that is what he did-give us the pulse and then the guidance to not only think about it but to manage it.  And, he made me laugh and laughed back at me.  It was contagious.


Marc Hiller

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil and I came to UNH within a few years of each other (a long time ago), hailing from arch rival Pennsylvania institutions - he from Penn State and I from Pitt. We frequently chided and consoled each other about that fact... I will miss that. As others have said, he was among finest and caring colleague and friend that one could have, be it in resolving student or faculty issues, cheering and advocating for UNH, for CHHS and all of us who comprised it, or even more often for students (for whom he would give his all). Though the many positions he held at UNH may be filled over time, filling his shoes will probably never be possible. Neil, you were a leader, a teacher, but most of all a friend. You will missed, but your memory (and that wit and humor) will always remain with us.


Tiffany DeFusco

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I remember going to Orientation and hearing his speech, then afterwards shaking his hand. I never felt more at home than the moment I shook his hand. I knew then I had to go to UNH. Then when I got the official letter from him stating I was FINALLY accepted to the Pedagogy Dept, I got the same joyful feeling like I did when being accepted to UNH.

Class of 2008


Nilda Janelle

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I worked in CHHS for many years. Neil had a great sense of humor and liked blueberry cake with chocolate chips for his birthday!


Ginny Theo-Steelman

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Since Neil became Associate Dean in CHHS we have worked together, Neil was the academician and I the alum.  He will forever hold a special place in my heart, as he is a man I dearly care about, admire and hold in the highest regard.  His smile was as warm as his compassion.  I am very sad at his passing on and will miss him greatly.


Alberto Manalo

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil was wise, fair, and compassionate and had a great sense of humor and can-do attitude.  Working with him was always a pleasure.


Ray Goodman

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil was one of my favorite people. Some of what I admired most were his love of people, his wit and, of course, his wonderful sense of humor. He was a mentor and good friend and will be missed.


Katherine Lockwood

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil and I went to grad school together at Penn State and when I came in UNH in 1984 he was one of the most supportive people I dealt with. Although we were in different colleges, in many ways, he was my first mentor and I always enjoyed talking with him, always a pragmatist, we solved a lot of little problems over the years.


Karen Collins

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Like many others in CHHS, Neil was my "Go-to" guy for any and all things related to academic policy, student policy, and advice on professional  growth and development. He supported me by listening, questioning, and providing truly insightful commentary on the ways of the 'academic world'. I miss those conversations. Recently I was looking through my email for a conversation I had with Neil about policy. The email exchange was during a time last spring when the university phone system was changing and you could now get your phone messages over email. The email interpretation of the voice mail message he left me said "I'm just in it for the love". You can imagine my surprise when I read this over email. After listening to the actual voice mail, the message said actually said,  "I'm just in until twelve". But, in retrospect, Neil was just in it for the love--the love of UNH, the students, and the people around him every day. He was my colleague, my mentor, and my friend. I miss him.


Marquis Walsh

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Always thankful for his strong support of Krempels Center and our members and interns.


Stephanie Frank

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil lived around the corner from my family, when I was growing up, and he was something of a second dad to me. We were just watching old home videos from the late '80s, this summer, where he and his family were in our pool. The moment that sticks with me was the moment he took a zany bellyflop off the diving board.

I can't believe we have lost him.


Jesse Stabile Morrell

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Throughout my career at UNH, Neil never failed to offer encouragement & support to every question or concern - no matter how small or mundane.  I will always treasure the memory I have of Neil at the 2014 Commencement - after many (many) years, I had finally finished my graduate degree - Neil sought me out, gave me a giant smile, and told me how proud he was of me.  I wish I had told him how much that meant to me.  I cannot imagine UNH without him.  My thoughts go out to Kerryellen and the rest of his family.


Jeremy Earl Mayhew, '96, '00

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I was lucky enough to work with Neil managing the colleges website for several years, I got the opportunity to see him both in social and professional settings, and he always had a sense of joy in what he was doing and for the people around him.  One of the most most charismatic people I have ever know, being around him just made your day better.  It absolutely breaks my heart to hear this news and our prayers are with his family, and the UNH community as a whole.


Helen and Raymond Goodman

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil was a very dear friend who was loved and admired by so many. He made the world a better place and will be sorely missed.


Catherine D'Auteuil

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil was such a source of energy and he was always smiling.  I'll never forget how students looked up to him and were inspired by him.  UNH will not be the same without Neil Vroman.


Evan Beals '14

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dean Vroman believed in UNH. He believed in what this place did for it's students. He believed in what it's students were doing in the world. I will forever hold it as an honor to have worked two summers worth of freshman orientations with Dr. Vroman. His interactions with students was genuine, filled with passion and excitement - he made students realize that there were many people here that cared about their success. As a 2014 graduate of the College of Health and Human Services - I am proud to know he touched my education.


Shelley Mulligan

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil was the glue of CHHS..His door was always open, and he had the best perspective on ways to handle student issues; he was so knowledgeable, kind and generous with his time; I enjoyed his sense of humor, and visiting him in his office for guidance regarding academic teaching, student advising, and my own professional well as chatting about golf, travel and other things; His bright smile was contagious.  We have truly lost a wonderful colleague and friend.  Neil will be missed by all, and never forgotten. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Kerryellen and the rest of his family and friends.


Barbara Prudhomme White

Posted on Thursday, January14, 2016

Neil was my GO-TO for any and all academic dilemmas and questions I had, beginning when he asked me to join the Discovery committee in early 2007 and "report back". From then on, I would just show up in his office and he would teach me about the academic world at UNH outside of HHS. I met with him for professional advice, for academic advice, for student issues-related advice. I sometimes thought I just liked to hear him speak his mind on any number of topics. I learned so much from him, and always admired his generosity, wisdom, and kindness. He truly was a wise person and intentional, and so emotionally in command even when he was frustrated. I miss him.


David Naklick

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil and I GREW up together in Adams, NY. We had great times in that little town. He and I played in golf tournaments and I will always remember how he used to bust my chops over my poor putting.  Miss you old friend RIP.


Stephen Calculator

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neil has been 'a' if not 'the' face of CHHS since moving into the role of associate dean many years ago.  Deans have come and gone but stability and continuity were always ensured by his ongoing presence and steady hand. Neil always placed the interests of our college first and this often required him to operate in the role of advocate. There were many occasions over the years when Neil went to bat for our department. We have lost a true friend in many ways.


Jane O'Brien

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Of the fond memories I have of Neil and Kerryellen, I remember Neil's kindness and how he cooked for Kerryellen and I as we worked on writing one afternoon so we could "focus".  He was always  welcoming, kind, and supportive.  He was a wonderful person, who will really be missed. My thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends.


Christine Wilson Frey

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Our family spent many visits with Neil's and we were closer in age than many of the cousins.  It was there I had my first Coke, my first pizza, my first motor boat ride, and my first snowmobile ride! My heart goes out to all the family--he will be greatly missed!


Nancy Ring Kendrick

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I grew up with the Vroman family - Neil, Sue, Lisa and David.

Neil's father, and my grandfather - Gerald West - were best friend.  My heart is still in shock at this tremendous loss.  Neil was a fantastic person, and someone I always looked up to.  He was kind, caring, and just a wonderful person.  RIP Neil.  Too soon!  Way too soon!  My deepest sympathy and condolences to Neil's entire family.  Prayers, thoughts and hugs to all of you!


Toni Grieco Zygadlo

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Vromans have always been like a second family to me and my sisters.  I have precious memories of Neil....his ready smile and wonderful personality.  He'll always be my favorite Harold Hill.  Rest in peace, dear friend.  And give Gail and Ross a hug for me.


Dale Alan Zurbrick

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I first met Neil in 1979 and he soon became an important member of my extended family. His sense of humor was always at the forefront of his comments on his sisters' careers, his brother's jobs, his daughters' growth and education, his stepfather's sartorial splendor, and my avocation as "Hoke" to his mother's "Miss Daisy". He will be sorely missed by me, and hundreds of others.




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