LACONIA Julie Upham, 59, of 543 Shore Drive, died, July 15, 2003 at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Born in Lynn, Mass., Sept. 23, 1943, the daughter of Norman C. and Virginia M. (Naugle) Upham, she grew up in York, Maine.
Miss Upham attended York schools and graduated from Rogers Hall in Lowell, Mass., in 1961. She received a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies from Skidmore College in 1965.
Having served in college as editor-in-chief of the weekly Skidmore News and staff member of other student publications, she went on to a career in journalism, beginning in 1965 with the Everett (Mass.) Times Publishing Co. and briefly with Minuteman Publications in Lexington, Mass.
She then joined the Medford (Mass.) Daily Mercury for 13 years as a general assignments reporter and another eight years as managing editor.
Miss Upham came to The Citizen in 1988 as editor of special sections, later becoming wire, community and news editor. From 1999 until her illness, she served as night editor. When the paper instituted an expanded History Section in early 1999, she designed the format for the new section which she continued to edit until the time of her death.
Always interested in the history and culture of her community, she was a life member, former vice president and member of the board of directors of the Royall House Association in Medford.
In Laconia, she was a member of the board of directors of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society and until last fall had served as secretary for more than a decade.
A trustee of the Belknap Mill Society for more than a decade, she was instrumental in organizing several annual events, including the Nearly New sale each spring and the annual anniversary celebrations. She had been a member of the Executive Committee of the trustees since 1997. The society recognized her contributions by designating her a Bell Ringer and inducted her into the Peter S. Karagianis Society. In 1996, she received the Governors Volunteer Recognition Award.
She was a longtime member of the Friends of the New Hampshire Music Festival. In that capacity, she had coordinated publicity for, and worked as a hostess at, several of the Show Houses sponsored by the Friends of the Festival. She was a member of the board of directors of the Friends.
A member of the Congregational Church of Laconia (UCC), she was a member of its Friendship Club, for which she served as secretary for almost 10 years. She had also served on the Altar Committee and Music Committee.
For a number of years, Miss Upham served as an alumni admissions contact for Skidmore and enjoyed her interviews locally with prospective Skidmore students.
There are no known survivors.
She was predeceased by her mother in 1990 and her father in 1998
A memorial service will be conducted at the Laconia Congregational Church (UCC), 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH on Friday, July 18, 2003 at 10:00AM. Interment will be held at 3:00 PM.on Friday, July 18, 2003 at the First Parish Cemetery, York, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following: Belknap Mill Society, The Mill Plaza, Laconia, NH 03246, the New Hampshire Music Festival, 52 Symphony Lane, Center Harbor, NH 03226, the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Inc., PO Box 1126, Laconia, NH, 03247 or to the Old York Historical Society, PO Box 312, York, Maine 03909.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.