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Fitchburg State University bestows Alumni Achievement Award to Robert S. Hargraves

Robert S. Hargraves grew up in Ashby in the family's 1740s homestead where he helped his father with farming chores during WWII and throughout his high school career. He began his studies at Fitchburg State before transferring to the University of Maine at Orono where he graduated with the class of 1958 with a degree in math education. He later returned to Fitchburg State to earn his M.Ed. in Education in 1960. His thirst for learning continued through five National Science Foundation fellowships in mathematics, including two each at Oberlin College and the College of the Holy Cross, and one from Boston University where he later received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in administra- tion in 1968.
     Throughout these fellowships, Hargraves served in his first two teaching positions at Groton High School and Swampscott High School. He then served as principal at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend for 10 years, followed by vice principal/acting principal at Mahar Regional High School in Or- ange, and principal at Athol Middle School for three plus years.
     During his administrative career, Hargraves also served on the Board of Selectmen in Groton for many years.
     In 1995 he was elected to represent the First Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he remained until his retirement in 2011. He served with four speakers, including Charles Flaherty, Tom Finneran, Sal DiMasi, and Robert Deleo, and five governors, including William Weld, Paul Celucci, Jane Swift, Mitt Romney, and Deval Patrick. Hargraves sponsored legislation on matters including Lyme disease and cyberterrorism. He was also a member of the Ways and Means Committee.
     In Groton, he served on the town's Finance Committee for seven years following retirement from the Legislature.
     Hargraves’s significant contribution to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to the town of Groton, where he has resided for over 50 years, is unquestionable. As such, the Town of Groton declared May 1, 2017 as Robert S. Hargraves Day in honor of his de- cades of public service.
     Now retired from politics, Hargraves enjoys antique automobiles and spending time with his wife, Ellen, his three children and nine grandchildren.
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