Ronald W Pappas

Graduating class of 1964



Ron was graduated from Manchester Central in 1964. When there, he was active in numerous committees, radio club, and involved with J. V. basketball, J. V. football and varsity football. He cocaptained the team his senior year. Ron continued playing football at the University of New Hampshire until a car accident, in his junior year, paralyzed him from the waist down. He received his BA degree in 1968. Coping with his own disability and resulting health issues have never stopped Ron from giving of himself. He has taken his message regarding the perils of drinking and driving to thousands of students. For 20 years, restaurant owner Ron Pappas has not only given a slice of pizza but a slice of life to countless youth with his untiring support to male and female sport teams. He was honored by the United States Baseball Federation for sponsoring 22 youth teams throughout the state in a single season. Ron has a special interest in supporting Big Brother and Big Sister programs as well as the challenger division of Little League Baseball for physically challenged kids. He is also a driving force for fund raising for the football team at Manchester Central High School through the Central High School Gridiron Club and for high school athletics in general in the city through Friends of Athletics. He is also a member of the UNH 100 Club. Among the most distinguished of his numerous awards for service have been the Manchester Community Service Award given by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the 1997 Joanna Cooke Plaut Community Leadership Award given by the Easter Seal Society, the Courage to Change Award from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and his induction along with his father, Nick Pappas, in the Hall of Fame by the Manchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. His most recent award was the prestigious Carl Lundholm Memorial Award. It is very apparent that Ron lives his life by example as he meets and beats his own challenges on a daily basis -- a great humanitarian who reaches out to his fellow man. Three years ago Ron married Linda Seabury who was born and raised in Chester, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Memorial High School.