Selma Deitch Sigel

Graduating class of 1941



Selma Deitch is one of New Hampshire's leading philanthropists and child advocates of the 20th century. Dr. Deitch, Central ‘41A, Tufts University '44, and Tufts Medical School ’49 has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the child health field. Following work in Massachusetts, she returned to Manchester in 1960 to serve as Director of the Institute of Child Health and Development. She later served in 1966, as consultant and then Director of the New Hampshire Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. She still serves as Director of the Manchester Child Development Program, a post she has held since 1982. She has also served as Clinical Director of Child and Health Services for over 20 years. Dr. Deitch has been involved in a variety of professional activities, having served as Editor of Health in Day Care an official publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and on several state committees. Among numerous awards, she has received the Granite State Award from UNH (77), Woman of the Year from the Union Leader ('87) Woman of Achievement by the Manchester Women’s Business Professional Assn. ('87) and Citizen of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce ('88). Recognition has continued to the present day. She received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service to the AAP. Honorary academic degrees have been presented to Dr. Deitch by Notre Dame College (‘90), St. Anselm College (’92) and New Hampshire College (’98). She has been truly one of a kind from Central High, the Queen City, and New Hampshire.