Ed Jansen Lifetime Achievement Award-2011 Award Winner

Ed Jansen grew up on a farm in Quincy Illinois. Originally Ed saw farming as his life’s work, but at the age of twenty he joined the military, which brought him to an Air Force base in St. Albans, Vermont where he met his wife. Ed received his Bachelors degree at the University of Illinois in Agricultural Economics and five years later he earned his Ph.D. in Economics at North Carolina State University. Ed and his family spent three years in Peru while Ed served as an advisor to Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Ed brought his wife and three children back to New England and found a home in Rollinsford. Forty-one years later, Ed and his wife still consider Rollinsford their home. When they came to New Hampshire Ed was a professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at UNH where he developed the Community Development program.

Ed began actively participating in Rollinsford starting with the school board and PTA in 1970, moving on to became a member of the planning board, and later a Selectman in 1976. During that time he helped create a zoning ordinance and prevented Route 4 from turning into a strip mall – thus preserving Rollinsford’s rural character.

In 1968, Rollinsford was one of three communities to first join the Strafford Regional Planning Commission thus beginning Ed’s involvement with the Commission. He served as Chairman in 1980 and 1981 and again in 2007, 2009 – 2011. He has also served almost continuously on SRPC’s Executive Committee. It’s been our privilege to work with him and learn from him. We always look forward to Ed “putting on his Rollinsford cap” and speaking as a representative of a “small town”. There is always lots of wisdom and common sense coming from Ed Jansen.