Norwin S Bean

Graduating class of 1890

Norwin Sherwood Bean was one of the early inventors of the first steam engine and later manufactured them in Manchester, New Hampshire. An 1890 graduate of Manchester (Central) High School and later of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he spent most of his professional career in banking, but was always devoted to philanthropy throughout his life and beyond. He served as Treasurer and CEO of Manchester Savings Bank, President of Amoskeag Industries and Manchester Gas Company, Director of Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company. Realizing the need for one to contribute to his greater community, from 1931 to 1947, Mr. Bean served as President of the precursor of what has become Child and Family Services; as Treasurer of the Manchester Community Chest (later United Way); and Director of the Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Currier Gallery of Art. Not only did Mr. Bean raise funds for these institutions, but he also contributed generously himself. And in the midst of all these responsibilities, he still found time to become the Manchester Tennis Champion Mr. Bean's death, on September 25, 1957, left a void in community life in Manchester. Yet he and his wife, Elizabeth Nichols of Amherst, New Hampshire, wished to contribute philanthropically long after their demise. To that end, they established the Bean Foundation which, since its inception upon the death of Mrs. Bean in 1967, has awarded grants to both the Manchester and Amherst communities in excess of $17.5 million in such areas as Arts and Humanities, Education, Public Benefit and Human Services. For his commitment to the Manchester community, both during his lifetime and beyond, the Central High School Hall of Fame recognizes Norwin Sherwood Bean as an outstanding alumnus.