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LITTLETON, N.H. -

A new building is taking shape on the campus of The White Mountain school in Littleton New Hampshire.

The new arts facility is dedicated to Catherine Houghton; an alum, school trustee, and celebrated humanitarian, who lost her life in January in an apparently random act of violence.

Tim Breen, Head of the White Mountain School said Saturday, "Kitty's life was a beacon to many around the globe."

Houghton's Friend John Arnold said, "The high-achieving, wonderfully good person was sincerely interested in and valued each of us. She enriched all of our lives."

"I'm so pleased that through this building, her life will continue to serve as a beacon now and into the future." said Breen.

37-year-old Rodney Hill of Danville allegedly murdered Houghton in a Littleton hotel lobby; she lived in California but was in-town for a White Mountain School board meeting.

But those here Saturday say her life will be remembered for much more.

Houghton accumulated multiple advanced degrees, spoke 14 languages, and spent much of her adult working in impoverished countries.

Following song and prayer, many took the opportunity to get a first-look at the one-point-five million dollar construction project and planted flowers in Houghton's memory.

Another friend of Houghton's, Nancy Van Vleck Von Allmen, said Saturday, "May future generations of students here always inquire: 'who was Catherine Houghton?' May they seek to carry her spirit with them, so well done dear, generous Kitty. We miss you deeply and so does this great school that you loved so much."

Houghton dedicated her life to helping others, and now the building set to bear her name can cement that legacy for decades to come.

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