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First Female President At UNH & Brandeis Killed In NH Crash

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Evelyn Handler (Photo from Brandeis University)

Evelyn Handler (Photo from Brandeis University)

BEDFORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) — Officials say a woman was killed after she was struck while crossing a street was the first female president of the University of New Hampshire and Brandeis University.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports.

Police say 78-year-old Evelyn Handler, of Bow, was killed Friday night while crossing a street in Bedford. She was found lying in the street and later died at a hospital.

UNH released a statement to WBZ-TV saying they were saddened to hear of Handler’s death. They say she was president from 1980 to 1983.

Handler went on to become the first and only woman to lead Brandeis in Waltham, Mass., where she was president from 1983 to 1991. She was the first and only woman to serve as president of Brandeis, according to the school.

No charges have been filed in Handler’s death. Police are still investigating.

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