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LITTLETON, N.H. (CBS) – A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a boarding school trustee at a hotel in New Hampshire.

Police say they were called to the Hampton Inn in Littleton Monday night where they found Dr. Catherine “Kitty” Houghton, 70, with multiple stab wounds.  She was rushed to Littleton Regional Hospital where she died.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports


Investigators say Rodney Hill, 37, of West Danville, Vermont, stabbed her in the lobby.  He was later found outside the hotel and arrested.

He was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Littleton District Court on two counts of second degree murder.

Investigators told WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Houghton did not know Hill and the murder was random.  She was a guest at the hotel at the time of the murder.

WBZ-TV has learned Houghton was at the hotel for The White Mountain School Board of Trustees winter meeting.

Houghton was living in California. She was planning to sing with the school choir Tuesday night.

Houghton was a graduate and a trustee of The White Mountain School, a college preparatory boarding school in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

“She will long be remembered for her kindness, love of music, keen intellect and adventurous spirit,” the school said statement Tuesday.

“She lived life to its fullest, pursuing each next step with curiosity and joy. Through her words, actions and deeds she has inspired countless others to do the same.”

According to the school, Houghton had earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and later her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Houghton served in the Peace Corps in Nepal and was, for a time, an international officer for the Bank of America, the statement said.

She spent most of her professional career as a commercial counselor in the global business arm of the U.S. Foreign Service and spoke 14 languages.

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