Norwich University

1945 Obituaries

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Joan K. Ahearn (Vermont College), 3/15/1985
Ralph F. Alloway, 12/8/2006
Marjory R. Ames (Vermont College), 9/7/2000
Rolf C. Armer, 7/6/1996
Richard P. Ashton, 7/1/2008
George C. Barrows, 12/27/2005
Harry C. Bauman, 2/1/2013
Dudley S. Bell, 7/23/1978
COL Rexford Blodgett, USA (Ret), 11/12/1995
Lester M. Boggio Jr.
William B. Bradley, 2/3/1987
Frank R. Bridges Jr., 8/18/1990
Gordon R. Briggs, 6/1/1988
Dr. Charles I. Brink II, 6/27/2010
Clark W. Bryan, 6/1/1998
William J. Cawthorne, 2/6/2001
Kenneth A. Clary, 3/6/1996
Robert C. Colegrove, 1/6/1997
Thomas D. Craig Jr., 5/25/1985
Francis J. Crowley, 12/1/1989
Leslie M Curtis, 6/27/2008
Richard F. Davis, 8/13/1985
Robert A. Davis, 8/8/2006
Roderick A. Duff, 5/16/1996
Richard H. Durick, 11/27/2011
Robert N. Emerson, 1/2/2003
Louis Frattini, Jr., 3/22/2014
Thomas L. Fulham, 9/4/2001
Douglas Hale, 7/6/2008
Robert E. Haney, 12/7/2012
Wilbert C. Hardy Jr., 12/8/1989
MAJ William S. Hawkins, AUS (Ret)
Dudley Higgins, 2/13/1995
Gardner "Hoppy" Hopwood, 8/28/2007
John H. Holden, 2/20/1991
Robert W. Howard, 4/20/1992
David R. Hubbard, 1/23/1987
David C. Huffman, 2/3/2004
LTC William Hutchinson, USAF (Ret), 8/15/1988
Charles B. "Pete" Johnson, 1/18/2008
Iver N. Johnson, 5/9/1991
Garet Kavenagh, 8/6/2002 
Richard L. Keenan, 9/1/2008
George B. Kennedy, 10/3/1989
John J. Kiley Jr., 8/3/2008
Francis R. Lafayette, 4/24/2010
Robert W. Love
Paul A. Lyon
, 6/14/2011
George Mann, 6/25/1993
COL Robert C. Marsett, USA (Ret), 4/19/2003
Robert F. Marsh, 9/18/1995
John M. Martin, 4/5/2006
John Walter McHugo, 8/3/2010
Evan Miller, 4/18/2000
Chalmers W. Milne, 7/3/1984
Robert "Bob" Emmet Nix, 4/2/2011
Leon M. Orcutt Jr., 7/2/1993
Joanne P. Olfene (Vermont College)
William W. Peck, 8/16/1996
Robert Pierce
Raymond Poirier
Jean F. Rixford(Vermont College), 10/29/2015
Edna Rogers (Vermont College), 6/15/1989
Francis T. Seifert, 8/6/1993
Calvin F. Shaad, 9/1/2001
John O. Sheldon, 5/15/2005
Milton H. Snavely, 6/10/1998
Fredric S. Stapleton Jr., 1/1/1991
Edwin E. Stawniak, 11/20/1989
Nelson Stuart Jr., 2/17/1998
Wesley F. Tibbetts, 1/14/1994
Robert Viano, 10/13/1975
John E. Wagar, 2/7/1993
James E. Wharton Jr., 1/11/2000
Roger L. Wharton, 5/10/2002
Richard H. Wheeler, 12/2/1997
Margaret M. Whitmore (Vermont College)
GEN Leonard F. Wing Jr., 4/30/2005
Lt Col David E. Wood, USAF (Ret), 8/4/1990
Frederick R. Young, 1/31/2002

Ralph F. Alloway

Ralph F. Alloway, 84, of Harrisburg, died Friday, December 8, 2006 at his home. He was a retired Claims Supervisor for the General Adjustment Bureau and a retired Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church; Disabled American Veterans Post #4; 2nd Marine Division Association; 6th Marine Division Association; North Harrisburg American Legion Post 1001; Pennsylvania Council for Horseback Riding for the Handicapped; Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association; National Retired Officers Association; and The Retired Officers Association (Keystone Chapter).

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy T. and Rose (Bergens) Alloway. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy H. (Higgins) Alloway; sons, Timothy J. Alloway of Harrisburg, Daniel J. Alloway of Carlisle, and Christopher P. Alloway of Wheeling, WV; daughter, Kathryn (Alloway) Messina of Ocala, FL. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 

Rolf C. Armer

Rolf C. Armer, 73, of Lake Bluff, Ill., passed away on July 6, 1996. Rolf graduated from Norwich with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. No further information is available.

George C. Barrows

George C. Barrows, 82, of North Easton, Mass., died December 27, 2005. George died at his home after a long illness. George was a lifelong resident of North Easton, where he was educated and graduated from Oliver Ames High School. He graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and did advanced work in the subject at Northeastern University.

He served in the Army during World War II. For most of his career, he worked at the Ganteaume-McMullen structural engineering firm in Boston. He was chairman of the board at Unity Church in North Easton and treasurer of the parish hall and music fund. He was also a member of the Village Cemetery Committee for many years. He was an avid tennis player, loved bird-watching and nature, and enjoyed his vacation home in Pocasset, where he spent considerable time.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth E. (Donahue) Barrows; four nieces and two nephews. 

Dr. Charles I. Brink II

Dr. Charles I. Brink II, of Mashpee and Clermont, FL, died in Boston on June 27, 2010. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Roseberry) Brink and the late Ellie (Poschel) Brink. Dr. Brink was born in Newton to John C. and Frances (Whelen) Brink.

His college education was interrupted by four years of military service during World War II, progressing from an unassigned private, through cavalry ROTC to an Army corpsman. Following his military service, he became a medical doctor, and in the 1950's he opened his internal medicine practice in Worcester. While practicing medicine, he was also a Captain in the Naval Reserves for many years. He was instrumental in the formation of the Naval Reserve Chapter in Worcester and served as its first president. He was a consultant to the Surgeon General for Naval Reserve Medical Registry Affairs, the commanding officer of the United States Navy Reserve Regional Medical Center, past President of Central Massachusetts Healthcare Foundation, Treasurer and Editor of the Worcester Medical News, Medical Director and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Worcester Rehabilitation Center, and District Medical Consultant of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and Director and Executive Committee Member of Mohegan Council, Boy Scouts of America.

For 33 years he was a lecturer at both the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Assumption College. He was also a member of Military Surgeons of the United States, Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C., Rotary Club in Worcester, Bohemian Club, and Massachusetts Society of Internal Medicine.

Reading, music and acting were Charles' interests as well as swimming and boating from their summer residence in North Falmouth. The educational process, the medical profession, the Navy and society should be proud of a product like Charles Brink. He was the capable captain of many ships.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Charles I. Brink III of Hudson, Fla., Frederick T. Brink of West Richland, Wash., Jonathan C. Brink of South Glastonbury, Conn., and Christopher A. Brink of Plymouth; stepdaughter, Kim M. Trotto of Osterville; sister, Natalie Galligan of Newton; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is the brother of the late Marguerite Feuer, the late Jonathan C. ""Michael Monroe"" Brink and the late Frederick Brink.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Cape Cod Chapter, 100 North St., Hyannis, MA 02601.

William J. Cawthorne

William J. Cawthorne, 76, of Waldwick, N.J., died February 6, 2001. William was an Air Force veteran and before retiring in 1989, he was a sales and administration manager for Cook-Waite Laboratories, in New York City. He was a member of Nativity R.C. Church, Midland Park.

Leslie M. Curtis

Leslie M. Curtis, a long time resident of Winchester, MA, died peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2008. He was the loving husband of Mavis L. (Scarfe) Curtis.

Dr. Curtis was born in Albany, NY on June 25, 1923, the son of Gerald D. and Claire M. Curtis. Dr. Curtis attended Winchester High School and graduated from Mount Herman School. He graduated from Norwich after having served in the United States Army 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop during World War II. While at Norwich he was a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon and was also a member of the Glee Club. He continued his education at Tufts Dental School graduating in 1951. Dr. Curtis opened his first practice in Boston where he also worked for the New England Home for Little Wanderers. He moved his dental practice to Winchester and continued to see patients for over 50 years. He was a member of the American Dental Society, the Middlesex Dental Society, and was for many years the secretary of the American Academy of Dental Science. Dr. Curtis was an accomplished skier and enthusiastic sailor. These pleasures he joyfully shared with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Luders 33 Association.

In addition to his wife, Mavis, of 56 years, Dr. Curtis is survived by three children, Sarah J. Curtis, Kenneth M. Curtis and his wife, Ikuko of Tokyo, and John H. Curtis and his wife, Karen; he is also survived by three grandsons, Christopher, Roderic and Brian. He was predeceased by his brother, Judson B. Curtis, and his sister, Elizabeth Shaprut.

Robert A. Davis

Robert A. Davis, 82, of Bradenton, Fla., died August 8, 2006. Robert was born on Sept. 2, 1923 in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Fred W. and Eva (Morrill) Davis. He attended West Berlin Schools, graduated from Carlisle High School in Pennsylvania and later from Norwich University.

During World War II, he served with the 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Air Medal.

Survivors include his brother, Frank Davis of Montpelier and several nieces and nephews.

Richard H. Durick

Richard H. Durick, 88 of Springfield, Mass., died Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Worcester, Mass., on January 11, 1923, the son of the late Henry and Etta (Goddard) Durick. Dick attended Springfield schools, Norwich University, Michigan State and received his bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Dick joined Army Air Corps during WW-II during which time he served as a navigator on B-25s with the 865th Bombardment Squadron and attained the rank of 1st. Lieutenant. He worked for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company for many years, retiring as 2nd Vice President. He also received his MBA from American International College while working at Mass Mutual. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty (Phillips) Durick; his daughter and son-in-law, Deidra D. and James Gay of Northampton; two grandsons, Justin C. and Trevor J. Gay; a brother, Henry Durick of Ft. Myers, FL; a sister, Betty Valardi of Wheelwright, MA, several nieces and nephews, and three grand-dogs. A memorial service will be held, Thursday, Dec. 22nd at 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield. Burial with military honors will be at the Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, at 11 AM on Thursday, Dec. 22. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.

Louis Frattini, Jr.

Louis "Buj" Frattini Jr., 90, of Wildersburg Common and more recently of Lincoln House, died there March 22, 2014.

Born in Barre City Jan. 16, 1924, he was the son of Louis and Mary (Parnigoni) Frattini Sr.

He was a 1941 graduate of Spaulding High School, where he was on the ski and track teams. He was also a member of the Norwich University class of 1945, where he joined the varsity fencing team and was elected to the Maroon Key Honors Society.

A decorated veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1945 with the 2nd Armored Division, which was commanded by former Norwich University President Maj. Gen. Ernest Harmon, participating in the D-Day landing, the Battle of the Bulge, northern and central Europe campaigns, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Belgium Medal of Merit. He was a tank platoon sergeant in Troop A, 102nd Cavalry Recon Squadron.

Following his military service, he became associated with his father in the Frattini Insurance Agency, which he subsequently owned and operated until merging with the Paige and Campbell Insurance Agency in 1990.

On June 11, 1947, he married Barbara McKnight in East Montpelier and spent his married life in Barre City and later Barre Town.

Traveling with Barbara, his sons and their families, skiing at Stowe, golfing at the Barre Country Club, deer hunting in Chelsea, smelt fishing on Lake Memphremagog, and reminiscing about his North Barre Italian heritage were his lifetime enjoyments.

Lou was a longtime member of the Barre Lions Club, having served as vice president, and was a past president of the Barre Country Club. Other memberships included Hedding United Methodist Church, Barre American Legion Post 10, the Mutuo Soccorso Society, the Vermont Association of Insurance Agents, and the Palm River Condo Association and the Country Club in Naples, Fla., where he and Mrs. Frattini vacationed for many years.

Besides his wife, Barbara, of 67 years, survivors include his sons and their spouses: Bill and Barb Frattini, of Bath, Maine, Jay and Sonda Frattini, of Charlotte, N.C., and Chuck Frattini, of Gainesville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Karla Frattini Bruckmann and Joe Frattini, Nicholas and Nathan Frattini, and Valerie Frattini; and great-grandchildren Noelle Bruckmann and Matteo Frattini. Also surviving are his sister Barbara McAllister and his brother, Jack Frattini. He was predeceased by his son Thomas and his sister Lorraine Beck.

There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of his family in the Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Norwich University, c/o Development and Alumni Relations, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Robert E. Haney

Robert E. Haney died Friday, December 7, 2012, at his home in North Brunswick, N.J. He was 89. Born and raised in Berlin, N.H., he was a resident of North Brunswick for 49 years.

Bob was a pilot in the Army Air Corps, 379th Bomber Group and flew 35 missions over Germany. After the war, he attended Norwich University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. He and his wife, Pauline, were among the first buyers of a home in Levittown, Long Island, where he was an avid fisherman. He worked as an accountant for the A&P and for the State of New Jersey. Bob Haney was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace R.C. Church in North Brunswick. In addition to being a voracious reader and patron of the local library, he was a sports enthusiast, holding season tickets to Rutgers Football, while also rooting for the Yankees, NY Giants, and NJ Devils. In his retirement, he taught himself to paint, specializing in watercolors.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 67 years, Pauline Haney and his six children; Stephen Haney and his wife Vicky of Indianapolis, IN; Susan Rudman and her husband Michael of Plymouth, MA, Ann Haney and her partner Denis Dermody of Phoenix, AZ, Catherine Meyers and her husband James of North Bend, OH, Martha Steiner and her husband Alan of Franklin Park, NJ and Margaret Haney and her husband James Donohue of New York, NY; eight grandchildren, Sean Rudman and his wife Jaimee, Andrew Rudman and his wife Punam, Jessica Husum and her husband Kurt, Kristen Meyers, Elizabeth Meyers, Maureen Dermody, Jack Donohue and Liam Donohue; three great grandchildren, Lily, Jameson and Uma; a brother, Thomas Haney and his wife Marion; a sister, Anne Evans and her husband Charles, and many nieces and nephews.

Gardner "Hoppy" Hopwood

Gardner "Hoppy" Hopwood, 83, of Colchester, Vt., died unexpectedly on August 28, 2007. Born to Isaiah B. “Bob” and Dorothy Gardner Hopwood in Tulsa, Okla., July 13, 1924, he grew up in Middletown Springs. Gardner attended Rutland High School and was a member of the school football and ski teams. During his time at Norwich, Hoppy was a member of the Ski and Football Teams, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II as 1st Lieutenant, both stateside and in the Philippines. In 1944, he married Beverly Daniels of Montpelier. In 1947, he returned to Norwich and the University of Vermont obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from both schools.

Hoppy purchased a small telephone company in 1949 based in Alburgh. Over the next 20 years he acquired several other independent telephone companies in Vermont. After they were purchased by Continental Telephone, he remained as state manager for several years. In 1967, Gardner, with Howard Delano, cofounded Pine Ridge School in Williston where he served as Executive Director & Headmaster until his retirement in 1991. During this time he also obtained his master of education from UVM.

Throughout his life he enjoyed the outdoors, spending countless hours with his family skiing, sailing and white-water canoeing and hiking. Hoppy hiked much of the northern parts of the Appalachian Trail with his buddies, Fred and Bill. He was especially proud of having hiked, biked and canoed the length of the state of Vermont and ran several marathons during his 50s. Gardner and Beverly also enjoyed over 40 years of square dancing and UVM Hockey games together.

Hoppy will be deeply missed by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Daniels Hopwood of Colchester, his four children and their spouses, Christopher Hopwood and Kimball Butler of Monkton and their children Josie and Cal; Bob Hopwood and Kerstin Hanson of Williston and their children Alexandra and Erik; Susan and Christopher May of Burlington and Susan's daughter Chelsea Vail; Dick Hopwood and Cynthia Felch of Hinesburg and their children, Celina, Bronwen and Quentin.

Condolences may be sent to Beverly Hopwood at: 206 West Red Rock Road, Colchester, VT 05446-4427.

Charles B. "Pete" Johnson

Charles B. "Pete" Johnson, 84, died at his daughter's home in Montpelier on Friday, January 18, 2008. Pete was born in 1923 in Randolph, VT, the son of Roy and Hazel Johnson.

Pete graduated from Montpelier High School in 1941, went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in engineering from Norwich University in 1947 and his Masters' Degree in Education Administration from the University of Vermont in 1945. His undergraduate years at Norwich University were interrupted when his class was mobilized to active duty in 1943. He served as a Naval aviator until his discharge in December1945.

In 1946 he married the love of his life, Phyllis Savage, who predeceased him in 1998. Pete and Phyllis moved to Craftsbury in 1948 where he began his 45-year career in public education first at Barton and then Craftsbury as principal, teacher and coach. In 1954, he and his family moved to Holden, Mass., where he gained large school district experience as assistant principal and then principal at Wachusett Regional High School. He returned to Vermont in 1961 as superintendent of the Washington Northeast Supervisory District, a sprawling consortium of schools including Worcester, Marshfield, Plainfield, Cabot, Calais, Woodbury, Middlesex and East Montpelier. Two of the highlights during Pete's tenure there were the building of U-32 and Twinfield schools. After 12 years, he moved on to the superintendency of the Montpelier School District retiring in 1983. During his career he served as president of the Vermont Superintendents' Association and president of the New England Association of School Superintendents. After "retirement" he served as interim principal at Arlington High School in 1984, and then interim superintendent of the Caledonia North Supervisory Union and Barre Supervisory Union. He completed his career in the education field as a consultant for school construction throughout Vermont.

In retirement, Pete and Phyllis built a beautiful log home lakeside in Grand Isle. Pete acted as project manager and, other than the foundation and framework, he and Phyllis did most of the work themselves. They enjoyed many very happy years there welcoming and entertaining family and friends. During his retirement years, Pete served as a member of the Vermont Employment Security Board and on the board of directors for C.I.D.E.R.

Pete enjoyed sailing, bridge, woodworking, tennis, golf, puttering and agonizing over the Red Sox. He also loved camping trips with his family to Groton and Waterbury Dam.

Survivors include two daughters, Janey Malloy and husband, Dennis, of Montpelier and Joy McAvoy of Wilder; two sons, Pete Johnson and wife, Patti, of North Hero and Bruce Johnson and wife, Lindy, of Adamant; and son-in-law, John Hansen of Rutland; 13 grandchildren: Erika, Greg, Kevin, Cristin, Jill, Alan, Colleen, Judith, Heidi, Karen, Susan, RB and Will; and 5 great-grandchildren: Logan, Tegan, Finn, Penelope and Hailey. Also surviving are two sisters, Gerry Chalmers of South Hero and Martha Langone of Punta Gorda, FL. Besides his wife, a daughter, Judith Hansen and a sister, Pauline Coop, predeceased Pete.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, 05641 or C.I.D.E.R., PO Box 13, South Hero, 05486.

Richard L. Keenan

Richard L. Keenan, a Wellesley, MA resident for 50 years, and most recently at North Hill in Needham, MA and Ferrisburgh, VT, died at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT on September 1, 2008 at age 85. Predeceased by his loving wife Barbara Clarke (Keenan), they married on June 11, 1945 in San Antonio, TX, where he was a surgical technician in the US Army. Barbara, his wife of 58 years, was "my greatest supporter", said Dick. "What ever good occurred to me, she was responsible."

Both Dick and Barbara were graduates of Waltham High School, Waltham, MA. Dick graduated from Norwich in 1947, though he began with the Class of 1945. During his long lasting relationship with Norwich, Dick was a lifetime Partridge Society member, an 1819 Circle member, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also a brother in Theta Chi fraternity. Following graduation, he was employed by Waltham Chemical Company, which he purchased in 1963, retiring in 1994.

In addition to his expanding pest control business, he found time to pursue other related interests. He held managerial positions with his trade association, the National Pest Control Association. Also, he was elected to the board of Copesan Services, Inc. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as its president for four years. In 1980, he inaugurated CPS Insurance Company Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, and was its president for sixteen years. CPS insures over 20% of the pest control industry in the USA.

In 1981 he was elected a trustee of Norwich and served for twenty-one years. He was vice chairman of the board for the last six years of his tenure. He served with three university presidents.

He is survived by children Clarke Keenan, and his wife, Cathie, of Westwood, MA, Jonathan Keenan, and his wife, Kathleen, of Monument Beach, MA, Bonnie Jane Conway of Export, PA, and loving granddaughters, Adrienne and Katie.

Francis R. Lafayette

Francis R. Lafayette, 85, formerly of Essex Junction, VT, died Saturday, April 24, 2010, in Naples, FL.

Bones was born in Burlington, VT on May 18, 1924, the son of the late Lawrence and Catherine (Leonard) Lafayette. Bones graduated from Cathedral High School, Class of 1941, and later from Norwich with the Class of 1945. He was recognized as a Two Star General in the Partridge Society of Norwich with his late wife, Elaine.

Bones served in the United States Army during WWII. He was married to Elaine "Prof" Lafayette in Winooski, VT on May 14, 1949. She later predeceased him on February 13, 2010. He was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Essex, VT for over 50 years, the Ethan Allen Club in Burlington and the Burlington Country Club.

Bones is survived by his daughters, Pamela Lafayette, and her husband, Donald Bennett, Deborah Lafayette, and Lisa Lafayette, and her husband, Alan Hansen; and his grandsons, Cuyler Cameron and Jack Hansen. Francis was also predeceased by his brothers, Leonard, David and Robert Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495. 

Paul A. Lyon

Paul A. Lyon, of Burlington, Vt., passed away on June 14, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Montpelier, Vt. on Sept. 4, 1923, he was the son of the late Hugh and Ruth (Prescott) Lyon.

He married the late Martha Perry, of St. Albans, Vt., on Sept. 20, 1945, after completing military service as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II.

Paul graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans in 1940, and continued his education in engineering at Norwich University, with the Class of 1945. He left Norwich in his sophomore year to fly B-17 bombers out of Sudbury Field in England in the 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomb Squadron. He completed 30 combat missions over Germany, earning four Air Medals before returning to Norwich, where he graduated in 1947 as a mechanical engineer.

Paul worked for 36 years at General Electric as a project engineer on the Vulcan Gun. His many friendships over that time had been a comfort through the years. He was a gentleman of character with a strong sense of family and tradition.

He was a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge 4, the Waterbury American Legion Post 59, and the Burlington Elks Club.

He was gentle in nature and committed to fairness and integrity. He would often talk about playing his silver slide trombone in Sterling Weed's Imperial Orchestra, driving the Lyon family 1925 Model T Ford, and maintaining the family farm, Lyonhurst, which has been in the Lyon family for seven generations. He always took time for his family and enjoyed life through maintaining the family homestead, hunting, skiing, boating and vacations at camp on Hathaway Point.

Paul was predeceased by his wife, Martha, in 2004 and his daughter, Susan L. Dauphin, in 2006. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey P. Lyon (NU '72), and his wife, Paula, of Waterbury Center, Vt.; his grandchildren, Jeffrey P. Lyon, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of South Grafton, Mass., and Todd M. Lyon and his partner, Reid Kirchhoff, of New York City; his great-grandson, William "Liam" Lyon; and his sister, Prudence Kelley, of Bristol, Vt. He also leaves his brother-in-law Ballard Perry (Becky), of Derby, Vt., and sister-in-law Josephine Smith, of St. Albans, Vt.

Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service following.

Interment will take place after the service at the Waterbury Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , Green Mountain Chapter, P.O. Box 1139, Montpelier, VT 05601 or Ethan Allen Residence Activities Fund, 1200 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

Condolences may be left online at

John Walter McHugo

John Walter McHugo, 86, died August 3, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz.

John was born in Barre on December 16, 1923, to Walter Thomas and Kathleen Browne McHugo. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1941, attended Norwich University (1941-1943), and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Industrial Management in 1948.

John enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and graduated from the Aviation Cadet Program in 1943. After flight training, Lt. McHugo was sent overseas to the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, where he was an escort fighter pilot in the 506th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Command. He flew P-40, P-47 and P-51 fighter aircraft during the war. John also flew jet fighters, as a flight leader, during the Korean Conflict.

Upon returing from World War II, John married Patricia Ruth Bixby of Barre, and they moved to Burlington, where he finished his college education. John joined the Vermont Air National Guard within 60 days of its founding in the fall of 1946. John and Pat returned to Barre, where they had three children. Following his service during the Korean Conflict, John returned to Burlington to serve full-time in the Vermont Air National Guard ("Green Mountain Boys"). He served as flight leader, squadron executive officer, group operations officer, group commander, operations staff officer and chief of staff. Col. McHugo retired in 1979 as assistant adjutant general (Air). He accumulated 7,760 flying hours during his career (5,500 in fighters) and was rated Command Pilot. John relocated to Tucson, Ariz., after his retirement, where he spent the rest of his life. John was an avid skier since boyhood. He raced alpine and cross-country events for Spaulding High School and Norwich University, and he worked with the U.S. biathlon team during the 1970s. John also enjoyed golf, tennis, reading, hiking, and tending to his citrus trees.

John was a great supporter of Norwich. He was a lifetime member  of the Partridge Society and a member of the 1819 Circle.

John is survived by ex-wife Patricia B. McHugo of Montpelier; son Gregory J. McHugo of Strafford; and daughters Susan M. Inouye of Palo Alto, Calif., and Nancy P. McHugo of Tucson, Ariz. John has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. John's quick wit and ready laugh will be missed by all those who knew him.

Robert "Bob" Emmet Nix

Robert "Bob" Emmet Nix, 87, of Cornelius, N.C., died Saturday, April 2, 2011.

Born February 25, 1924 in Springfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Robert Michael Nix and Edna Mae Watton Nix. Bob graduated from Norwich University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. He was employed in sales and marketing in the oil industry and resided in the Northeast prior to retiring to N.C. thirteen years ago.

Bob leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Lorraine Rhea Nix; son, Robert 'Bob' Nix and his wife, Jessica; daughters, Kathleen Nix, and Donna Usinger and her husband Gary; grandchildren, Rachel, Patrick and Davis Nix. He was preceded in death by his sister, Majorie LaPorte.

The family extends a special thank you to all of the wonderful hospice caregivers, especially Jill Cozens, for their excellent care of Bob during his declining health. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036.

Jean F. Rixford

Jean Fuller Rixford died October 29, 2015 at The Arbors in Shelburne, VT where she was well cared for during her later years.

Jean was born in Burlington, VT on February 24, 1926; the daughter of Edson and Dorothy (Wheeler) Fuller. She lived in DeLand, FL and the Burlington area during her childhood years and summered with her parents at their cottage on Thompson's Point in Charlotte, VT Jean attended Stetson University in DeLand, and graduated from Vermont College in Montpelier.

She married Oscar Theodore "Ted" Rixford on August 16, 1947. After his graduation from the University of Vermont in 1949, they moved to East Highgate, VT after they both finished college where they assumed management responsibilities for the Rixford Axe and Scythe Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Rixford worked for both Highgate High and Missiquoi Valley Union High School as a receptionist and secretary for many years. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Church in Swanton for over 30 years. Jean loved life and was a very sociable and caring person. She loved horses and enjoyed riding in her younger years at her parent's farm in Cambridge, VT. She looked forward to her summers on Lake Champlain throughout her life, where she was an avid club member, tennis player, sailor and swimmer. Other hobbies that she enjoyed included golf, gardening, playing bridge, painting and collecting antiques.

Jean was a widow for the last 15 years of her life and bravely endured her Alzheimer's disease during those years.

She is survived by her children: Stephen and his wife, Barbara, of Tunbridge, Bradley and his wife, Marilu, of Butte, Mont., Ann and her husband, Greg Preston, of Arnold, Calif., and Peter and his wife, Linda, of East Highgate; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar Theodore Rixford, and her two sisters Helene Moore and Frances Booth.

A memorial service will be held at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Swanton on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 1 P.M. The Rev. J. Robert Spainhour will officiate the service. A private interment will follow in the family lot in the East Highgate Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Holy Trinity Church for the St John's, Highgate Falls, Vicar's Fund or the Alzheimer's Association . Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidder Memorial Home, Swanton, VT. 

Milton H. Snavely

Milton H. Snavely, 74, of Hershey, PA, died on June 10, 1998. He had been a partner in the former Snavely Nursing Home; retired as a flight line supervisor from the former New Cumberland Army Depot; and was a retired Air Force master sergeant.; an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II; and a member of Hershey American Legion Post 386.


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