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Walter Hildreth Abbott
Herbert J. Attenberg
Burton E. Bailey
William S. Bishop
BG Charles E. Canedy, USA (Ret.)
COL John Nicholas Canonico, USA (Ret.)
John G. Cecil
Bernard P. Cimini
Richard D. Colby
Donald E. Craig
Charles W. Crouch
Fred S. De Gioia
Jack E. Douglas
John W. Duress
Rudolph B. Eberle Jr.
MAJ David M. Emerson USA (Ret)
William D. Farnan
James D. Forshey Sr.
Lawrence J. Handy
Miriam P. Haney
(Vermont College) 10/14/1986
Richard S. Haupt
William M. Hershman
Bruce A. Homer
Robert Kinsman Horne
Walter F. Jardine
Donald P. Kelly
Philip D. Kingman
Willard H. Lundgren
Donald H. Lyon
Maj Will A. Merrill USMC (Ret)
Frank L. Moody Jr.
Dr. Garry T. Moushegian
(Vermont College) 5/1/2011
Stanley A. Novak
1LT Eugene T. Pisciotta, USAF
Lincoln C. Price, Jr.
Dr. Donald W. Richard
Lucian Robert Searle
Thomas D. Spooner
(Vermont College), 6/24/2001
Saul J. Steiner
James E. Tanner Jr.
MAJ Paul W. Tourigny USA (Ret)
Kenneth V. Travis
James G. Vlastaris
Willard M. Worcester
Eugene J. Zabik
Richard C. Zarse
Walter Hildreth Abbott
Walter Hildreth Abbott, 83, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital, in Lynchburg, Va.
Walt was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on September 8, 1928. He was the only son out of four children born to the late Wallace and Olive Abbott.
Walt was a graduate of Brattleboro High School in Vermont. He graduated from Norwich University in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He later graduated from the University of Michigan with a master's degree in nuclear energy. He served in the U. S. Army for 28 years and retired in 1973 as a lieutenant colonel.
Walt married Edna Levasseur Abbott on June 23, 1957.
He leaves behind his wife of 55 years; two sons: Wray and Wayne; two daughters: Wendy and Sonya; a sister; and numerous grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Walt was preceded in death by two of his four sons: Walter and William.
A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at St. William of York Catholic Church. He was later buried at Quantico National Cemetery.
Burton E. Bailey
Burton E. Bailey, 78, of Olalla, WA, passed away on April 13, 2009, after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by family when he passed.
While at Norwich, Burt was involved on the Guidon, the Outing Club, the football team, the Spanish club, the chess club, and was on the yearbook staff. He was also a brother in Tau Delta Phi and participated on intramurals. Burt graduated in 1953 with a degree in economics. He also served as an Admissions Representative.
Burt retired from a career working for the Washington National Guard as a purchasing agent in 1991 and from the 1244th Transportation Detachment that same year.
Burt is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth (Allen) Bailey, with whom he had two children, Paul Bailey and Susan Bailey.
Condolences may be sent to Liz at 15503 Cedar Park Rd SE Trlr 43, Olalla, WA 98359.
BG Charles E. Canedy, USA (Ret.)
BG Charles E. Canedy, USA (Ret.), 75,of San Antonio, Texas died July 29, 2007. Charlie died at his home after a long battle with cancer. Charlie was born November 11, 1931 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, to Gladys and Charlie Canedy. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the Honor Tank Platoon, Junior Weekend Committee, Maroon Key, Mountain & Cold Weather, Regimental Band, Skull & Swords, Epsilon Tau Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Drill Team and the Honor Committee. He was also listed in the Who’s Who in America and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Charlie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was commissioned in the US Army.
He married Fredrica Dole, his high school sweetheart, and immediately they began their Army adventure. Charlie spent the next 28 years in the Army stationed from Fort Hood to Fort Knox to Korea to Washington to Germany to Fort Sam Houston and many places in between. He loved every minute of it. Over the course of his career he organized and trained one of the first two divisional air cavalry troops; organized, trained, deployed, and fought one of the Army's first three separate Air Calvary Squadrons in Vietnam; and was the first commandeer of the 6th Air Calvary Combat Brigade.
In 1962, while in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, he received an order to organize an Air Calvary troop and to be prepared to fight it if the division received the order to invade Cuba. He scrounged cast off Air Force and Navy weapons, mounted them on H-13s and UH-1As, trained the troop, and planned its employment. Although the invasion did not occur, those who knew Charlie knew that his homemade air cavalry troop would have achieved the world's first victory in aerial mounted combat. In 1967, Charlie was selected to organize, train and deploy the 7th of the 1st Air Cav Squadron which deployed to Vietnam. The tactics developed by his squadron laid the foundation for today's air cav and attack units.
In 1973 he took command of the 2d Brigade (Air Calvary), 1st Cav Division, later renamed the 6th Air Cavalry Combat Brigade. Promoted to brigadier general, he was assigned as the Army Aviation Officer and spearheaded the effort to form the Army's aviation branch. In 1981, following assignment as Chief of Staff of 5th Army, Charlie retired to settle in San Antonio. He began his second career as an agent with USPA & IRA, went on to lead the Geronimo District, and transitioned with the Company to First Command. His love for aviation didn't hold a candle to his love for people. After 23 years with First Command, Charlie retired once again, turning his energy to service in the Windcrest United Methodist Church, revalidated his pilot's license and took back to the skies, and worked on his golf game. And he loved every minute of it.
He is survived by his children Sue Canedy, Carol Guillory, Charlie D. Canedy, their spouses and his grandchildren; his wife Vera and her daughter Tanya; and his sister, Ruth and her husband Bud Anderson. Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Fredrica.
COL John Nicholas Canonico, USA (Ret.)
Colonel John Nicholas Canonico, USA (Ret.), 78, beloved husband of Judith K. Canonico, brother, father, soldier, artist, lay minister and friend died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on August 3, 2010. John and Judy are longtime residents of Barrington, NH.
The youngest of six children of Italian immigrant parents, he spent his youth in Lodi then Waldwick New Jersey where his family survived the Depression through hard work, determination and an intense sense of loyalty. It was during this time that he learned devotion to family and country, a strong work ethic, and integrity; all traits that guided him throughout his life.
He graduated in 1953 from Norwich University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served throughout the Cold War defending our freedom and core values: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. During his 30-year career he served his country with distinction impacting at the highest levels of the military. His service included senior level assignments at the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, Fort Monroe, and Fort Devens. His overseas assignments included tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. His many awards and achievements include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star medal and Masters degrees from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Central Michigan. John’s love of country and dedication to duty were unwavering. His two sons followed him into the service. One is a Lieutenant Colonel who recently redeployed from Afghanistan.
John retired from his final assignment as the Deputy Post Commander for Fort Devens, Massachusetts in 1983 and shortly afterward joined Dworkin Associates, Inc. of Rochester as Vice President and Director of Underwriting for 17 years. While his service to the country was complete, he continued to give to his family, the community, and those around him. He always had an impact on those close to him and gave freely of his time, volunteering and supporting various programs. He is a past President of the Norwich Club of Portsmouth/Seacoast, a Norwich Old Guard Member, and from 1993-98 he was the Director of the Norwich University Alumni Association. He was very proud of his Norwich heritage and his classmates as both held a special place in his heart. He was also an avid gardener, active in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church, and became a prize winning bird carver of songbirds and shorebirds.
John was a devoted father to three children: Debra Martino and her husband Michael of Roswell, GA; Scott Canonico and his wife Tricia of Fort Collins, CO; and Peter Canonico and his wife Kathy of Spring Lake, NC. He was also an influential and loving grandfather to five grandchildren who were constantly reminded of his love and affection. He was a dear brother to five siblings –Josephine Stitzel, Louis Canonico, Leonette Kachadurian and Lawrence and Patrick Canonico who pre-deceased him. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues who loved and respected him. He touched many lives and will be very fondly remembered and sorely missed.
Lawrence J. Handy
Lawrence Joseph Handy, age 83, passed away in his home on April 1, 2013, surrounded by his devoted children and grandchildren.
Born at home in Winooski, Vt., on March 17, 1930, Larry was the youngest child of Joseph Corey Handy and Jennie E. (Hendy) Handy. Larry graduated from Winooski High School in 1948 and continued on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in government from his beloved Norwich University with the Class of 1953. While at Norwich, he was a member of Tau Delta Phi, the French Club, the Outing Club, the Newman Club, and the War Whoop staff. After graduation, Larry married the love of his life, the former Lorraine Viau, on July 4, 1953. They enjoyed 57 loving years together before her death on Feb. 19, 2011.
He is survived by his four children and their spouses: David and Carrie Handy and their five children: Emmy, David "Bud", Natalie, Joseph and Samuel; Jeffrey and Elizabeth Handy and their daughter, Lauren; Joanne and John Polanshek and their children: Suzanne and Diana and her husband, Kevin Corkrum; Susan and Bruce Lastra and their children: Larry, Meredith and Anna. He is also survived by his great-grandson, Calvin Lee Corkrum; brother-in-law, Roy Zeno; sister-in-law, Jane Berardino and her husband, Ronald; sister-in-law, Claire Handy; as well as many loving and devoted nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents and loving wife, Lorraine, Larry was predeceased by his three brothers, Raymond J. Handy, Elias Handy and Floyd E. Handy; his sister, Cecile (Handy) Handy; brother-in-law, George P. Handy; nephew, Stephen P. Handy; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Zeno.
Visiting hours will be held at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home in St. Albans, Vt., on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Church. Please visit the funeral home website www.bradyandlevesque.com
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Martha's Kitchen, 86 Main St., St. Albans, VT 05478; or Tim's/Samaritan House, 24 Kingman St., St. Albans, VT 05478.
Richard S. Haupt
Richard S. Haupt, 77, of Morrisonville, N.Y. passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on July 19, 1931, the son of Fredric and Dorothy (Bingham) Haupt.
He was a 1953 graduate of Norwich with a B.S. in civil engineering and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a master's degree in structures and soils. While at Norwich he was a member of the Glee Club and the Outing Club.
Following graduation from Norwich, Dick worked for the Vermont Department of Water Resources, designing dams. In 1958, he transferred into the Vermont Agency of Transportation where he spent the next 36 years designing structures, bridges, dams, and evaluating soils. Throughout his career, Dick lead many special administrative assignments including the design and construction of the Lake Paran dam and railroad bridge, was an expert witness for the St. of Vt. in Vermont v. International Paper Company and Ouellet v. International Paper Company. For both trials, Dick collected samples and analyzed polution sediments discharged into Lake Champlain. He was an adjunct professor at Norwich from 1980 to 1992. From 1992 until his retirement in 1994, Dick was the Vice Chairman of New England Transportation Protective Coating Committee (NEPCOAT). This committee was responsible for developing a criteria to accept effective and environmentally safe protective coatings for structural steel.
After retirment, Dick and his wife, Kathryn, moved to Moretown, Vt. to Peru, N.Y., where he took up wooden canoe and guide boat restorations and served on the Board of Directors for the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed canoeing, hiking, camping, and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn H. Haupt of Morrisonville; his sons, Steven and his wife, Eileen, and Fritz-Jon and his wife, Monique; daughters, Karen Boyce and her husband, James, and Deborah Carling and her husband, Douglas; a sister, Mary Stuart, and her husband, Dr. Bruce Stuart; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and his stepmother, Eleanor West Haupt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund at the above address.
Robert Kinsman Horne
Robert Kinsman Horne passed away on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, following a valiant fight against Alzheimer’s/dementia at his home in Sun City in Palm Desert, Calif.
Bob graduated from Melrose (Mass.) High School in 1948, where he served as a class officer and was active in several sports. The following year, he graduated from Tilton Preparatory School in Tilton, N.H. In 1953, he graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of arts in economics. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the football team, the baseball team, and the hockey team, serving as the team's captain during the '52-'53 season. The 1953 hockey team was inducted into the Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1998 he was inducted, individually, into the Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following college, Bob served as an Army first lieutenant in Germany during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Melrose Wyoming Lodge of Masons. His business career included work in truck leasing with several companies, reaching a pinnacle as a vice president of national sales for Hertz Co. He concluded his career as president of “Trader Horne” – a transportation consulting company.
Bob will long be remembered as a doting husband and loving family man. He relished in physical activity and dancing of any kind. His busy life was full of gardening, photography, and international trips where he and his wife visited many exotic countries from Irian Jaya to Tanzania, where they assimilated into the local communities by eating, dancing, living, and reveling in many different cultures. His saying was, “If it’s muggy and buggy and the natives wear bones in their noses, we’ll be there.”
He leaves behind his loving wife, Barbara, with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage; their three children, Heidi Bouchard, Holly Shobe, and Robert Clayton Horne; six grandchildren, Kenny, Josh, Bryce, Bobby, Lindsey, and Sarah; nieces, Sue Ellenwood and Pamela Lutts; and also his lifetime “Buddy” and cousin, Dick Hodgson.
A service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Pacific View Mortuary Park, Corona Del Mar, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or Norwich University.
Walter F. Jardine
Walter F. Jardine, 82, of Eliot, Maine, passed away on November 8, 2012. He had been fighting Parkinson's for about eight years when an aneurysm took him earlier than expected.
Walt was born in Greenville, Maine, on July 22, 1930, to Paul and Louise Jardine. He graduated from Norwich University in Vermont in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. While at Norwich, Walt was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Maroon Key. He spent two years in Germany as a tank platoon leader serving in the U.S. Army with the rank of first lieutenant.
Walt worked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in engineering and quality assurance before retiring in 1985 after 30 years. He was married to Roberta (Williams) in 1958 and they raised two sons, Paul and Peter.
He loved to ski and spent as much time as he could at his camp at Sugarloaf Mountain. After retirement, Walt worked at the health club and drove a shuttle bus at Sugarloaf. Besides skiing, he enjoyed camping, biking, woodworking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and a little golf.
Walter is survived by his wife, Roberta, of 54 years; their sons: Paul Jardine NU'81 and his wife, Amy Jardine NU'82, and Peter Jardine NU'84 and his wife, Ann Marie; two sisters: Paula Bartlett and her husband, David, and Joan Dickinson; an uncle, Roy Smith; three aunts: Irma Johnson, Dawn Sanders, and Thelma McDonald; grandchildren: Tim Jardine and his wife, Lindsay, Dan Jardine and his wife, Trish, Rebekah Jardine, and Ashley, Christie, and Allison Jardine; two great-grandchildren: Makayla and Ava Jardine; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on State Road in Eliot, Maine, on November 23, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter's memory to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., Parkinson's Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10305-1946.
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Ed Mannix, a member of the Mighty Class of 1953 and one of the "Boys from Company B," passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2011, in San Jose, Calif., following a brief illness.
While at Norwich, Ed was an associate editor of the Guidon and the War Whoop and a founding features editor for The Magnum. He was also a member of the Rifle Team and considered himself a close friend to three of the corps' first four cadet colonels. In conjunction with the Guidon, he worked closely with both Major General Gerald Oscar Caldwell, USMC, (Ret.) and Major General Ernest N. Harmon, USA, (Ret.). He often stated that these officers and the corps had a lasting influence on his life.
Entering Norwich from Williamstown, Mass., Ed was commissioned in the USMC after graduating, and served as a Rifle Company Commander. He received his discharge at Moffett Field in California and, with the exception of three years with the DOD in Vietnam, remained in California. He was a member of The American Legion, Post #152, Williamstown, Mass.
Proud of his days at Norwich and in the military service of his country, Ed asked that he be remembered as a friend and as a patriot.
Ed is survived by Betty, his wife and best friend of 34 years ("the best thing that ever happened to me"); three brothers: Brian, and his wife Alice, Kevin, and Gary, and his wife, Joan; a sister, Moira Cardinal; two daughters, Diane Wenzel, and Leslie-Ann Campbell; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering of family is planned for this spring in the Williamstown area. Donations may be made in his memory to Norwich's shooting club ("Norwich University - NUHITS") c/o Development Office, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
Dr. Garry T. Moushegian
Dr. Garry T. Moushegian of Norwood, Mass., died on March 22, 2012, at the age of 80. His days were spent with the love of his life at his side, in the home that made him proud.
Garry was born on February 22, 1932, to the late Garabed N. and Catherine R. (Sheehan) Moushegian. Garry was a graduate of Norwich University, UNH, Tufts Dental, and Boston University. While at Norwich, Garry was a member of the Spanish Club, Junior Weekend Committee, Biology Club, Newman Club, Glee Club, and Lambda Chi Alpha. Garry was a U.S. Army veteran, and had achieved the rank of first lieutenant.
Garry was the beloved husband of Nancy L. (Shaw) Moushegian; devoted father of Mark T. Moushegian and his wife, Hongjun, of Calif., Gwyn L. Anglesey of Utah, Kirk G. Moushegian of Utah, and Derek C. Michienzie of Mass; brother of Robert Moushegian of Fla., Eleanor Moushegian of Mass., and Sybil Moushegian of Maine. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. His family will miss his charm, intellect, sense of humor, dancing, and positive attitude that kept them smiling.
A Funeral Home Service will be held on Monday March 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington Street, Westwood, MA 02062. Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton, Mass., following the Funeral Home Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Aplastic Anemia Foundation, 237 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445 or Waldrenstrom’s Lymphoma Society, 450 Brookline Avenue, Mayer 548, Boston, MA 02215. Condolences may be left online at www.kraw-kornackfuneralhome.com
Lincoln C. Price, Jr.
Lincoln C. Price, Jr., 84, passed away on September 2, 2012, from complications developed after a stroke he suffered in August.
Lincoln was born in New York City on January 6, 1928. His family moved to Lisbon, N.H., during WWII while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy. He attended Lisbon High School and the Clarke School at Hanover and graduated from Norwich in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. While at Norwich, Lincoln was a member of Tau Delta Phi, the Drill Team, the Chess Club, and the Ski Team. He married his first wife, Betty Hadley, in 1949. They had two children, Heather and Curtis. They later divorced, and in 1965, Lincoln married his second wife, Blanche "Bebe" Buck Price. She preceded him in death on April 28, 2000.
Lincoln is survived by his two children.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Lincoln's memory to: Memorials, Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501.
Lucian Robert Searle
L. Robert "Bob" Searle, 91, of Hampton, N.H., died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Providence, R.I., on April 20, 1920, the son of the late Willard A. and Helen (Kenyon) Searle. Mr. Searle was raised in West Warwick, R.I., and graduated from Moses Brown Preparatory School in Providence, R.I., before attending Norwich University. While attending Norwich he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II and served proudly in the South Pacific. As with most World War II veterans, he very rarely spoke of his service to his country.
He was employed by Atlantic Refining Company, which was succeeded by Atlantic Richfield, as a direct marketing manager overseeing four districts before he was promoted to a regional manager working out of the Pittsburgh, Pa., office. He retired in 1979 with 36 years of service.
Bob returned to New England in 1999, making his home in Hampton. He cherished the many friends he made and especially enjoyed renewing his relationship with alumni of Norwich University. He also enjoyed antiquing and sightseeing along the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine.
Bob leaves his wife, Bonnie B. (Baldwin) Searle, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage. He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Marilyn (Clowes) Searle, and his only child, Douglas R. Searle.
Saul J. Steiner
Saul J. Steiner, 80, of Westerly, R.I., passed away on August 15, 2012.
Saul graduated from Norwich University in 1953 with a bachelor of arts in government. While at Norwich, he was a member of Tau Delta Phi and the Winter Carnival Committee. Upon graduation, Saul was commissioned as 2LT in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He was a correspondent for the Providence Journal and was a teacher for 30 years with Westerly High School. He was also a member of American Legion Post 16 in Westerly.
Saul was preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Sarah (Rockey) Steiner.
A committal service with military honors will be Friday, September 14, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, R.I. Chapter, 205 Hallene Rd., Suite 209, Warwick, RI 02886, or to a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to publicly express their heartfelt gratitude to the many wonderful caregivers, community members, and loving friends who reached out and helped Saul during the difficult past few months. Your thoughtfulness and kindness are deeply appreciated.
Robert A. Sudbay
Robert A. Sudbay, 81, passed away on February 4, 2012.
Robert graduated from Norwich University in 1953 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Hockey and Baseball teams, the Newman Club, the Varsity Club, and was a member of the War Whoop and Guidon staffs.
Robert is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann; children: Robert and Stephen; grandchildren: Robert, Tyler, and Trevor; brother Donald; and sister, Barbara. He was predeceased by his brother James.
Kenneth V. Travis
Kenneth V. Travis, 81, died peacefully at his home in Greensboro, N.C., on November 22, 2012.
Ken was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1931. He graduated from Norwich University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at Norwich, he was a member of Tau Delta Phi. Following graduation, Ken married Joyce Currier and was commissioned into the U.S. Army. After one tour of active duty, he served 20 years in the Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 1961, Ken and his wife moved to Greensboro where he began working as a property and casualty adjuster with GAB Robins. After 20 years with Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, he retired as a claims manager in 2005. Ken was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church for over 38 years. He served as junior warden for several terms as well as assistant to the treasurer. Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. After a successful treatment, he lived his next few years devoting himself to his family and supporting many animal rescue causes. His love of animals was certainly one of his most defining characteristics. He will be greatly missed for his lively debates, his great caring for the "underdog", and the unwavering love and support he provided his children and grandchildren throughout their lives.
Kenneth is survived by his children: Van Travis and his wife, Martha, Rebecca Salehar and her husband, Mark, Melissa Frain and her husband, Doug, Jeffrey Travis, and Kathleen Burchfield; and granddaughters: Jennie Allred and Leah Campbell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joyce C. Travis.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life was held on November, 27, 2012, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Greensboro, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the SPCA of the Triad, P.O. Box 4461, Greensboro, N.C. 27404 or to All Saints Episcopal Church, 4211 Wayne Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27407. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com
Eugene J. Zabik
Eugene J. Zabik, 75, of South Hadley, MA entered into eternal rest on November 19, 2008 surrounded by loved ones. Eugene was born at home in Three Rivers, MA, the son of the late Frank and Julia (Bartnik) Zabik. He grew up in Holyoke, MA and attended local schools.
At age 16 he entered Norwich and graduated in 1953 with a degree in chemical engineering at age 20. While at Norwich, Eugene participated with the Newman Club, the basketball team, the German Club, Drill Team, the baseball team, and was a brother in Theta Chi. Larry says of his father:
"Gene entered Norwich University at 16 and graduated at 20 with a degree in organic chemistry. Dad’s character was forged and hardened at Norwich – the nation’s oldest private military college. I know and understand his training. I followed in his footsteps 27 years later. Gene lived by a simple code. The same code we learned and lived at Norwich. Cadets do not lie, cheat or steal. You are honest or you are not. Cadets look after one another. Our motto is “Essayons”…I will try. Gene saw the world as black and white, without shades of gray. Gene’s integrity was the foundation of his character.
The importance of education would become a major focus of his life and his legacy to his children. At Norwich, revelry was at 6 am and fall out for morning formation at 6:15 am, he never strayed from the early morning wake up thereafter, and always kept the habit of making a tight bunk daily. During college he hitchhiked home on weekends to see Betty and always made it back in time for roll call. "
After graduating Norwich, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army serving as an organic chemist in the Chemical Corps during the Korean conflict at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Dad earned the National Defense Service Medal. He returned to the area, married and settled in South Hadley, where he raised his family. He later graduated from WNEC Law School earning his Juris Doctorate. Eugene retired from James River/Rexham Graphics where he worked as Director of Environmental Affairs.
Eugene was an avid photographer, little league baseball coach and catechism teacher. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth A. (McGiverin), two daughters, Valerie Zabik and Geraldine Zabik-Kadis and her husband, Chuck, three sons, Lawrence Zabik (NU 1980) and his wife, Paula, Christopher Zabik and his partner, Carolyn Gregitis, and Keith Zabik and his wife, Shoshana Skye Mayden. He also leaves his only beloved brother, Edwin Zabik, and his wife, Laura, along with four grandchildren, one great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Condolence messages to the family can be sent to LZabik@ZabikandAssociates.com
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Baystate VNA and Hospice, 50 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01102.
Richard C. Zarse
Richard C. Zarse, 81, of Merrimack, N.H., and Sarasota, Fla., passed away on November 26, 2011, at the Emeritus Extended Living Facility in Sarasota.
Born and raised in Winchester, Mass., Richard was the son of Clarence H. Zarse and Hilda (Bourne) Zarse. A 1953 graduate of Norwich University with a bachelor of arts in English, Richard was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, serving as social chairman and vice president, a cadet sargent and lieutenant, member of the Outing Club, Winter Carnival Committee, Junior Week Committee, and Ski Team for two years. Upon graduation from Norwich University, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army serving as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War.
In his professional life, Richard served as president of the Heil Equipment Company of Boston for 11 years and was a partner in C. M. Mixer Real Estate/Insurance firm in Wolfeboro, N.H. He also worked for over 25 years for Nordblom Company in Boston, a commercial and industrial real estate firm, serving as a vice president.
Richard served as a director for the National Truck Body and Equipment Assoc., the National Association of Realtors, the Lakes Region Board of Realtors, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and the Greater Boston Board of Realtors. He also was a member of the Wakefield, N.H., Planning Board and a Trustee of the Gafney Memorial Library.
Richard is survived by two sons, Gary, and his wife, Cynthia, of Sarasota, Fla., and David and his wife, Rae Ann, of Sahaurita, Ariz.; his daughter, Ann Cobb, and her husband, Richard; and his brother, Robert B. Zarse (NU '56), of Elon, N.C. He also leaves eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son, John Richard, in 2008, and his ex-wife, Patricia, in 2007.
A memorial service will be held in late May 2012 at the Peaslee Funeral Home in Sanbornville, N.H.