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Marcelino "Chink" Aja
William F. Beatty
Diana Jane Wehe Bonnette
Joseph Merle Bott
COL Harry A. Buckley
Leroy "Roy" C. Butler
COL Gerald G. Chikalla, Ret.
George R. Crombie
Ruth Weers Davis
Dr. Robert Detwyler
Nellie G. Drown
Linda Lee Ellis
Barbara M. Fagan
Barbara L. Greemore
Loring Edward Hart
Colonel Milton Leland (Lee) Haskin
Jeffrey Bain Hatch
Rodney G. Jones
Kenneth Martin Kidd
Gretchen T. Kingman
Colonel Paul D. LaFond, USMC, (Ret.)
Robert V. Lewis
Lt. Col Clifford E. Lippincott, USA (Ret.)
Maureen V. Lippincott
Edwin L. (Ted) Marsden
Van N. Martin
Richard Mason McNeer
Patricia A. (Miville) Mitchell
Elmer Lewis Munger
COL William R. Prince, USA (Ret.)
Marilyn Bagadinski Rinker
Maria Begonia Rubio
Frank H. Sargent
Richard Keith Schwer
Hillard G. Seaver
Carol Elizabeth Stephens
Debra Nusman Stever
Arthur T. Thompson
George R. Turner
Perry F. Vick
Brian P. Webb
Virginia P. Webber
M. Annette Wicklund
Marcelino "Chink" Aja
Marcelino "Chink" Aja, of Freedom Drive, died Monday night, March 16, 2009, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Marcelino was born in Barre, the son of Nicanor and Carlotta (Sassi) Aja. He attended East Barre schools and Spaulding High School.
Marcelino, better known as "Chink," and his loving wife, Velma (Fleck) Aja, were well known for their ballroom dancing. He was a wonderful husband and father and enjoyed his sports and helping many boys and girls with basketball and baseball, especially with his own two sons. Chink played baseball for several local teams, including the American Legion. He played professional baseball in the minor class B league in Killgore, Texas, and Maine.
After returning to Vermont, he was employed a short while at the Barre Granite City Creamery before entering the service. He served four years in the U.S. Army, three years in the European theater with the Fourth Infantry Division and was wounded three times. He was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Hearts, Oak Leaf Clusters and Marksmanship Medal plus other medals. He served in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day from Utah Beach. He also served in battles in the Hurtgen Forest.
Returning home to Vermont he learned the baker's trade and worked several years at the Jarvis Bake Shop and the Town Talk Bakery in Barre. He also worked summers and winter resorts in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Cape Cod, Mass. Marcelino was employed by Norwich University as head pastry chef 15 seasons and summers for 15 years at Bob Cousy's, of the Boston Celtics, basketball camp in New Hampshire as their head pastry chef. The last years before he retired he worked with his wife at Montpelier High School as pastry chef.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post #10 of Barre and VFW Post #792 of Montpelier.
Survivors include his son Romero and his wife, Harriet, and their children Jennette, Cindy, Jason, and Tim; and his son John and his wife, Dawnna, and their children Tammy, Johnny, Cindy and Cheryl; also eight great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Two brothers, Paul and sister-in-law Marion of East Barre, Nicanor and sister-in-law Claire of Barre Town and several nieces and nephews.
Marcelino was predecease by his wife, Velma, of 65 years, John's twin sister, Joan Flores, a brother Peter and sister-in-law, Lyla, and sister Flores and her husband, Dr. Harwood Cummings.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
William F. Beatty, USN (Ret.)
William F. Beatty, commander, U.S. Navy (retired), died on June 16, 2014, at the age of 88, at his home in Northfield, Vermont, surrounded by his loving wife, Theresa, and his 10 children, and the thoughts and prayers of all his grandchildren and countless other family members and friends near in spirit.
Born on June 26, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill was the oldest child of William H. and Emily Foster Beatty. The family moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September of that year, where Bill attended parochial schools, developed his lifelong affinity for the beach, and graduated from Holy Spirit High School in June 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy to become a pilot in April of 1943, returned home as a Reservist to complete high school, and then began active duty in September. After duty assignments in the Carolinas and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, he entered flight training. Bill completed the program on June 6, 1947, was commissioned as an ensign, and received his "Wings of Gold" as a naval aviator. The next day, June 7, 1947, he and Theresa M. Kelly, his high school sweetheart, also of Atlantic City, were united in marriage at the Catholic Chapel, NAS Pensacola, Florida.
Cmdr. Beatty served as a naval aviator in a variety of posts, including patrol duty from NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island; as a flight instructor at the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas; as operations officer and plane squadron commander from NAS Brunswick, Maine; and many other sea and shore duty assignments. He was a member of the first naval squadron to fly missions over Russia during the Cold War. He retired from the Navy in June 1966. Cmdr. Beatty received both bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Cmdr. Beatty accepted a position as assistant professor of economics at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He served Norwich for 24 years as a professor, the commandant of cadets, dean of students, executive assistant to the president, head of the Division of Business and Management, and chairman, Department of Computer Science and Business, until his retirement from Norwich on June 30, 1990.
Bill was a tremendously loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His fondest interests were of his family, their activities and accomplishments. He attended countless Little League baseball games, swim meets, and basketball, hockey, lacrosse and soccer games. He was always there for his wife and his entire family. He will be thoroughly and sorely missed.
Cmdr. Beatty is survived and will forever by loved and remembered by Theresa, his wife of 67 years, and his children, Michael and wife Clara, of Millville, New Jersey; William Jr. and wife Lee, of Clifton Park, New York; Catherine, of Coventry, Connecticut; Peter and wife Nancy Kendrick, of Andover, Massachusetts; Glenn and wife Kathy Costello, of Jericho, Vermont; Christine and husband Dr. Richard Cambria, of Milton, Massachusetts; Patrick and wife Kathy Behan, of Sudbury, Massachusetts; Mary and husband John Glucksman, of Standish, Maine; Rose, of Northfield, Vermont; John and wife MaryPat, of Westford, Massachusetts. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Rose Pallitto, of Atlantic City, and two sisters, Sister Marianne Beatty, Sister of Mercy, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and Faith Crowe and her husband, Pat, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his sister Lois.
Bill is also survived by 30 grandchildren: Patricia and husband Justin, Christopher and wife Kelly, Catherine, Emily, Diana, Maureen and husband Lenny, Timothy and wife Patty, Jessie, Stacy and husband Timm, Sarah and husband Chris, Kelly and husband Matt, Connor, Hannah, Joseph, Molly, Andrew and wife Sarah, Justin and wife Heydi, Daniel and wife Lindsey, Matthew, Julia, Cullen, Brendan, Taryn, Mary-Eileen, Jackson, Eli, Evan, Derek, Megan and Olivia. His surviving 10 great-grandchildren are: Liam, Sydney, William, Cecelia, Emerson, Josie, Sean, Natalie, Sadie and Felix.
He also leaves great friends Barry and Connie Mynter, Sally Buckley, Frank and Diane Vanecek and many wonderful neighbors on Stagecoach Road.
Thanks to Father Dwight and parishioners of St. John's for prayers, food and kindnesses. Special thanks to loving caregivers Alicia, Kathy, Juvy, Allen, Tiffany, son Glenn and grandson Jackson. Many thanks to Bill and Theresa's children who visited when they could during his illness.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, Northfield, Vermont. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield, Vermont, followed by interment at the VA Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont.
Those who wish may send a memorial contribution to St. John's Catholic Church, Northfield, Vermont, or to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice agency. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesargus/obituary.aspx?n=william-f-beatty&pid=171405305#sthash.bHY0sM65.dpuf
Duke Benz, 89, of Port Orange, Fla., died June 23, 2007. Duke was born in the Bronx, N.Y., was an Army veteran, and a retired school sports coach. In 1988, Duke Benz became the fifth honorary member of the NU Athletic Hall of Fame. A 1939 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in Physical Education, Duke received his M.Ed. and M.S. in PE at the University of Colorado. He also did graduate work in History and English at Syracuse University. A versatile athlete, he competed in baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, and club hockey as an undergraduate. Duke was undefeated in four years of Olympic Trials.
His incredible versatility as an athlete continued beyond graduation as he had a stint as a professional boxer, reached black belt status in karate, and became a PGA golf instructor. In addition, Duke directed several camps and was a mainstay on the clinic-lecture circuit. He was also a baseball umpire (he umpired the 1976 Little League World Series) and a basketball referee.
Duke coached at the college level for over fifty years with experience in football, boxing, wrestling, basketball, and baseball with stops at Syracuse University, the University of Colorado, Minot State, Washburn University, Hartwick College, and obviously Norwich University. He also coached at the Mitchell Air Force Base in New York. Duke also served as a summer guest coach for the New York Giants.
At Norwich, Duke coached football and basketball in addition to teaching in the Physical Education Department. His success as a coach is measured not only by his career winning records but by the unswerving loyalty of his players.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Elsie; a daughter, Leslie Kendall; two stepsons, Peter Wench and Herman Wench; a sister, Beverly Clarke, California; and five grandchildren.
Diana Jane Wehe Bonnette
Diana Jane Wehe Bonnette, 80, died Nov. 19, 2012 in Hot Springs, Ark. She was born June 28, 1932 in Baton Rouge. She was the daughter of Albert and Helen Wehe.
Jane taught math/computer science at Norwich University from 1962 to 1970. She was the first woman in Norwich History to wear a uniform. She later became a computer analyst for the State of Vermont. During the years that she lived in Baton Rouge, Jane was an active member of the First Baptist Church. Her faith and life in the church were very important to her. She loved hiking in the hills of Vermont and photographing the wild flowers and landscape. She enjoyed music, needlework and art.
Survivors include her sister, Marilyn Horton (Philip); two brothers, James E. Wehe (Daisy) of Dallas, Texas, and Albert H. Wehe of Raleigh, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert W. Bonnette, of Northfield, Vt.
Joseph Merle Bott
Joseph Merle Bott, 21, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2009. Joey was born in Groton, Conn. on July 14, 1987, the son of David and Tonya (Colbeth) Bott. For the last three years Joey has made his home in Brookfield with his parents. Joey was a very private person who enjoyed his music, paintball with friends and hanging out with family.
He leaves behind his parents, his maternal great grandmother, Merle (LaValley) Bresette, paternal grandparents, Richard and Joan Bott, Sr., his maternal grandparents, Susan (Bresette) Kelley and Steve Sayers and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Joey was predeceased by his aunts, Donna Bott and Roxanne Slayton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph's memory can be made to Freezing Fun for Families, 10 Moonlight Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
George Bruce, 77, died peacefully at his home in Northfield on Jan. 23, 2008, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
Born Peter DeVoe Collins on May 6, 1930, George was adopted at an early age by a Boston attorney and grew up in the Boston area, spending several years at the Farm and Trades School in Boston Harbor.
He studied English literature at the University of New Hampshire, leaving before graduation to join the Army. He spent two years in Germany during the Korean War translating Russian radio broadcasts, then returned to UNH where he finished his bachelor's and master's degrees in English. He met Marilyn Wheeler at UNH; they married in September of 1955 and moved to Rochester, where George earned his Ph.D.
George moved to Northfield toe teach English at Norwich University in 1960. His proudest accomplishment was bringing an ailing Russian-language program to Norwich in the mid-1960s, where it blossomed into a full summer language school. He later left Norwich and worked at the Vermont State Retirement Office until he retired in 1992.
George was a member of and financial secretary for the Northfield United Church, served on the board of the Vermont Philharmonic, was a member of the Conversational Club and was the driving force behind a long-running mobile poker tourney. He earned a private pilot's license and logged many hours around New England and the Eastern seaboard. George loved music and found special joy in attending the performances of his children. He spent time landscaping and woodworking, and sang with the Barre Choraleers. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling, taking many trips to California and the Southwest with family and friends.
George leaves behind his wife of 52 years; four children, Elizabeth Cooper and her husband Glenn of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Hilary Bruce and her husband Alan Dickman of Golden, Colo.; Daniel Bruce and his wife Carol Spradling of Montpelier; Alison Cerutti and her husband Neil of Northfield; and seven grandchildren.
COL Harry A. Buckley
COL Harry A. Buckley of Northfield, Vt., died January 2, 2007. Col. Harry A. Buckley died of multiple myeloma. Col. Buckley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1948 and married his lovely bride, Sarah "Sally" Hallahan later that year.
Harry was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his service in the Korean War as G Company Commander in the 1st Cavalry Division. He earned another Silver Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam, where he was a battalion commander in the 101st Airborne Division.
With the help and support of Sally, Col. Buckley earned a Ph.D. from Purdue and became head of the department of military psychology and leadership at West Point in 1969. He was also the first head of the department of behavioral science and leadership at West Point when it moved from the tactical department to become a full academic department. Col. Buckley retired from the Army in 1978 after 30 years of distinguished service to his country. In 1978, Col. Buckley started a second career as assistant to the president of Norwich University and later became a faculty member as the associate division head of the division of business and management at Norwich. A beloved teacher and advisor, Professor Buckley received the Beatty Award for outstanding teaching three times. Upon his retirement in 1999, Professor Buckley was awarded the honorary title of Professor Emeritus and in 2001 he received the Board of Fellows Outstanding Service Medallion. Harry earned the deepest respect and love of all those who had the privilege to know him.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; his sons, Brett, Booth, and John; and his daughters, Betsy Buckley and Anne Buckley.
Leroy "Roy" C. Butler
NORTHFIELD - Leroy C. Butler, beloved husband and devoted father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2015, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. Roy simply enjoyed life and all it offered. Throughout his life he thrived in the roles of son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher, student, volunteer, painter, farmer, gardener, woodsman and traveler among many others.
Born April 27, 1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Leroy and Eline Butler and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Vermont. Roy was married to Elizabeth Ricks on June 15, 1963.
Roy was a true lifelong learner and educator. He went on to a creative career as a chemistry professor. This included embracing the opportunity of sabbaticals to travel and teach at other institutions. One such sabbatical took them to unique experience in Scotland for a year. He also collaborated on a unique multiyear program to conduct water studies on Sanibel Island, Florida. Additionally, he introduced a teaching methodology called guided inquiry to his classes at Norwich that freed him from the lectern to become a partner to the students as they learned.
After retiring from college education Roy poured his passion for knowledge and education into a volunteer role at his grandchildren's elementary schools. His enthusiasm for the world included an ongoing interest in art; most recently with watercolors. It wasn't enough for him to just learn and create, it was important for him to share this activity with young, budding artists at the elementary schools.
Through his many interests and activities including farming, photography, skiing, tennis, golf, woodworking, piano and Scouting Roy was always teaching, learning, exploring, creating and growing. For him, each experience was always best when shared. From his childhood and throughout his life, Roy loved the game of baseball and will always be a Yankees fan.
Survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth; son Timothy Butler, of Fairlee, Vermont, and his wife, Lynne; daughter Justine Myers, of Waterbury Center, Vermont, and her husband Jim; son Christopher Butler, of North Reading, Massachusetts, and his wife, Maryellen; grandchildren Jack, Ryleigh, Annalise, Garrett and Thessalie.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Northfield United Church. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to support Christian education may be made to United Church of Northfield, 58 S. Main St., Northfield, VT 05663.
COL Gerald G. Chikalla, Ret.
Col. Gerald G. Chikalla, Ret., U.S. Army, 76, of Barrington, NH, died June 7, 2008, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
Born June 25, 1931 in Waukesha, Wis., he was the son of Eric L. & Evelyn (Kissner) Chikalla.
In 1955, he graduated from West Point, then received his master's from Indiana University Bloomington. He was active in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1985, including four tours in Vietnam, one in Korea and two in Germany. He was a Parachute Infantry Ranger. He attended the British Imperial Defense College in 1976 and also was Commandant of Cadets at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.
Gerald was a charter member of the Rotary Club Durham-Great Bay, member of the American Legion Post #67 in Newmarket and also a member of the Scottish Rite. He was an active member of the Lee Church Congregational. He was a football assistant coach at Phillips Exeter Academy for the past 23 years.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jessie (Ely) Chikalla; two daughters, Patricia Chikalla, of Tampa, Fla., and Susan Berg, of Torrington, Conn.; two grandchildren, Audrey Berg and Eliot Berg, both of Torrington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NH American Heart Association, 2 Wall St., Manchester, NH 03101.
Alice Soule-Collins, 69, of Barre, Vt., died April 10, 2007. Alice Soule-Collins, assistant vice president for administration at Union Institute (Vermont College) in Montpelier, died April 10, 2007, at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. Born in Barre, Feb. 22, 1938, she was the daughter of Idelmo Savoia and Esther (Tomat) Savoia.
She was a member of the class of 1955 at Spaulding High School. Alice graduated from Becker College and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Goddard College. Her career spanned a variety of administrative and financial responsibilities at Goddard and Vermont Colleges and Norwich University.
From 1964 to 1969 she was an administrative assistant on the staff of Gov. Philip H. Hoff. Locally, Alice was a member and vice chair of the Barre Board of School Commissioners from 1985 to 1990. She was a member of the Central Vermont Community Action Council Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1989 and was active in the Barre Opera House renovation project. Her personal interests included pottery, weaving and politics. She was an avid reader.
Alice was the wife of the late William H. Soule and the widow of Benjamin M. Collins. Survivors include her mother of Heaton Woods; two daughters, Elizabeth Soule, CPA of Hartford, Conn., and Professor Sarah Soule, Ph.D. and her husband, David Geraghty, Ph.D. of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Sarah Gordon and Ivan Geraghty; a brother, Alfred Savoia and his wife Mari of North Platte, Neb.; an uncle, Leonard R. Tomat and his wife, Jean, of South Orleans, Mass.; an aunt, Laura Tomat of Barre; and several nieces and nephews. Alice had a wide and varied circle of family and friends who will miss her dearly.
George R. Crombie
George R. Crombie, former director of Public Works for the city of Nashua, N.H., passed away Feb. 23, 2014, in Plymouth, Mass., with his beloved wife Jackie by his side.
George was born in Methuen, Mass. He spent his early years growing up in the N.H. Seacoast Region. He married Jacqueline Gagnon Crombie in 1969, started his family, and began his career in public works in the town of Durham, N.H. George went on to serve in public works directorship positions in Burlington, Vt., Nashua, N.H., and Plymouth, Mass.
Upon graduating from Somersworth (N.H.) High School, George went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University. During his distinguished career, George was appointed by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas as the Secretary of Natural Resources, and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Gov. William Weld as the Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs. From 2009 until his death, George held an appointment as a senior faculty member at Norwich University's School of Graduate Studies in the Department of Public Administration.
In this capacity, George ended his career doing what he loved; he was educating the next generation of public administration experts to lead in the area of public service and exploring ways to ensure a clean and sustainable environment.
During his career, George was the recipient of numerous awards for his work on environmental issues. Most notable were George's recognition in 2002 as one of the top 10 public works leaders of the year in the U.S. and Canada. Also, in 2010, he was elected to serve as president of the American Public Works Association.
George wished to be remembered for his love of family, his deep regard for the environment, his commitment to education, and for his dedication to public service. He loved golfing with his wife and friends and spending time with his eight grandchildren, Maggie and Teddy Borgos, Jack and Jensen Crombie, Kate Montesano, and Jackson, William, and Samuel Strout.
George is survived by his wife Jackie; his daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Jill and Bill Borgos of Queensbury, N.Y.; his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Amanda Crombie of Crozet, Va.; his son-in-law Vincent Montesano of Chicago, Ill.; his brothers, Dean Crombie, Marc Perreault, David Faucher, Gary Faucher, and Kenny Faucher; his sister Marybeth Faucher Clark; and Mona Faucher, who with her husband Buck (predeceased), welcomed George into their home as family when his parents passed away during his youth.
He always expressed his love and gratitude to the Faucher family for this great kindness.
In addition, it was with great sorrow that George was predeceased by his daughter, Jane Marie Montesano in 2011, his sister, Susan Faucher Kennedy, and his parents, Raymond and Henrietta Crombie.
Donations in George's name can be made to either the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation, 135 Langdon St., Providence, RI 02904 or online at www.acebailey.org by clicking on the heart that reads donate.
This foundation was set up to support families and children at Tufts Medical Center. Donations can also be made to NEC-APWA PW Education Fund, "George Crombie APWA Emerging Leaders Academy Scholarship," Sent to: New England Chapter APWA, C/O NEC Education Fund, 894 Pleasant St., East Weymouth, Mass. 02189. Cartmell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. For more information, go to cartmellfuneralhome.com
Ruth Weers Davis
Ruth Weers Davis, 83, of Shelburne, formerly of Northfield, passed away on November 15, 2010. The only child of Peter J. Weers and Florence Weers Goggin, she was born on April 20, 1927 in Melrose, Mass.
She attended Vermont Junior College in Montpelier, graduating in 1948. It was there she met her husband, Ronald N. Davis, of Northfield, marrying him on Oct. 2, 1948. They lived in Northfield, raising five children while staying very active in their local community. Ruth was involved in starting the school hot lunch program and PTO, the local as well as the state Girl Scout program and served for seven years as a director of the VT Girl Scout Council.
Ruth lost her husband Ronald in May, 1969, but continued to put her children through college and run Morse's Shopping Center clothing store until 1972. Ruth served two terms on the Northfield School Board. In 1974, Ruth began working in the Vermont College alumni office, moved on to the admissions program, and eventually became an Associate Director of Admissions at Norwich University until 1992. She loved working with prospective and enrolled students and their families, lending support when needed. Ruth served on the Norwich University Board of Fellows, Alumni Association Board, and the Partridge Society.
In 1982, Ruth was the first woman appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Northfield Savings Bank, serving as a trustee for 15 years where she helped develop the Northfield Trust Group. After retirement, Ruth was a volunteer at the Fletcher Allen Hospital for many years. Ruth enjoyed sailing with her husband Ron, and she took pleasure in traveling. She took part in the Womanship Sailing program in the Caribbean and Greece, the Elderhostel program in numerous states, the Passport Club in Greece and Nova Scotia, and trips with or to visit her children. She also loved tennis and golf and was a member of a local bridge club. Summers were spent on Lake Champlain in South Hero and Ruth especially looked forward to family gatherings with her children and grandchildren.
Ruth leaves five children and their families, Vernon Davis, his wife Kitty, of New Bern, N.C. and his children Hilary, Lindsey and Stephen of Barre; Marie Davis Chilson, her husband Bob and their son Douglas of Northfield; Nancy Davis DiMasi, her husband Lou and their children Lou III, Andy, Molly, Ronny and Maggie of Burlington; Andrew Davis and his wife Janine of Mercersburg, Pa.; and Thomas Davis, his son Scott of Williamsburg, Va. and his daughter Allison of Annapolis, Md.
The family requests no flowers. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Make a Wish Program of Vermont, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Dr. Robert Detwyler
Dr. Robert Detwyler, of Leesburg, Florida, passed away Friday February 29, 2008. He was born in Middletown New York on April 16, 1929 to Carl H. and Lissa Eldred Detwyler.
He attended schools in Middletown, Port Jarvis, and Campbell Hall and graduated from Montgomery High School in Montgomery, NY. He attended the State University of New York at New Paltz and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Elementary Education. He taught science in two school systems in New York before entering the University of New Hampshire in 1957. He received his Masters Degree in 1957 and his PhD in Zoology in 1963.
He taught Biology at Nasson College, in Springvale, Maine from 1963-1965. Robert joined the faculty of Norwich University in 1965 and during his tenure there he served as Chairman of the Biology Department and was later awarded the Charles A. Dana Chair of Biology. He loved teaching and even managed to teach a course that allowed him to take his class to the Bermuda Biological Station for a two week hands on study.
He was also active in community affairs and served as President of the Northfield High School Boosters Club and he was one of the first to serve as president of NAHA, the youth hockey association.
He retired in 1992 as a Professor Emeritus and remained in Northfield enjoying different activities at the university. He moved to Maine in 2003 and to Florida in 2007.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Pat, and two children; his daughter Patricia Pore NU ’76 and her husband John of Tavares, Florida; his son Robert NU ’77 and his wife Linda of St. Petersburg, Florida; three granddaughters; Cara Knapp NU ’01 and her husband Shawn of Knoxville, Tennessee; Marcy Dochtermann of Knoxville, Tennessee; and Serena Detwyler of St. Petersburg, Florida. Also Gary Dochtermann, NU 77, of Ossipee, New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont 05663.
Nellie G. Drown
NORTHFIELD - Nellie G. Drown, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the Four Seasons Care Home in Northfield.
She was born in Randolph on Oct. 30, 1956, the daughter of Keith and Bernice Drown. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1973. She had worked for Cabot Hosiery, Norwich University, the Red Kettle Restaurant as a cook for almost 20 years, and Mayo Healthcare, all in Northfield, and had waitressed for the Green Mountain Diner. She enjoyed fishing, joke telling, puzzles, card games and cooking.
Survivors include her mother, of Northfield; two daughters, Jessie Drown, of Roxbury, and Lisa Drown, of East Montpelier; five siblings, Reginald Drown, Frank Drown and Fred Drown, all of Northfield, Roger Drown, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Ashton Drown, of Graniteville; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of her life is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Four Seasons Care Home Activity Fund, 135 S. Main St., Northfield, VT 05663. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is assisting with the arrangements.
Linda Lee Ellis
Linda Lee Ellis, 69, peacefully passed from this life on April 25, 2013, at Forestview Manor Care Facility in Meredith, N.H., with her sisters at her side. She was a former resident of Frederick, Md., and Northfield, Vt.
Born in Riverale, Md., on Feb. 10, 1944, she was the eldest daughter of Joseph A. Ellis and Lena Hamilton Ellis. Linda grew up in University Park, Md., and graduated high school from Stuart Hall in Staunton, Va. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1966. She worked as a staff nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md., prior to getting her Masters degree in nursing from the University of Maryland in 1972.
Linda’s greatest adventure was as Head Nurse in Pediatrics on two voyages on the SS HOPE medical ship to Brazil in 1972 and 1973. This experience fostered both her dedication to nursing education and her love of travel. In the ensuing years, Linda taught nursing at Mohegan Community College in Norwich, Conn., and at Norwich University. Her twenty-two year career at Norwich saw her progress from associate professor to head of the Division of Nursing, BSN Program Director. During this time she achieved a Doctor of Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She was dedicated to her students and to the profession of nursing. She retired from Norwich University in 2002.
Linda’s love of travel took her to South America, Africa, Europe, Russia, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii. She also enjoyed collecting dolls, entertaining friends, needlepoint, and helping with Norwich Theater productions. She loved spending time at the beach with relatives at Ocean City, Md.
In 2006, Linda was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, an early form of memory impairment that transformed her life and caused her to spend her remaining years in memory care facilities. Throughout this difficult journey, Linda maintained her gentle spirit and smile.
Linda is survived by her two younger sisters, Terry Ellis Burgee of Randolph, Vt., and JoAnn Ellis of Meredith, N.H.; her nieces, Brooke Burgee of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bethany Burgee of Portland, Ore.; and nephew, Tyler Burgee, of Randolph, Vt.
There will be no public services. Those who wish to honor Linda may send a donation to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org, Project HOPE at www.projecthope.org, or Community Health and Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH.
Arrangements are being made through Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vt. Online condolences may be left at dayfunerals.com.
The Norwich Record is planning a memorial tribute to Linda Lee Ellis to be published in the fall 2013 issue. Please send your memories of Linda to email@example.com and we will include as many as we have room for. Thank you in advance.
Barbara M. Fagan
Barbara M. (Doran) Fagan, 85 of Norwell formerly of Braintree and Florida, passed away May 10, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.
Beloved wife of the late Charles E. Fagan. Loving mother of Kathleen Fagan of Holbrook, Linda Fagan of Florida, Marie Busch and her husband Ron of Brockton, Charlene Rollins and her husband Philip of Whitman, Michael and his wife Elaine of Marshfield, Teresa Spellman and her husband Tom of Hull, Charles Jr. and his partner Ari Wiseman of New York, James and his wife Cynthia of Lynnfield and Jannine Roberts and her husband Troy of Pepperell. Sister of Joseph Doran of Florida and Harwich, Joan Rosenthall of Florida, Annette Parece of Sandwich and the late Leona Correlle and Marilyn Hogan. Dear grandmother of David, Stephanie, Will, Toby, Tim, Michelle, Stephanie, Shawn, Nicole, Katherine, Elizabeth, Jessica, Jimmy, Caroline, Anthony, Justin, Samantha and the late Michael Rollins. Great-grandmother of Georgia, Madeline, Bella, Lilly, Liam, Haylee, Mattie, Ava, and Shane.
Born and raised in Medford she had lived in Braintree for 25 years, her passion in life was her family. She loved to do rug braiding, bowling, and shopping. She had worked as a bus driver for the Town of Braintree School Department and the Port Charlotte Florida School Department for many years.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday May 13 at 9am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 850 Washington St. Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit the McMaster Funeral Home 86 Franklin St. (Rt.37) Braintree Tuesday from 5-8 PM. Interment MA National Cemetery Bourne.
Due to the restriction of flowers at the MA National Cemetery the family sincerely requests that in lieu of flowers donations in Barbara’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA 480 Pleasant St. Watertown MA, 02472.
Barbara L. Greemore
Barbara L. Greemore, 80, of Englewood, Fla., died on July 13, 2005. From the mid 60s until her retirement in 1988 she was a librarian for Norwich University in Northfield. At the time of her retirement she was the library supervisor at the Vermont College campus library of Norwich University. She is survived by her husband, Gerry; two sons, Robert and David; a brother, Sidney H. Law; a sister, Mary Goding; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Loring Edward Hart
Loring Edward Hart passed away on October 19, 2012, at the age of 88 in Falmouth, Maine, after a full and eventful life. He was born in Bath, Maine, on September 22, 1924, to Joseph Edward and Elizabeth Hayes Hart.
Affectionately known as the King of North Road, he spent 27 years with his wife, Marilyn, in North Yarmouth, living a grand Maine life. Earlier in his life, Dr. Hart served in WWII with the 4th Armored Division in Patton's army. Upon his return in 1946, he graduated from Bowdoin College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, earned a master's degree in English from the University of Miami, and received a PhD in American Literature from Harvard University in 1961.
Dr. Hart moved to Vermont in 1957, where he spent 25 years at Norwich University, eventually serving as president for 10 years. A scholarship fund was established at Norwich in 2003 in honor of Dr. Hart’s service to the institution. He next worked for the Bowdoin College Development Office, then served as president of St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine, for 8 years. As an educator and college administrator, Dr. Hart mentored thousands of New England students. He was also a committed collector of books, primitive antiques, and collectibles.
Dr. Hart is survived by his wife, Marilyn Cummings Hart, of Bath, Maine; two children: Ellen Louise Hart and Matthew Cummings Hart; and three grandchildren: Frederick, Zola, and Spenser.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High Street, Bath, ME.
Donations in Dr. Hart's memory may be made to the Phippsburg Land Trust, PO Box 123, Phippsburg, ME 04562.
Colonel Milton Leland (Lee) Haskin
Colonel Milton Leland (Lee) Haskin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the age of 87. Lee was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Haskin. His early days were spent in Madison, WI, and after attending the University of Wisconsin for one year, he entered the US Army in April 1943. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY in 1944 and graduated with a B.S. degree and commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery. He was assigned to a Field Artillery battalion from 1948 to 1951 in Europe, followed by an assignment as commanding officer of a GH Battery at Camp McCoy, WI. He then served for eighteen months in Korea as an operations officer of an FA battalion.
After completion of the Guided Missile Staff Officer School, he was assigned to the staff and faculty of the USA Air Defense and Missile School at Fort Bliss, TX. From 1957 to 1961, Lee was a professor of mathematics at West Point. He was assigned to the J-5 division at the North American Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, CO, and from 1965 to 1967 he was commanding officer of the 4th Battalion, 41st Artillery.
Upon his return from Europe, he was assigned to the Nuclear Weapons Branch of the Strategic Operations Division in Washington, DC. In August 1970 he became a professor of military science at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.
Colonel Haskins’ citations and awards included the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, as well as a number of other service decorations. He retired from the Army in 1975 at White Sands Missile Range where he was the last military commander of the TRADOC Systems Analysis Activity. He taught mathematics at the St. Clement’s Episcopal Parish School in El Paso for a number of years where he and his wife, Pat, resided since 1976.
He is survived by his wife of more than 63 years, Patricia (Pat); daughter, Kathryn, and son-in-law, Kenneth Erickson, of Folsom, CA; son, Thomas of Scottsdale, AZ; and grandchildren, Andrew Erickson of Fullerton, CA, Heather (Erickson) Ortiz of San Luis Obispo, CA, Karolyn (Haskin) Dicken, of San Diego, CA, and Rebecca Haskin of San Francisco, CA; sister, Marylin Windes of Mission Viejo, CA; niece, Colby Windes; nephew, Craig Windes; and great grandchildren, Bryce Erickson and Xavier Ortiz.
Lee served on the Board of Directors of the West Point Society of El Paso; the Board of Members of the Santa Teresa Country Club; the Board of Directors of the El Paso Council for International Visitors; as the secretary of the West Side YMCA; as a member of the International Committee of the Greater El Paso YMCA; and was president of the Greater El Paso Tennis Association. He served on several committees at the University of Texas at El Paso and was the treasurer of the El Paso County Historical Society for several years. As a member and chairman of the Council for the Area Agency on Aging, he provided leadership and insight into the activities and lives of seniors in the El Paso area.
Services were held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at University Presbyterian Church in El Paso, Texas.
Lee will be missed by all of the people that he inspired with his great zest for life, his honesty, his integrity and the great achievements that he left as his legacy. An awesome Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and wonderful friend for everyone who has been touched by his spirit and love.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks you to please make a contribution to the charity of your choice to help those that need it the most.
Jeffrey Bain Hatch
Jeffrey Bain Hatch, beloved husband of Hilary Hatch, died peacefully Saturday, March 13th, 2010, at 1:10 a.m. in his home, with loving family and friends at his side. Diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma less than a year ago, he fought his foe valiantly with the help of Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston and the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional. As his wife, I need to share his amazing life with you.
When Jeff quit high school in Boston and joined the Navy at age 17, he was following in the footsteps of generations of seagoing forebears. The Navy provided him with a sort of disciplined freedom to explore the world and choose avenues of education (an attempt at Guided Missile School, which didn't pan out, thus likely leaving the world a safer place) and then training as a dental technician, which led to his achieving the rank of chief petty officer, one of the greatest satisfactions of his life. Although his father died many years before Jeff's retirement from the Navy, every educational triumph in his life would cause Jeff to remark that his father would have been so proud – and surprised.
He had served aboard the USS Hazelwood, a destroyer, and the USS Essex, an aircraft carrier. His duty stations included Vietnam where he served as a corpsman. He retired in 1979 after 21 years service. Among his numerous military decorations are the Navy Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
I met Jeff after his retirement from the Navy in 1979. He had been living in Vermont where his mother, an LPN, was in charge of the Shard Villa retirement residence in Salisbury. Jeff purchased a large brick (circa 1840) Federal-style home in the green valleys of Benson, which was a testimony to his optimism and belief that he could learn anything he needed to make it habitable once again. When I met him, half of the house (which we named The Albatross in reference to the mortgage attached) was a place you could call home, even though he cooked on a Coleman stove and Mother Nature was the refrigerator. We spent the next 20 years doing justice to what ended up being a place of joy and warmth and a tribute to his enduring can-do attitude. During this time, he was laid off from his job as a carpenter, and struggled with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of his service in Vietnam as a corpsman with the Marines, which included the nightmare of the Tet offensive.
The Job Service recommended he contact the Veterans Administration to see what benefits they might have to offer him. If you have ever despaired of the misuse of your federal tax dollars, you need to know that it is those dollars that funded the Vietnam Veterans Retraining Act, the legislation that gave Jeff back the rest of his life. It paid for the college education about which he had always dreamed, provided counseling and opened a whole, new world of friendships and opportunities at Castleton State College.
He was so many people – a son, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather. He had so many careers – a sailor in the United States Navy for 21 years, a carpenter (with a sideline as justice of the peace in Benson, Vt.), a college student at Castleton State College where he earned a bachelor's degree in business at the age of 48, followed by a master's degree in education. As alumni director, then development director, with Castleton, Jeff achieved the college's first million-dollar drive. He ended his work career as a major gifts officer at Norwich University. After retirement, he was a volunteer reading mentor with "Everbody Wins" at Mary Hogan School and a pair of helping hands in the emergency department at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, Vt.
Eventually, Jeff and I downsized to a home in Leicester, Vt. We spent so much of our time here together enjoying the company of all the birds and wildlife (with the exception of the mosquitoes) that are attracted to the pond and forest behind the house. Some of our nicest moments were passed during the warmer months sitting on our front porch at 5:00 every evening nursing a beverage, watching the world go by and discussing the meaning of life or the last episode of NCIS. One of his early military evaluations described him as a man with "a ready wit," but that description barely scratched the surface of the good humor he brought to the world.
More than anything, he was at heart a sailor, avid learner and the man I loved and who taught me and many others more about life and laughter than we knew there was to learn. Over the last couple of weeks of his life, he spent much time in a half-sleep and it was made clear through his verbalizations and frequent soft chuckling that he was once again young and in the warm company of shipmates. One of the last things he said was, "I see passwords in the sky – that's going to make it easier for me."
Jeff is survived by his three children and their spouses, Brian Chadwick and his wife Charlene of Nantucket, Mass., Terry Robinson and her husband of Suffolk, Va., and Susan Massed and her husband Al of Bridport. In addition, he was a wonderful stepfather and father-in-law to my two sons and their wives, Alexander Trigaux and his wife Caroline of Westfield, N.J., and Jonathan Trigaux and his wife Amanda Waite of Burlington, Vt. He held and widely exercised bragging rights on his nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. During his life, he was a loving and responsible pet owner of many cats and two remarkable canines, Alex and Shadow.
Jeff's next typically over-optimistic goal in life was to be a philanthropist. In that spirit, in lieu of flowers, we would welcome contributions in his memory to Kurn Hattin Homes, 708 Kurn Hattin Road, Westminster, VT 05158; Castleton State College, Alumni Office, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735; Vermont Symphony Orchestra, 2 Church St., Suite 3B, Burlington, VT 05401.
A memorial service "In Celebration of His Life" will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brandon Inn in Brandon, Vt. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
The graveside committal service and burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
I cannot thank enough the members of Jeff's Fan Club and our beloved family for their amazing support. I would also like to express deep gratitude to Tina Rocheleau and Dick Dutton for keeping our house and home clean and cared for when we had other things to worry about. Jeff and I leave you all with the words he would so often say to the ones he loved: "Be good to yourself."
Rodney G. Jones
Rodney G. Jones died peacefully on October 19, 2009 at the Royal Palm Convalescent Home in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 93 years old, and lived a long and varied life of military service, teaching, and community volunteerism.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he lost his mother at the age of seven, which resulted in his being sent to work on the family farm in Pennington, New Jersey. He became a day student at the Pennington School, graduating in 1934, followed by four years at the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1938.
He was first employed by his father’s company, Harry G. Jones & Co., a prominent casualty and surety broker in lower Manhattan. He began night school for an MBA at New York University, which he completed in 1946. Following a long college courtship, on June 30, 1941 he and Constance Stratton Crabtree of Newton Centre, Mass were married in the Little Church Around The Corner in New York City, embarking on a 68 year marriage, and ending with her death earlier the same year.
In 1940, with the threat of world war looming ever larger, Rodney was commissioned as an Ensign in the Supply Corps, US Navy Reserve, where he spent the next twenty-three years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Prior to the official start of U.S. hostilities he served in the North Atlantic Convoy Program. In the course of the war, he participated in campaigns in the South Pacific including attacks on the Gilbert and Marshall Islands (including actions at Makin Island, Tarawa, Kwajalein and later Papua, New Guinea), and in the Mediterranean at the Bay of Naples. Of particular historical note was his witness on the USS Baltimore to the famous Hawaii Conference of 1944, a major strategy meeting of President Roosevelt, General MacArthur, along with Admirals King, Nimitz, and Leahy, which charted the balance of the war in the Pacific.
Navy life means regular relocation. Now with three children, the family lived in Boston (U.S. Naval Receiving Station), New York (Brooklyn Navy Yard), Pearl Harbor (U.S. Naval Receiving Station), Clearfield, Utah (U.S. Naval Supply Depot) and Davisville, Rhode Island (U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center).
Following his Navy retirement he became an instructor of accounting and finance at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.
Rodney loved the military atmosphere at N.U. and was popular with cadets during his ten years at the school, concluding in 1974. He had said that he was attracted to the position by Gen. Earnest Harmon, the University’s president and well known World War II combat commander. As with Rodney, General Harmon was an orphan who grew up on a farm, both could be a little griff, and neither one of them was afraid to fight with anybody! They remained friends until Harmon’s death in 1979.
After Norwich he was elected to the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Northfield. Connie, during much of the family’s fifteen year span in Northfield was the town’s Librarian.
The family moved from Vermont to the warmer climate of southern Maine, a state where Connie’s family dates to the mid 1700’s. There he was active as a 50-year Mason and Shriner, as well as in the Rotary Clubs of Ogunquit, Wells, and Kennebunk.
A standout example of the “Greatest Generation”, Rodney’s journey through being orphaned, endless toil on the farm, scarcity and depravity in the Great Depression, and the global catastrophe of World War II fueled a fierce conviction for the value and primacy of family life, a deep and abiding patriotic strength, together with a devotion to community service. As he would say in later life, “I am able to walk among my fellow citizens with my head held high”.
Rodney was a talker. To his children he would repeat time and again, “You can have anything you want as long as you’re able to pay for it”, a Calvinist ode to hard work, debt free living, and deferred consumption. The motto around the house was, “A place for everything and everything in its place”. When it came time for chores, “Many hands make light work”, announced a forced march 100% of participation.
His students will remember, “Debits by the windows, credits by the door”. When the solution to a problem was reached, he declared, “Just like shooting fish in a rain barrel”.
He leaves three children, Barbara Jones of Lexington, Massachusetts; Stephen Jones of San Francisco and Carole Jones Victory of Vera Beach, Florida; four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Kenneth Martin Kidd
Kenneth Martin Kidd passed away peacefully 22 May 2008, five days before his ninety-second birthday. Born 27 May, 1916, in Burlington, to Isabelle (Martin) Kidd and William E. Kidd, he grew up in Northfield, attending Northfield schools. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1938, with a BS in civil engineering. Accepted into MIT's program in architecture, he opted instead to continue his study of civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduating in 1941 with a Master's degree in civil engineering. He was a member of Chi Epsilon honorary civil engineering fraternity and Sigma Xi honorary scientific fraternity.
Kenneth went on active duty December 1941, as an officer in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corp and was stationed in Washington D.C. A week before Pearl Harbor, he met his future wife Doris Ward at a Washington figure skating club. They married in 1943, and daughter Katherine was born a year later. In 1946, they returned to Kenneth's family home in Northfield, where he began his 35 year teaching career in civil engineering at Norwich University. Licensed as a Vermont surveyor and professional engineer, Kenneth was at one-time president of the Vermont section of the American Society of American Engineers.
One of Kenneth's hobbies was woodworking – making furniture, a 14-foot sailboat that was kept in Mallets Bay, and even a family-room floor from wide, old barn boards that he salvaged from an abandoned barn. Ken loved camping and visiting historical sites across the country – subjecting his family to endless arrays of arrow heads and other local artifacts. His love of American history was most rooted, however, in central Vermont for his mother's family home in South Royalton to Northfield to his boyhood summer home near the golf course in East Montpelier. It comes as no surprise that he served as president of the Northfield Historical Society and was on its board of managers.
Kenneth's love of the land was even deeper than his love of local histories. As a surveyor, he read ancient maps, followed old slate fences to the ancient oak tree, walked six feet beyond, and made meticulous diagrams of the property. He loved his evening rides on old country roads and his daytime motorbike rides on hilltop trails. A member of the Green Mountain Club since 1937, he was an avid hiker, becoming an end-to-ender on its 265-mile Long Trail. He was a skier, too, before the days of chairlifts, with his long wooden skis with seal-skin wraps for climbing hills. If it wasn't downhill, it was cross country and snowshoeing. Or taking his motorboat up the rivers and about the lakes. During his last year, as he lived at Westview Meadows in Montpelier, he would stop each day at the window and look lovingly at Camel's Hump. Yes, he was a Vermonter, a believer in town halls and supporter of public institutions. Like his mother, he was always a teacher. His students suffered his demanding standards but would come back to him years later to thank him for educating them so well. During retirement, Kenneth delivered Meals on Wheels for the Northfield Senior Center. A man of few words, he nonetheless marked his world with deep integrity and care.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Doris of Westview Meadows and his daughter Katherine Young Warn, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, and son-in-law Dr. Thomas Warn. Two brothers Allan and William predeceased Kenneth.
Gretchen T. Kingman
Gretchen Taylor Kingman, died Friday, May 8th 2015.
She was born February 6, 1932 in Brockton, MA, the daughter of Howard L. and Helen L. Taylor. She graduated from Brockton High School and Connecticut College, class of 1954. She was the wife of her high school and college sweetheart Philip D. Kingman for 50 years who predeceased her in 2004.
Gretchen was active in her community. She was a founding member of the Marshfield Flower Club. She belonged to AAUW in every community she lived in. She belonged to several book clubs, was on the Board of the Pond Meadows Association, volunteered in Foxborough schools, and assisted seniors in learning money management skills. She assisted several civic groups in the donation of their archives to a local college. She was a granddaughter of a founding member of the Brockton Friday Fortnightly Club. At various times she was employed performing title searches and working at a local bank. She also was employed assisting Cambodian refugees find work, but mostly she enjoyed being a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was renowned for her knitting prowess and for a time, knitted samples for Bernat Yarn for store placements.
She is survived by five children: Sarah Matthews (Philip) of Frederick, MD, Donald (Susan) of Concord, MA, William (Therese) of Destrehan, LA, Douglas (fiancé Maryann) of Denver, CO and Paul (Jennifer) of New Bern, NC; four grandchildren: Jessica, Haley, Logan and Taylor; nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:30 at Bethany Congregational Church, 3 Rockhill St., Foxboro, MA 02035.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Taylor Home, 425 Union Ave, Laconia, NH 03246.
Colonel Paul D. LaFond, USMC, (Ret.)
Colonel Paul D. LaFond USMC, (Ret.), 89, a decorated World War II hero, career Marine Corps officer and avid outdoorsman died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 in Falmouth, ME. He was born in Skowheganon on July 28, 1921, the son of Damase LaFond and Georgianna LaBonte. Paul graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1939 and attended Bowdoin College from 1939 until 1942, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He later graduated in 1962 with a B.A. (with academic distinction) from the University of Maryland.
Col. LaFond served his country with honor and distinction in three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His career in the Marine Corps spanned 29 years. Following the Battle of Okinawa he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. The award citation recounted his heroism: "When the other platoon leaders of his company became casualties . . . Second Lieutenant LaFond immediately assumed command of these platoons in addition to his own and, reorganizing the company in the face of fanatical Japanese resistance, continued the assault and seized the objective. During the next 48 hours he stationed himself on the most fiercely contested points of the line and by his splendid example of leadership inspired his men to repel every attempted counterattack."
From 1968 to 1969, Col. LaFond commanded the Third Marine Division in Vietnam and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service there. In addition, Col. LaFond also was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and three Vietnamese combat decorations.
Col. LaFond was a gifted leader, highly regarded by the men under his command, and devoted to them in return. General Charles Krulak, Commandant of the Marine Corps, best summed up Col. LaFond's career: "He was the epitome of a Marine leader, caring, compassionate, yet tough when he needed to be tough."
Col. LaFond retired from the Marine Corps in 1970, and shortly thereafter joined the staff of fellow Marine and United States Congressman Paul N. McCloskey, Jr. of California to help run the D.C office and advise on war policy. In the spring of 1971, he joined McCloskey on a mission to Laos to investigate civilian relocations resulting from the invasion of that country by South Vietnam. The mission was featured in Life Magazine and was sharply critical of US war policy.
In 1972, Paul attempted retirement again and moved to a farm in Vermont hoping to catch up on some overdue fly fishing. In 1974 he was recruited to become Commandant of Cadets and Dean of students at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. He served at the University until 1979.
While at Bowdoin, Paul was nicknamed 'Trapper' by his fraternity brothers. Whenever he went missing they would know he was on some trout stream in the back woods of Maine. He began fly fishing as a young boy with his lifelong friend John Merrill of Skowhegan and his passion for the outdoors remained with him until his death. His enthusiasm for outdoor adventures was infectious. His grandchildren will never forget Grandpa's snowboarding debut at age 74, the wild rides along the Kennebec River on his snow machine, his self-rescue after breaking through the ice on the Kennebec while on cross country skis to retrieve his Lab, Mathilda, at age 84, and the treasure trove of stories about his escapades with friends and his three sons. With his family, he explored from Maine to the Sierra Nevada, hiking, camping and fishing, always with the family dog, Jacques, by his side.
Paul is survived by his three sons, Geoffrey and wife Anne, and their children Sarah and Hunter of Falmouth; Peter and wife Michelle and their children Elyse, Emily and Michael of Falmouth; and Mark and wife Vickie and their children Bennett and Grace of Ballston Spa, NY. In 1948 Col. LaFond was married to Katherine Boardman. In 1972 he married Diane Glover.
A memorial service will be held at the Island Avenue Federated Church in Skowhegan on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. 04976 Telephone: 207-474-3357.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 S. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, VA 22314, mcsfs.org.
Robert V. Lewis
Robert Victor Lewis, 65, of Northfield, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, while surrounded and supported by his loving family.
Mr. Lewis was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and he received his MBA from the University of Nebraska. A business consultant for more than 30 years, he began his career with Bank of America and later worked for the international consulting firm of IMC in New York City and London. In 2004, Mr. Lewis moved to Northfield to reunite with his high school sweetheart, Anne, whom he married in 2007. He never ceased to appreciate Vermont where he cherished the natural beauty of his new home. He greatly enjoyed teaching business management and economics at Norwich University, where he was much loved by his students.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Anne Lewis, of Northfield; son Greg Lewis, of Northampton, Mass.; and daughter Genna Lewis, of Westbrook, Conn. A memorial service will be held at the White Chapel at Norwich University on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception at Milano Ballroom
Lt. Col Clifford E. Lippincott, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Col. Clifford E. Lippincott, USA (Ret.)
28 March 1917 – 11 December 2010
Clifford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his youth in Western Massachusetts, especially in Lee, having attended grammar school and high school there. He received his BSc in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in June 1939, where he had been a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Upon graduation, enlisted in the United States Army RA as a Thomason Act comissionee.
In January 1944, Clifford married Maureen O’Brien, the elder daughter of Judge Daniel D. O’Brien, of Northampton, days before he set sail to serve in the European theater of the Second World War. During the War, he was involved in campaigns in North Africa and Italy, being part of the intelligence operation that led the push up through the Italian peninsula. After the war, he was posted to Germany and then served with the Eighth Army in Korea and in the First RB&L Group in Japan from 1952 and 1954. Subsequent postings included to Ft Leavenworth (Kansas), Fort Shafter (Hawaii) and Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He retired from the Army in 1967 and took up the post of Registrar at Norwich University, which he held until his retirement in June 1983. The family lived in Northfield and in Montpelier from 1962-1986.
Clifford and Maureen settled in Pelham, Massachusetts, in 1986. Clifford became an active member of the Pelham Conservation Commission, serving as both Treasurer and Vice Chair. He had particular interest in securing the safety of the local wetlands, having helped to write the local bylaws and regulations. For his outstanding service, he was named as a Member Emeritus of the Commission.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Maureen, his two children, John and Kristen and two grandchildren, Caitlin and Seth.
There will be no formal funeral service, and the family wishes no flowers or donations.
Maureen V. Lippincott
Maureen V. (née O’Brien) Lippincott died peacefully in her sleep on 11 January 2014. She was 93 years old.
Maureen was the second child of the late Superior Court Justice and Mrs Daniel D. O’Brien of Northampton MA. She graduated from Northampton School for Girls in 1938 and Smith College in 1942.
Maureen married Clifford E. Lippincott of Lee MA on 27 January 1944 at Camp Lockhart CA, immediately prior to his deployment on war duty in Europe. She accompanied him on several of his military postings around the world, including Japan and Hawaii. The family lived in Northfield VT from 1963 until 1984, during which time both Maureen and Cliff were employed at Norwich University.
Maureen was the first woman graduate student to enroll at Norwich University, and was awarded a Master of Arts Teaching Degree in 1971. She began teaching English at Norwich part-time, during the period in which Norwich was merging with Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont. In 1975, she was appointed as the first woman Dean of Students at the University, and in 1977, was promoted to Executive Assistant to the President.
In 1980, she accepted the position of Vice President of Vermont College and oversaw the transfer of four non-traditions programs from Goddard College to the Vermont College campus, forming the basis of the Division of Alternative Education and Graduate Studies. This development allowed the students to matriculate smoothly between the core two-year program and four-year and graduate studies.
Following the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Vermont College and receipt of the distinguished Board of Fellows Medallion Award, Maureen retired in June 1984. She and Cliff spent a year living in Rome, and then settled in Pelham MA
In addition to her academic career, Maureen was a talented painter. Her work has been displayed in group and one-woman shows throughout the country. She founded the annual exhibit of Vermont Artists at Norwich in 1963. She was also a practiced poet and essayist, and attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury VT on several occasions. Their retirement years included numerous visits abroad, including a six-month stay in Rome and trips to England, Ireland, Scotland and France.
She is survived by her sister, Aileen O’Donnell of Amherst, MA; two children, John Lippincott of Bellows Falls VT and Kristen Lippincott, who lives with her husband Gordon S. Barrass CMG, in London, England; and two grandchildren, Caitlin K. (Lippincott) Darfler, of Trumansburg NY, and Seth K. Lippincott of Sommerville MA.
Edwin L. (Ted) Marsden
Edwin L. (Ted) Marsden, 71, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2010.
Ted Marsden passed away on June 7, 2010. He was born on January 22, 1939 in Spencer, Massachusetts, the oldest child of Edwin L. and Dorothea Marsden. He discovered his love for mathematics in high school and at the University of Massachusetts, from which he received all three of his degrees, including a PhD in 1968. He taught at Western New England College, Kansas State University, and Hollins University, before coming to Norwich in 1973, making him Norwich University's longest serving faculty member. He chaired the Mathematics Department from 1992 to 2000, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues. He was a highly-regarded teacher and mentor to thousands of Norwich students.
Ted was a longtime member of the Vermont Math Coalition, and since 1999 served as a faculty consultant to the Vermont Mathematics Initiative. In that role, he helped create a new statewide math curriculum, testing its viability by teaching the curriculum in local elementary school classrooms, and later trained classroom teachers in the application of the curriculum. Ted appreciated and enjoyed teaching elementary school students in addition to college students, and he succeeded in building enthusiasm for mathematics in both groups. His tireless work on behalf of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative was a testament to his commitment to Vermont’s school children and their teachers. He is credited with having a hand in many of the mathematics tools used in Vermont’s schools today.
Beyond his professional life, Ted was a founding member of the Green Mountain Volunteers contra dance group and traveled with the group extensively as well as dancing as a regular at several longtime dance programs. He loved and appreciated the New England dance traditions, and taught at Burlington’s English County Dance. He was a member of the Montpelier Grange and supported the social and dance traditions they worked to maintain.
Ted is survived by his longtime partner, Phyllis Isley; his brother, Peter; sister-in-law Cheryl; his brother, Harry; niece and nephew Valerie and Bill Fitzhugh; niece and nephew Joanna and Scott Solfrian; nephew and niece Adam and Jennifer Marsden; and nephew Peter Marsden.
Van N. Martin
Van Norman Martin, 62, died at home on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Northfield, Vermont after living for a year with salivary gland cancer.
He was born in Nashville, TN on June 23, 1952 to J.T. and Dorothy Martin.
Van lived in Europe and the United States while serving a long career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He completed his Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at Norwich University.
He and his wife, Catherine, were married in 1973 and spent 42 years enjoying each other’s company. Since retiring in 2004, they have lived in Northfield, Vermont. Together, they loved visiting their family in France and Texas, enjoying their home, playing with their grandchildren, and caring for their dogs.
Survivors include his wife and best friend, Catherine; their children Yann (Theresa), Neil (Nancey), and Jennifer (Whitney); seven grandchildren Chloë, Aidan, Mia, Isaac, Cami, Graham, and Margot; and his dog, Nella; all of whom who will miss him very much.
His family will remember his optimism, his wry sense of humor, his adventures in pie baking, his ability to craft solutions to problems both big and small, and his enthusiasm for an extended debate over a good dinner.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Van’s name to the American Cancer Society.
His family will celebrate his life at their Vermont home in a private memorial.
Parlan McGivern, 81, of New Port Richey, Fla., passed away on November 27, 2012.
Parlan, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, a career serviceman at heart, enjoyed many different vocations that stemmed from his military education. Parlan had degrees in political science and electrical engineering. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, a member of the Signal Corps, and served twice in Vietnam as a leader in communications behind the lines.
Parlan worked in sales in electronic communication, and was the author of his own textbook in electrical engineering. He later found pleasure in selling long term health insurance and reverse mortgages. Parlan’s true joy was his family and friends and was universally known as a sincere, giving, fun-loving man. His warm presence will be missed by all.
He is survived by his son, Kevin McGivern, daughter-in-law, Holly McGivern, daughter, Lisa Campbell, son-in-law, Chris Campbell, grandchildren, Maxwell, Amber, Devin and Sean. He is also survived by his sisters, Karen Green and Fran Hoover and brother, Wayne McGivern. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Margaret.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of LTC Parlan L. McGivern to Wounded Warriors Project.
Richard Mason McNeer
Richard Mason McNeer, Jr., 85, died peacefully at home, on Sunday, March 2, 2008.
He was born in Williamson, W.Va., on Jan. 16, 1923, the eldest son of Richard Mason McNeer and Bertie Sparks McNeer. He attended local schools in Williamson, studied at Berea College in Kentucky, from which he went into the Air Force, as a cadet in 1943. He trained at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Chicago in meteorology. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1944, and then he served in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, on Tarawa and Kwajalein, until September, 1946.
Returning to the University of Chicago to take a doctorate degree in organic chemistry, he was married to Lenore Lee Whitman, also a student at the university.
Coming to Norwich University in 1951, Dr. McNeer taught until 1975 at which time he became the chief chemist at Aquatec, Inc. in Burlington. He worked in this and other environmental services firms in the Burlington area until his retirement in 1996.
He was a resident of Montpelier for 52 years and a morning "regular" at the Wayside Restaurant for nearly as long.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lenore, and his brother, James McNeer of Tulsa, Okla. He is survived by his brother, Charles McNeer, of Milwaukee, Wis.; his sons, Richard McNeer, III of Cambridge, Mass. and Craig McNeer, of New York, N.Y., as well as nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Patricia A. (Miville) Mitchell
Patricia A. (Miville) Mitchell, 75, of Montpelier, VT, died unexpectedly May 18, 2009, at Central Vermont Hospital.
She was born May 28, 1933 in Montreal, PQ, Canada where she attended grade school and high school. Pat graduated from Bishop DeGosbriand Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked at Krebs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans, Vt.
Patricia was married on December 28, 1955, to Buell B. Mitchell, Jr., in Mt. Royal, Canada. They had one child, Terry, who was born in 1956. After living in Montreal, they returned to Vermont. Pat worked at the Norwich Infirmary from 1970-1980 and at Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury.
Pat volunteered for the T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, Ladies First, CVH Resource Center, and City of Montpelier Finance Department. She loved to take yearly trips to Ireland to research family history. She was member of Senior Center, avid reader and attended Norwich rugby and Vermont Mountaineers games.
Pat was predeceased by her husband, Buell, on October 31, 1991, and son Terrence (Terry) Christopher Mitchell in 2003. She is survived by a granddaughter, Sarah Cook Mitchell, and daughter-in-law, Patti Cook.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030, or to Project Independence, 420 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641. Gifts can also be made to the Norwich Rugby Club in memory of Pat, at 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. Please make sure to note on the check that the gift is In Memory of Pat Mitchell.
Elmer Lewis Munger
Elmer Lewis Munger, 91, of Hutchinson, KS died May 24, 2006. He was born on Jan. 4, 1915, in Manhattan, the son of Harold Hawley and Julia Jane Green Munger. Elmer was a civil engineer, land surveyor and college professor, who received his bachelor of science (1936) and master's degree (1938) from Kansas State University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1957.
Elmer worked for the St. Louis-Southwestern railroad from 1937-38, the U.S. Engineering Department from 1938-46, was a missionary engineer for the Phillipine Episcopal Church from 1946-48 and worked as an engineer for Wilson & Co. in Salina in1948. He was also a professor at Iowa State University (1948-51, 1954-58), Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. (1958-69) where he also served as a dean, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (1969-75), and at Michigan Tech. University (1975-80). He also co-authored the ""Construction Management"" textbook, with Clarence J. Douglas. He was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He also belonged to the American Society of Engineering Educators, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon. He was also a member of the Episcopal Church. Elmer was married to Vivian Marie Bloomfield on Dec. 28, 1939 in Arkansas City.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; his two sons, Harold H. "Hal" Munger II and John Thomas Munger; a daughter, Jane Marie Pettit; two sisters, Margaret Furbeck and Julie Champlin; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Albert Norman, 91, of Northfield, Vt., died September 19, 2006. Albert was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre from 1942 to 1947. He was the historian on staff for Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. Albert was a professor emeritus, having taught history at Norwich University for almost 40 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Valerie Fisher; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Tristan.
Scott Pinard, 46, died unexpectedly at his home on Chandler Road in Northfield Falls on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. He was born in Pinellas County, Fla., the son of Robert David Pinard. He is a graduate of Northfield High School, class of 1979.
After graduating from high school, Scott served in the United States Navy for two years. He later worked as a CNC machinist for the airline industry in Seattle, Wash., drove a tractor trailer for several years and, most recently, was the facilities operations supervisor for Norwich University.
He had been married to Nina Grigsby. In August 2003 he married Julie Ryan in Rutland.
Scott enjoyed dart throwing, computers, listening to music, working around his home, restoring old vehicles, playing horseshoes, boating, motorcycling, car shows, flea markets, gymnastics and, especially, camping with his family. He was also a frequent volunteer at Norwich University's radio station, WNUB.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Pinard of Northfield Falls; his stepmother, Dorothy "Dottie" Pinard of Northport, Fla.; his children, James Garcia of Williamstown, Kendal Garcia of Northfield Falls, Dylan Otis of Northfield Falls, Christopher Hadden of Lake Stevens, Wash., Nikki Repin of Maryville, Wash.; his seven siblings, Claudia Lewis of Plaistow, N.H., Stephen Pinard of Swanzey, N.H., Sandra Hutchinson of South Barre, Stuart Pinard of Maryville, Wash., Sheril Dolphin of Killington, as well as Susan Gokey and Shawna Pinard, both of Longwood, Fla.; two grandchildren and their parents, Jake and Nikki Repin; three other grandchildren and their mother, Chariti Gulett of Everett, Wash.; one additional granddaughter, and her mother, Jennifer Repin of Snohomish, Wash.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his father, Robert Pinard, and his favorite dog, "Sab".
COL William R. Prince, USA (Ret.)
COL William R. Prince, USA (Ret.), 96, of Santa Fe, NM, died on May 20, 2008.
Bill graduated from New Mexico Military Institute high school and junior college. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in July, 1932 and graduated in 1936.
During WWII, among other things, he was the commanding officer of the 52nd Armored Infantry, 9th Armored Division. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star medal and the Legion of America. After the war he served as Commanding Officer at Sandia Base in Albuquerque; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Norwich from 1955 to 1958; Commanding Officer at Ft Hood, Texas, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Joint United States Military Advisory Group in Thailand; Senior Advisor, Army National Guard in Idaho.
After retiring from the army in 1964, he became a Realtor in Santa Fe, retiring after 30 years. He was an avid fisherman, gardener, opera lover and bridge player.
Marilyn Bagadinski Rinker
Marilyn Bagadinski Rinker died on Monday, May 11, 2009.
She was born in Middletown , Conn., and graduated from Ona Wilcox School of Nursing. She went on to pursue a BS degree in nursing and her MSN double degree in nursing administration and patient and family education.
She has held many positions in the course of her career. Her dedication and service to nursing spanned her entire adult life. She served as nursing director for medicine and cardiology at Fletcher Allen; oncology clinical coordinator at The Vermont Regional Cancer Center; nurse manager of a medical unit with an oncology focus in Marlboro, Mass.; many years in oncology as a nurse practitioner; clinical research nurse and oncology educator in Vermont and Rhode Island; eight years as nursing program director at Norwich University; and executive director of the Vermont State Nurses' Association.
Her awards and accomplishments were many, including Florence Nightingale award and the 2005 Nurse of the Year from the Vermont State Nurses Association.
Marilyn was also a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband Robert and her brother John. She leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion to her two sons, Robert and his wife Annette; Stephen and his wife Jen; two sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Lou and Nick Pini and Natalie and Gene Pucci, one sister-in-law, Kathy Bagadinski, six grandchildren: Woody, Clark, Ben, Anthony, Lee and Forrest; many nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
Services will be held at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home at 231 Main St., Portland , CT on Saturday May 16, 2009, from noon to 3 p.m. Donations may be made to the Vermont State Nurses’Association , 100 Dorsett St., Suite 13, Burlington , VT 05403.
Maria Begonia Rubio
Maria Begonia Rubio, 49, of South Main Street, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at her home.
Born June 19, 1962, in Barre, she was the daughter of Felix and Flora (Maza) Rubio. She was a graduate of Spaulding High School in 1980 and from the University of Maine in Orono in 1985, with a double major in music and romance languages.
Later she earned her master's degree in romance languages at Middlebury College.
For almost 20 years, she taught Spanish and French at Northfield High School and was active in taking her students on overseas trips to further their studies.
Since 1994, she had been a staff member for Sodexo Food Service at Norwich University and was currently the snack bar manager.
Maria enjoyed training and working her dog, Nieves, as a therapy service companion, music, movies, reading and knitting and was a member of St. Monica parish.
Survivors include her aunt, Patricia Maza, of Barre, and cousins Pamela Thurber, Patricia Martin, Alice Wickman and Skip Maza as well as cousins in Spain.
Besides her parents and her brother Felix, who died in infancy, she was predeceased by her uncles, Manuel and Fred Maza, and her aunt Anita LaBrana.
Her Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church.
Burial will be made in Hope Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
Frank H. Sargent
Frank H. Sargent, 91, of Shelburne, VT, formerly of Northfield, died August 6, 2009.
He was born in Vienna, Austria, on February 7, 1918, where he lived until coming to the United States in 1938.
He lived in New York City with his brother, John, then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in Europe, and in 1942 volunteered to serve with the British Commandos in North Africa. After fighting throughout North Africa, he earned a battlefield commission and was assigned to the intelligence division in General Eisenhower's headquarters. He was later assigned to the Pacific Theater. During his wartime service he was highly decorated, earning a Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross.
After the war Frank returned to the United States, where he met and married Mary Jane Wolff in Gettysburg, PA. Together they had three children, Lawrence, Timothy and Brent. They divorced in 1974. Over the next 30 years, Frank continued in military intelligence, and served in Maryland, Georgia, New York, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Korea, Japan and, finally, at the Pentagon. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, a master's degree from the George Washington University in D.C. and, in 1963, a doctorate in economics and business administration from George Washington University.
In 1964, he retired from the Army and moved with his family to Northfield, joining the faculty of Norwich University. He was the first faculty to have a yearbook dedicated to him. Frank went back to college and earned a master's degree in counseling from St. Michael's College in 1974. In 1980 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as visiting professor at Hong Kong University teaching there for one year. He retired from Norwich as professor emeritus in 1984.
After Norwich, Frank traveled in Eastern Europe and South America, also taught for a year at Salem State College in Massachusetts. From 1985-88, he was an adjunct professor at St. Michael's College. He also volunteered at the Chittenden County Correctional Center, where he mentored and counseled inmates for many years.
Frank is survived by his sons, their wives and partners, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Richard Keith Schwer
Richard Keith Schwer, 66, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away December 3, 2009, from cancer.
Schwer grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a bachelor of business of administration in statistics and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in economics at the University of Maryland in 1975, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington, Brown University and University of Chicago.
Between 1974 and 1986, Schwer worked his way up from assistant professor to head of the division of business and management at Norwich University in Vermont before accepting a position at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1986. Schwer eventually became the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UNVL. Additionally, he was a member of the forecast panel for the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Survivors include his wife, Kaye; three daughters, Nancy (Michael) Archambault, Amanda Schwer and Michelle (Michael) Nicholl; three grandchildren, Sarah and Jack Nicholl and Abbey Archambault. He is also survived by his parents Raymond and Dorothy Schwer; sister, Phyllis Lowe; and nephews, Phillip and Kyle Wilson and Neil Lovelace.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Keith’s name be made to the Child Focus Academic Success Program, 4310 S. Cameron, Suite 12, Las Vegas, NV 89103 or (702) 436-1624; reference Keith Schwer.
Hillard G. Seaver
Hillard G. Seaver, 95, of South Kingstown, RI, died at home on Monday February 22, 2010. He was the beloved husband of Harriet (Hall) Seaver for 72 years.
Born in Northfield, VT, he was a son of the late Harold and Alice (Hill) Seaver. Mr. Seaver was the manager of the college store at Norwich University for 39 years, retiring in 1976. He served in the United States Army during WW II.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Patricia Seaver of Essex Junction, VT, Beverly (Gilbert) Lavallee of Charlestown, RI and Karen Atwood of Northfield, VT; seven grandchildren: Gilbert (Cynthia) Lavallee , Marie Lavallee, Edward (Chrystal) Lavallee, Mark (Sharon) Lavallee , Lauren (Scott) Neun , Michelle (Dana) Bean and Nicole (Christopher) Cook; seven great- grandchildren: Eric (Kasey) Lavallee, Katharine Lavallee, Jenessa and Kyle Lavallee, Mackenzie Neun, Camden Bean and Liam Cook. He was predeceased by a sister Barbara Ryder.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 205 Hallene Road, Warwick, RI 02886-2452 or the American Diabetes Association, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02906.
Cora Smith, formerly of Charles Street, Montpelier, died peacefully on Feb. 1, 2008 at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation.
Born in Hyde Park, Aug. 15, 1917, she was the daughter of Perley and Viola (Perry) Jacobs. She married Albert Smith on Nov. 18, 1939. She worked at Vermont College of Norwich University for 30 years as a housekeeper. She leaves behind her son David Smith and his wife Valerie of Barre; her granddaughters Trudy Smith of Northfield and Cora (Wheeler) McCann, husband Dempsey, their two children Zoe and Arthur John of Montpelier; her grandsons Brian Wheeler, his wife Tracy, their three children, Charley, Evelyn and John of Westbrook, Maine; and Joseph and his partner Emery Harriston of Alexandria, Va., and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special 'daughter', Connie Smith Dolloff.
She is predeceased by her daughter Donna Wheeler, her son-in-law John Wheeler, her siblings, Kyle Jacobs, Perry Jacobs and his wife Beryl and Ilda Miles and her husband Leslie.
Carol Elizabeth Stephens
Carol Elizabeth Stephens, 42, of Northfield, Vt. died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 16, 1968 in Niles, Mich., the daughter of Walter & Georgia (Bohmann) Hornberger. Carol was a graduate of Niles High School, Class of 1986. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis.
Carol married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas Stephens, in Niles on June 20, 1987.
She joined the Norwich University faculty in 1996 as a professor of mechanical engineering. She was a passionate teacher and was regarded by her students as the most challenging and well-liked professor.
She was a member of Grace Church in Northfield, the Licensed Professional Engineers of Vermont, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Phi. Carol was very active in her church as well as the Girl Scouts and the Northfield Elementary School, mentoring young girls. She enjoyed sewing, and was particularly fond of the outdoors, hiking, gardening and snowshoeing.
Survivors include her parents, Walter and Georgia Hornberger of Niles; her husband, Thomas Stephens of Northfield; her children, Emma Lillian Stephens and James Walter Stephens of Northfield; two siblings, Donna Medlin of Niles and Tammy Perkins of Rockford, Mich.; her mother in-law, Shirley Stephens of Niles; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, August 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Avenue in Northfield.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 5 at 11:00 am at Norwich University’s White Chapel in Northfield.
Burial will follow the service in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Community Emergency Relief Volunteers, c/o Town Clerk, 51 South Main St., or the Emma & James Stephens Scholarship Fund, c/o Northfield Savings Bank, P.O. Box 347 or the Professor Carol Stephens, PhD Memorial Scholarship at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, all of Northfield, VT 05663.
Debra Nusman Stever
Debra Nusman Stever, 51, of Randolph, NH, passed away on August 5, 2008. Debra was born December 20, 1956 to Hyman and Ida Nusman. She was raised in Berlin and graduated from Berlin High School in 1974. Three years later, she graduated from Colby Sawyer College with a degree in speech and theater. She returned to Berlin where she worked for both The Berlin Reporter and WMOU as a reporter and announcer. After a few years, she began the transition to her lifelong love -- teaching. She started by working briefly as a vocational guidance counselor at Berlin High School. She left that job to start the Assisting Women in Transition Program at NHVTC - Berlin -- a program designed to help women make the transition into the work force as more families became dependent on two incomes. She was appointed by Governor John Sununu to serve a term on the State Commission on the Status of Women. As she became more and more aware of the biases and inequities toward women, she decided to go to law school and get her JD. She graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1990 and returned to Berlin to pursue her passions -- teaching and the law. She spent many years working as a college counselor and teaching paralegal and criminal justice courses. Her greatest joy as an educator was teaching online courses for Norwich in the Masters in Criminal Justice Program.
Above all else, Debbie valued being a wife, mother, and friend. She married H. Guyford Stever, Jr. in 1978. They settled in Randolph and had one daughter -- Rosalind Risley Stever. Debbie took profound pleasure spending time with her family and particularly looked forward to their yearly excursions to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine and trips to Boston to see the Red Sox. Debbie always showed a kindness and a generosity to those she met, worked with and taught. She will always be remembered for her warmth and smile, her strength, her courage, and setting an example by leading a just life.
Debbie is survived by her husband H. Guyford Stever, Jr. and their daughter Rosalind Risley Stever of Cambridge, MA; her brother Richard Nusman and wife Lor of Bradenton, FL: her sister Sharon and husband Skip of Clearwater, FL; Sarah Stever of Birmingham, MI; Margo Weed and her husband Lincoln of Oakton, VA; Roy Stever and wife Debbie of Chagrin Falls, OH; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her name to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Palliative Care Services, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Arthur T. Thompson
Arthur T. Thompson, 96, of Newton formerly of Wellesley died peacefuly at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Born July 12, 1918 in Flushing, New York, the son of the late Wilfred M. and Harriette (Totten) Thompson.
Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Virginia (Deringer) Thompson, he is survived by his daughters Deborah A., and Harriet T. Thompson of Newton, granddaughter, Ashima Scripp and husband Robert Bloomfield of Windham, NH, and great grandson Thatcher Bloomfield.
Arthur Thompson retired from Boston University as Professor of Engineering Emeritus and from Wentworth Institute of Technology as Provost Emeritus. His academic positions were Associate Dean of Engineering at Penn State University, Dean of Engineering and Associate Vice President at Boston University and Provost at Wentworth Institute.
He has an Arts degree from Colby College, an Engineering degree from Penn State with graduate degrees in Engineering from Harvard University and Business administration from the University of Chicago. He holds honorary doctorates from Colby College, Norwich University and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
He was enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and honorably discharged in 1945.
He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
He is a trustee Emeritus at Colby and Wentworth and was on the Academic Board of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Trustee of Norwich. His honors include the Education Award of the Socirty of Manufacturing Engineers and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal of the U.S. Army.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Wellesley in June.
George R. Turner
George R. Turner was born in Providence, R.I., on April 16, 1921, son of Lena and Raimund Turner, and was raised in Athol, Mass. Having enlisted in the U.S. Navy with the world at war, he participated in the Battle of the North Atlantic and subsequent campaigns in the Mediterranean including the invasion of North Africa, the assault on Sicily, the invasion of Italy at Salerno and the attack on Anzio. He returned to active duty for three years during the Korean War.
George earned a bachelor's degree in English from Dartmouth College, a master’s in education from Fitchburg State University, and a professional diploma in English teaching from Colombia University. He taught high school English and coached baseball and drama in Aruba, then joined the English faculty of Norwich University in 1959. He served in succession as theatre director, Director of Public Relations, and Sports Information Director. As a teacher, he mined his military career to develop such courses as Military Literature, and Literature of the Sea. George had a strong interest in journalism as well, writing articles for such national publications as Sports Digest, Athletic Journal, and Time. He played a highly active role in the Humanities Department during his tenure as a Professor, but, additionally, was a driving force in many of the programs, to include the WNUB radio station, within the Communications concentrations. He continued his dedication to these aspects of the University by establishing a scholarship in the name of he and his wife, Ann. As described by Dr. Loring Hart when awarding him the Norwich University honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, he also "established himself as a formidable golfer, dedicated caretaker of birds and animals, and raconteur extraordinaire." He became Professor Emeritus of English in 1991 and continued to teach for many years.
Among his many awards, George was the recipient of the College Sports Information Directors Citation for Excellence and the ECAC citation for Excellence for his contributions to many newspapers, wire services, radio and TV stations throughout the country and Canada. He was awarded the Norwich University Board of Fellows Outstanding Service Medallion for his service to Norwich, and was inducted into the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 for his athletic contributions.
George leaves his loving wife of 63 years, Ann Turner, daughter Diane and her husband Steve, son George and his wife Mary, daughter Patricia and her husband John; sister Kathleen and family; grandchildren Jean, David, Kent, Blake and their spouses, and Michael, Katy and Kristen; great-grandchildren Zack, Jake, Jack, and many dear friends.
Contributions in George's memory may be sent to the George and Ann Turner Scholarship Fund, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont 05663.
Perry F. Vick
Perry F. Vick, age 55, of Minerva, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at home surrounded by his family. He was born June 15, 1956 in Salem to the late Elmer and Mary (Ford) Vick. He is a retired Major in the US Air Force where he was an officer and pilot. He had worked for the US Post Office in Alliance. He graduated from Westport High School in Louisville, KY, received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelors in History from Hawaii Pacific University and Masters Degree in Airfield Management from Embry-Riddle University. He is a member of the East Rochester United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #357 in Minerva. Perry is survived by his wife, Barbara (Zaugg) Vick; daughter, Erin (John) Moriner of Marietta, GA; sister, Susan (Harlan) Adkins of Clinton, OH; brother, David (Jennifer) Vick of Norfolk, VA; two nephews, Matthew and Michael Adkins. He is preceded in death by an infant sister and brother. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Friday Sept. 9, at 11:00 am in the East Rochester United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial with honors will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alliance Visiting Nurse and Hospice. Those unable to attend may sign the register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com
Brian P. Webb
MONTPELIER - Brian Patrick Webb, 65, of Clarendon Avenue, Montpelier, died recently as a result of a sailing accident on Malletts Bay in Lake Champlain.
Brian had an incredible passion for sailing, and his family is comforted knowing that he died in the place he loved most.
Brian was born on December 9, 1948, in Auckland, New Zealand, the son of Valerie (Corliss) and Patrick Webb. Raised by two teachers, his upbringing was greatly influenced by the value of education and the rich heritage of music in the Anglican Church. This is where his lifelong passion for music began. His dream of a career in music started at a very early age. At 6 years old, he knew he wanted to be a conductor.
He received his early musical education through school and piano and violin lessons. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Auckland.
Brian came to the United States to study choral conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington where he received his doctorate. In 1974, Brian was given the opportunity to take a job in Vermont, teaching at Norwich University where he was a professor of music for many years. He later joined Union Institute and University in 2001 where he most recently was a dean of the Bachelor of Arts programs.
Brian held the post of music director and conductor of the Vermont Philharmonic for over 20 years. He also held the position of organist and choirmaster for the past 40 years at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier, Vermont. His music career included conducting many local choral groups and orchestras. He also had the opportunity to conduct orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Italy and the former Yugoslavia. One highlight of his career was when he conducted the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of American music by Gershwin in 1985.
In 1984, Brian married Nancy Allen of East Montpelier in Takapuna, New Zealand. He and Nancy shared many interests, including music and sailing. Together, they raised two children with strong connections to music, a love for sailing and the values of dedication, hard work and devotion to family.
Though music was his true passion, he had many other interests. While at Norwich, he coached women's rugby, and from 2000 to 2012, he was an instructor at the Central Vermont Blue Wave Taekwondo Academy. An avid sailor, Brian spent every spare moment sailing the waters of Lake Champlain where he kept his sailboat for 30 years. His goal was always to be the first boat in the water in the spring, and the last boat out in the fall.
Brian is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Helen Louise Webb-Prosser and wife Amy Webb-Prosser; and son, Evan Webb. Surviving relatives in New Zealand include: sister, Jillian, and her husband, John; nieces, Claire and Louise and their families; nephew, Steven; aunt, Meriam; and cousins, Joan and Murray. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews on his wife's side of the family, as well as a host of friends, colleagues and students, all of whom enriched his life.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, at Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier.
Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church Building Restoration Fund, 64 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
Virginia P. Webber
Virginia P. Webber, 63, of Northfield Falls, Vt., died on December 15, 2006. Born in Barre, Vt., on March 18, 1943, she was the daughter of Almont ""Tim"" and Ruby (Gates) Pike. A 1961 graduate of Northfield High School, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus in 1965. She had been married to Lloyd F. Webber.
She worked for many years as a physical therapist in Colorado, Washington D.C. and central Vermont. In the late-1980s and early-1990s, she served as the director of the Northfield Ambulance Service. She later worked at the Four Seasons Community Care Home in Northfield until 2002 and for the last four years was the ""House Mother"" at the Norwich University infirmary in Northfield. A member of the United Methodist Church in Northfield, she also belonged to the American-Canadian Genealogical Society, the New England Genealogical Society, and the Vermont History Society. She enjoyed her genealogy work, helping Norwich University students and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her two children, Randy Webber and Rebecca Webber; her mother Ruby Pike; two brothers, Paul Pike and Gordon Pike; one sister, Nancy Fassett; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Almont Pike.
M. Annette Wicklund
M. Annette Wicklund, 64, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield.
She was born Sept. 27, 1948, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Hoyet and Leah (Bloomingdale) Bridges.
She graduated from Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, in 1967. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Texas State University.
She married Peter A. Wicklund on May 11, 1979, in Dallas. They moved from Texas to Vermont in 1987. She had been married to Scott Hunt.
She was a librarian for Norwich University in Northfield for more than 25 years.
She enjoyed playing tennis, coed volleyball in Northfield for 20 years, and traveling.
Survivors include her husband; three children, Ron Hunt, of McKinney, Texas, Amy Willey, of Northfield, and Erik Wicklund, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; five siblings, Kenneth Bridges, of Haltom City, Texas, Roger Bridges and Mary Stone, both of North Richland Hills, Andrea Fournier, of Fall River, Mass., and Jane Krukowski, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with the family's wishes, there are no calling hours or services scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.