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1987 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2300 or inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

Jeffrey P. Cameron, 6/30/1996
John A. Dolan, 5/16/2002
Debra A. Evans, 12/8/2005
Thomas J. Haggerty, 2/17/1991
Barbara Mitchell (Vermont College), 3/10/2009
Lt. Col. Keith Lawrence Underwood, 6/14/2009
Thomas L. Wolfe, 11/2/2007


Lt. Col. Keith Lawrence Underwood

Lt. Col. Keith Lawrence Underwood, 44, of Laurel St., passed away Sunday evening, June 14, 2009, at home with his family.
 
He was born in Greenfield on May 26, 1965, the son of Lawrence C. and Judith E. (Parsons) Underwood. Keith was educated at the Gill Elementary School and then attended Turners Falls Jr. High School. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1983 and completed a BA degree at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., in 1987 in criminal justice. He was then commissioned at 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve.
 
He worked for the Windham Co. Sheriff's Dept., C&S Grocers, and was an associate professor of military science at UMass, Western New England College and Springfield College. He served for over 20 years in the National Guard at grades ranging from 2nd Lt. to Lt. Col. and was on active duty throughout 2008, serving in Afghanistan. He received the Vt. Veterans Medal for Honorable Service in the military and the Vt. Distinguished Service Medal for honorable service in a combat theater while serving in the U.S. military.
 
He enjoyed hiking, hunting and fishing with his friends and sons, and teaching his sons the love of nature. He was an avid reader of military history and tactics, from colonial militia through WWII and current actions and tactics.
He was a past Boy Scoutmaster of Northfield and an active supporter of Scouting, and an active member and supporter of the Advent Christian Church in Vernon, Vt.
 
He leaves his wife, the love of his life, the former Jennifer Vilbar, and two sons: Jephunneh, 11, and Karl, 5, at home, and his parents, Lawrence and Judith Underwood of Gill, and two sisters, Lisa Stevenson and her husband Dean of Fraser, Mich., and Erin Dennis and her husband Richard of Auburn, N.H.; eight nieces and nephews and many other family members.


Thomas L. Wolfe

Thomas L. Wolfe, 43, of Leominster, Mass., died suddenly on November 2, 2007 while enjoying his favorite place a wooded path at Lake Wampanoag in Ashburnham, with his faithful dog Jackie at his side.

Born May 13, 1964 at Burbank Hospital, Fitchburg he spent his early childhood in Ashby, MA before moving to Leominster. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1982, participating in Varsity soccer and wrestling.

While attending Norwich University in Vermont, Cadet Wolfe sustained a broken neck injury, rendering him a quadriplegic, when responding to a call as a volunteer fireman on Norwich’s Fire Brigade. After hospitalization and months of physical therapy, he returned to Norwich and earned his Bachelor degree in Political Science. He later attended University of Delaware where he received his Master’s Degree in Political Science.

He managed and edited In Touch a newspaper for disabled persons, served on the Johnny Appleseed School Council, revitalized and was Chairperson of Leominster’s Disability Commission. Tom also owned and operated King’s Corner News Stand and Video for several years. He enjoyed shooting pool, winning several competitions. Admired and loved for his courage, intelligence, sense of humor, and generosity, he will be missed by so many whose lives he touched profoundly.

He is survived by his parents Dr. Glenn E. Wolfe and Elizabeth (Lister) Wolfe; his sister Donna Lanza and her husband Peter; his brother William Wolfe and companion Linda Hume; nephews Paul Wolfe, and Jonathan Lanza and his niece Kathryn Lanza.


   

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