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1980 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2100 or 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.

Bryan P. Andersen, 7/22/2003
LT Mark R. Beauregard USAF, 2/28/1986
Mary Jane Bredahl, 6/17/2011
Sally J. De Coteau (Vermont College)
Rosanne Dunham (Vermont College), 8/21/2012
Charles Fucci (Vermont College), 11/13/2000
Richard A. Giglio, 12/29/2009
John M. Irby, 10/10/2012
COL James M. Moore USA, 11/29/2004
Michael Andrew Pinkus, 10/15/2010
Peter Craig Reed, 5/9/2008
Christopher J. Sullivan, 4/8/2006

Rosanne Dunham

Rosanne Dunham (Vermont College), 54, of Londonderry, N.H., died August 21, 2012, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Rosanne is survived by her two beloved children, Jessica and Jonathan Dunham; her father, John Cornelius; and her fiancé, Paul LeVinus. She was previously married to Ralph Dunham, NU'78.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, N.H. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosanne's memory to the Manchester Animal Shelter, 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, NH 03105 or to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 80201, Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0201. For more information,visit

Richard A. Giglio

Richard A. Giglio, of Grandview, Montana, formerly of East Boston, passed away December 29, 2009.

Affectionately known to his classmates as “Gigs,” Richard was a member of drill team and spirit club. Additionally, he was a member of the Guidon staff. Richard graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in history.

Richard was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was a U. S. Post Office employee for 25 years.

Richard was the beloved husband of Elaine (McCurley-Schultz). He was also a devoted father to Nicholas and Christina of Montana, Angela Rose of Illinois, and step-father of Kyle Schultz of Colorado. Richard also leaves behind his sister Theresa D. Giglio of Malden, Massachusetts and his brother Paul A. Giglio of East Boston. He was the loving son of Rose (Giovanniello) and the late Angelo R. Giglio.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Parkinson's Foundation, 8900 State Line Rd., Ste 320, Leawood KS 66206. 

John M. Irby

John Michael Anthony Irby (affectionately known to his friends and family as "Mike") was born in Greenville, South Carolina on October 24, 1958 to the proud parents of John Willie Irby and Cora Lee Irby. He passed on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Mount Sinai Hospital.

 Mike was just two weeks shy of his 54th birthday. In October of 1963, along with his parents and siblings, the family migrated to Brooklyn, New York. The family stayed in Brooklyn and Michael attended grade school and then on to Samuel J. Tilden High School. He continued his education at Norwich University, in Vermont. Norwich is the Nation's oldest military college and was founded by the first superintendent of The United States Military Academy at West Point. Norwich University's tradition of excellence and proud military heritage began at its campus in 1819. Norwich is the birthplace of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and runs a challenging Corps of Cadet Program. Mike met the challenges of Norwich and excelled. He was a member of 1976-1980 Norwich Football Team, which entered the University's Hall of Fame in 2009. Mike was a Certified Public Accountant, Licensed Insurance Broker, and Financial Planner for many years.

John (Mike) and Jacqueline (Jackie) Irby were married on October 4, 1998. They made their home in Forest Hills, NY. Mike and Jackie shared a love of books, and spent many days and nights reading to each other and discussing the books they read. The couple also enjoyed traveling and meeting new people and learning of their cultures. If there were one word to describe Mike it would be "competitive". He loved to compete and win! He was an avid Giants fan and truly loved football. Mike was also a romantic at heart, and he and Jackie would enjoy picnics in the park, or renting bicycles for the day and exploring new places.

Mike has truly touched many lives and will be greatly missed. To honor and cherish his memory, Mike leaves to mourn his wife, Jacqueline (Forest Hills, NY), parents John and Cora (Greenville, SC ) his brother, Steven and his wife Valerie (Rosedale, NY), Tony and his wife, Angel (Simpsonville, SC), Russell and his wife Tanya (Apoka, FL) and his sister, Sharon George (Irvington, NJ). Along with them, he also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

Michael Andrew Pinkus

Michael Andrew Pinkus of Aurora, Colo., was murdered in October 15, 2010. He was born on December 3, 1958, in Hartford, Conn.

Michael graduated from Norwich University with honors in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in history and government. While at Norwich, he was the campus radio host of 'Tuesday Night Special' on WNUB Radio. The theme song was Meadows by Joe Walsh ("part of an old stone wall. Stand here because you said so...").

Michael dedicated more than six years to active duty service in the U.S. Army, approximately May 1980 to Feb 1987 (Commissioned Distingushed Military Graduate Regular Army), Armor Branch. He completed ranger training around 1981, was initially assigned to 2 Armored Cavalry Regiment at the Christensen Barracks. This Regiment was originally established by President Andrew Jackson in, 1836, as the Second Regiment of Dragoons. The Motto is Toujuors Pret, French for ready every day. Mike loved that history. He was reassigned to Fort Carson, CO around 1984. Where he worked part time, then full time, as a real estate (sales) agent, to about 1987. He became a licensed, series 7 investment banker from 86 to 90, or so. He started, ran, and sold a vending machine business, and was a drummer in a rock and roll band (early 1990's). Then worked with World War II collectable's, and became a well respected authority on German silver tank uniform badges. He was a substitute teacher, Chess Team coach, friend, father, grandfarther, and beloved son.

Michael was predeceased by his mother, Muriel. He is survived by his son, Cullen; his daughter, Heather; his father, Ben; his sister, Susan; his grandaughters Mikayla and Andriana; his biological mother, Ruth, and family; and his many friends.

Mike lived life, usually his way, for 51 years, ten months, and twelve days. It was tragically too short, but Mike managed to pack a lot of life into his time.

Peter Craig Reed

Peter Craig Reed, 52, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at his home in Northfield.

He was born Dec. 19, 1955, in Barre, the son of William and Barbara (Covey) Reed. He is a graduate of Northfield High School. He later attended Norwich University from 1976-1982.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served from 1974 to 1976. He married Robin Cook in Northfield in June 1979. He worked as an environmental technician for the State of Vermont, Vermont Castings and recently for Cadcut in Montpelier. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife Robin of Northfield; two children, Jeremy Reed and Alice Reed, both of Northfield; one sister, Rae-Gina Wescott of New York; and a few nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, there are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Northfield High School Junior Rifle Team, c/o Jack Baroffio, 587 N. Main St., Northfield, VT 05663.

Christopher J. Sullivan

Christopher J. Sullivan, 51, of Okinawa, Japan died on Saturday, April 8, 2006 of a heart attack while in the Philippines.

Born on February 25, 1955 to Roland and Barbara (Ross) Sullivan in Fukowoka, Japan. He was educated at Baumholder American High School in Germany; received his B.S. from Norwich University in Northfield, VT and his Masters in Teaching from Columbia University in New York City. Mr. Sullivan was a High School Physical Education Teacher at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa; Kinnick High School in Yokosuka and also taught in U.S. Forces Schools in Darmstadt, Germany, West Point Elementary School and New York City private schools (Birch-Wather and Calhoun.). He also served in the U.S. Navy in 1976 and 1977.

On December 4, 1992 he married Susan Tafoya in Albuquerque, New Mexico; she survives living in Okinawa. He enjoyed traveling, American history and coached his high school’s basketball, soccer and track teams. Besides his wife Susan, his father Roland Sullivan of Cornwall, NY, Christopher is survived by his daughter Catherine Sullivan; three brothers Patrick of Flanders, NJ; Matthew of Rutherford, NJ; Michael (his twin) of Millersville, MD and his sister Ann Sullivan Dormin of Saratoga Springs, NY. His mother Barbara (Ross) Sullivan died on January 27, 2004.


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