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Richard A. Alafat, 10/3/2003
Donald R. Battey, 8/18/1998
John W. Begiebing, 1/27/1983
Walter Charles Borer, 12/21/2010
Paul L. Brougham Jr., 8/6/1991
Rudolph L. Brow, 10/21/2004
Harold R. Callaway Jr., 11/30/1998
COL Dean J. Campbell, 11/25/2014
David Carpenter, 2/23/2010
COL Charles F. Champlin, USA (Ret.), 6/17/2014
LTC Paul P. Chapman, USA (Ret.), 9/26/2015
Cerro J. Ciraci, 8/26/2002
Edward P. Colacurcio, 5/26/2010
LTC James E. Coulson USA (Ret), 12/1/2003
Langdon S. Cummings, Jr., 6/14/2015
Richard G. De Soto, 11/1/2001
Thomas W. Dowling, Jr.,10/19/2015
Robert L. Eckert Jr., 9/23/2015
Theodore F. Feldman, 10/21/1997
H. Richard Fippinger, 11/20/2006
COL Joseph G. Foti, USMC (Ret.), 12/7/2009
Gordon E. Gould, 10/31/2002
Peter F. Gross, 1/25/2005
Don H. Grout, 5/9/2014
CDR Peter C. Haskell USN (Ret), 9/14/1992
William L. Hayward, 12/19/2007
Juri Ilissoo, 12/2/2014
John C. Inman, 11/18/2000
Walter H. Irla, 12/30/2008
Achilles A. Kapopoulos, 11/11/1969
Malcolm H. Kling, 2/12/2002
LTC Ronald K. Kollhoff USA (Ret), 11/28/2004
Albert J. Kondi, 10/17/2014
Robert A. Lavette, 1/1/2013
John D. Lewis, 2/26/1998
LTC Calvin A. Lowell, 11/20/2005
William F. Lyman, 8/5/2005
LTC Robert G. Manning USA, 12/3/1996
Ronald D. Martenet Jr., 3/1/2002
Mason E. Martin, 3/11/2013
COL Richard L. McDowell USA (Ret), 9/1/1996
Robert R. Mero, 9/27/2000
Robert W. Morse, 11/28/2012
Frederick J. Mossman, 11/30/1993
Lt. COL John A. O'Brien, USA (Ret.), 3/1/2009
John G. Oddy, 11/25/2015
Robert O'Hern, 5/30/1992
Peter J. O'Neil, 2/5/1990
Carl A. "Duke" Pallo, 1/4/2012
COL William "Bill" T. Palmer, USA (Ret.), 2/3/2016
Frank D. Pierce
Stephen R. Porcella, 12/12/1968
Norman T. Preston
LTC Clinton P. Rhicard USA, 2/13/1981
William Riedl, 5/14/2002
John F. Ruitberg Jr., 2/1/1994
Peter C. Salmonsen, 2/6/2008
Norman Schneider, 9/5/2004
Jean-Ann D. Spencer (Vermont College), 10/13/1999
Benjamin Stearns, 7/4/1956
Robert A. Steinkamp, 12/31/2005
Persa Stephanou (Vermont College), 7/8/1987
Robert F. Stevens, 7/24/2014
John W. Strach, 1/13/1994
Kenneth E. Swanson, 2/2/1993
Max W. Templeton, 6/15/1995
Redmond J. Wilcox
James H. Wilson, 1/25/1996
Paul George Zarynoff, 8/6/2011


Walter Charles Borer

Walter Charles Borer, of Ashland, NH, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Walter, affectionately known by all as "Wally", was 76 years old. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was born in New York City, and was the son of the late Oscar and Florence (Goodwin) Borer.

Wally graduated from Norwich University in 1957 with a bachelor of science in engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Outing Club, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society for Mechanical Engineers, Newman Club, and Mountain Cold Weather.

Throughout his life, Wally kept a strong commitment to his faith, family and friends. His kind-hearted spirit and generosity will be dearly missed by so many who loved and cared for him. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Wellesley, MA.

Wally is survived by his wife, five children, and five grandchildren. Donations may be sent in his honor to the New England Center for Children, 33 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

Dean J. Campbell

Dean Jarvis Campbell, 79, of Bradenton, FL, passed away Nov. 25, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn McHale Campbell. Born in March 10, 1935, in Barre, Vermont, he was a son of the late Clarence and Elsie Dean Campbell.

COL. Campbell retired from the United States Army after 32 years of service, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He also retired from the United States Department of Justice after 17 years, completing his service as an executive officer in the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys. Col. Campbell was a graduate of Norwich University.

Survivors also include children and grandchildren: Robert Scott Campbell, of Baltimore, MD; Lisa Angela Painter (James), of Wirtz, VA; Robert Timothy Edwards, of Bradenton, FL; Amber Marie Edwards, of Bradenton, FL and Samantha Carlson, of Germatown, MD; as well as one great-grandson, Noah Campbell Davison.

Services in Vermont will be conducted at a later date. Manasota Funeral Home is assisting the family.

David Carpenter

David Carpenter, 75, of Springvale, ME, died Tuesday morning, February 23, 2010, after a long illness.

Dave was born in Boston, MA on May 23, 1934, the son of Arthur and Madonna Carpenter. He graduated from Needham High School in Massachusetts, and received a degree in business administration from Norwich in 1957. While at Norwich, Dave was a member of the Outing Club and was a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Eta Rho. He was also a member of the drill team.

Dave served in the Army reserves as a first lieutenant. He was a co-owner of C&C/Taylor Rental from the late sixties to the mid seventies when he became a real estate broker with Davis Real Estate, and later owned Carpenter Realty. During these years he served on the Board of Selectman for six terms. He served as chairman and co-chairman in his second and third terms.

He was a former member of the Rotary Club and served on the YMCA and Dollars for Scholars boards. Dave ran for the Maine State Senate in 1988 and worked in that capacity for 12 years. The Utilities Committee, State and Local Government and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee were all part of his duties in the Maine State Senate. Dave was proud to serve on the York County Commissioners Board for four years before he retired.

Dave was an avid sports enthusiast who played hockey, football and soccer in school. Later, he enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing, along with tennis and golf. He also loved to hunt and fish.

Dave was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Madonna Carpenter; and his step-mother, Laura Woodland. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Nancy; his three daughters and their children, Kimberlee Caron and her sons, Konnor and Keegan, Donna Eldridge and her sons, Adam and Alex, and Kristin Baltzley.

The family would like to thank the staff at Greenwood Center for their excellent care and friendship while Dave was in their care.

Condolences can be expressed at

Those planning an expression of sympathy may want to consider the Alzheimer's Association
, U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105 or the Maine Children's Cancer Program, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, ME 04074.

LTC Paul P. Chapman, USA (Ret.)

CHAPMAN, PAUL P., 80, Lt. Colonel, US Army Retired; fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Beloved husband of Renate E. Chapman; loving father of Paul Chapman Jr., Stephen (Monique) Chapman and Renee (the late David) Williams; dearest grandfather of Molly, Amy, Daniel, Austin and Hannah; our dear brother, uncle and friend.

Visitation will be held for Paul on Tuesday from 9 am to 10:30 am at STYGAR FLORISSANT CHAPEL AND CREMATION CENTER, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd. then will proceed to St. Angela Merici Catholic Church for an 11 am Mass. Interment will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alzheimer’s Association appreciated.

Edward P. Colacurcio

Edward P. Colacurcio, also referred to as Bud, Poppy, or Big Eddie, age 75, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Born in Bridgeport, on March 17, 1935 he was the son of Angelina (DeAngelis) Colacurcio of Bridgeport and the late Edward A. Colacurcio. Ed was a standout in football at both Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield and Norwich University in Vermont. During his time at Norwich, he was also active in Theta Chi fraternity, the Association of the Army Club, and a member of the Regimental Corps of Cadets. He was a beer and wine salesman up until his retirement and was a well-known figure in Fairfield County. Known for his great sense of humor and kindness to everyone, Ed will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his devoted wife of 49 years, Mamie (Maniscalco) Colacurcio, three beloved children, Edward A. Colacurcio, James A. Colacurcio both of Fairfield, and Mary Shuler and husband Michael of Easton, he also leaves behind three cherished grandchildren, Jonathon, Connie and Nicholas Shuler, one brother, Roger and wife Marie, and several aunts, cousins, a niece and nephew.

Langdon S. Cummings, Jr.

Langdon Sumner "Sonny" Cummings Jr., 80, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, Florida.

A native of Barre, Vermont, he was born April 25, 1935, to Langdon Sr. and Thelma (Miles) Cummings, one of two children. Sonny, as he was known to many, was a member of class of 1953, Spaulding High School, Barre, Vermont, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Norwich University in Vermont, where as an avid skier from young manhood, he was a member of their ski team. Mr. Cummings also enlisted in the National Guard while still in college, and between his active duty and reserve status, served his country proudly as an officer in the National Guard for 32 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. His professional career began with the state of Vermont Department of Highways in 1957, and after a 34 year career, he retired as director of Right of Way Division, also serving as director of Vermont State Employees Credit Union during 10 of those years. He became a full-time resident of Homosassa in 1993, arriving from Barre, and was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge, Homosassa. As an avid golfer, he enjoyed a longtime membership of the former Seven Rivers Country Club, now the Crystal River Golf Club, and also the Country Club of Barre. Sonny also loved his eight-year relationship as a volunteer with AARP, serving as a tax greeter.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 21 years, Lena Ann Cummings, of Homosassa; son Graig S. Cummings (wife Sharon) and daughter Sandra L. Brooks (husband Jeffrey), both of Barre; son Mark Brassard (wife Robin), of Port St. Lucie, Florida; son Stephen Brassard (wife Lisa), of Barre; daughter Donna MacPhail (husband Duane), of North Palm Beach, Florida; daughter Sandra Rouleau (husband Greg), of Barre; and grandchildren Cameron, Brandon, Neil, Kyle, Cassandra, Morgan, Stephanie, Nicole and Erika. In addition to his parents, Sonny was preceded in death by his first wife, Roland Gauthier Cummings, in 1988, and sister Patricia Parks.

Celebrations of life will happen later this summer in both Homosassa and Barre. 

Robert L. Eckert Jr.

Robert L. Eckert, Jr. died on September 23, 2015 at his home in Catlett, Virginia.

He was born on October 11, 1934 in Amesbury, MA and had been a resident of Catlett, VA since 1972. Mr. Eckert earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University, Northfield, VT in 1957 and a M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1968. He was a distinguished military graduate of Norwich University; commissioned a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve-Armor in 1957; and honorably discharged a Captain in 1965. Mr. Eckert held various engineering and management positions at The Martin Company, Baltimore, MD; Fairchild Stratos Corporation, Hagerstown, MD; AVCO Corporation, Wilmington, MA; and Atlantic Research Corporation, Gainesville, VA.

His survivors include his loving wife of seventeen years, Arlene Anne Eckert; three step-daughters; five step-grandchildren; seven nephews and nieces; and ten grandnephews and grandnieces. He was predeceased by his first wife of 31 years, Caroline Cox Eckert in 1988 and their son Mark Leonard Eckert in 1980.

Mr. Eckert will be buried with his family on October 10, 2015 at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac, MA. Funeral Arrangements are by Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, VA, 540-347-3431, and Rogers Funeral Home, Merrimac, MA, 978-346-9273.

H. Richard Fippinger

H. Richard Fippinger, 71, of Danville, Ill., passed died on November 20, 2006. Richard was born Dec. 3, 1934, in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Henry and Gladys (Teufer) Fippinger. He married Judith Burns on Aug. 10, 1957, in New York. During his time at Norwich, Richard was a member of the Drill Team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

Richard moved to Danville in 1989 as a consultant for HerrÆs from New York, where he was account group supervisor for Leber Katz Advertising. Prior to his own business being established in 1982, he was vice president of Dunlop Sports, director of new business at the Hanes Corporation and spent 18 years as a buyer for Sears-Roebuck Company. While he was a buyer with Sears-Roebuck, Richard lived in Madrid, Spain, for four years. Richard was a captain in the Special Forces, Airborne Division.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Finance Committee, the Danville Boat Club, the Danville Country Club and the Danville Tennis Club. Richard enjoyed listening to opera as well as country music. He was a licensed single engine pilot and loved to travel. Richard also made over 100 round trips to China on new product development.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; his three sons, Stephen, Eric and David J. Fippinger; a sister, Janet Ramstad; and five grandchildren, Alexandra, David R., Carolyn, Rachel and Scott Fippinger.


COL Joseph G. Foti, USMC (Ret.)

Col. Joseph G. Foti, USMC (Ret.), 75, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2009. A native of Montpelier, Vt., he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a colonel after 27 years of service. He was a member of The Church of the Holy Family.

Joe graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in aviation administration. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Maroon Key, the Newman Club, Outing Club, Drill Team, and Alpha Eta Rho. He was also on the basketball, golf, and track teams.

He is survived by his father, Joseph W. Foti of Barre, Vt.; his wife, Joan M. Foti; son, Joseph J. Foti, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Roberts of Fair Oaks, Calif.; three grandchildren, Joey, Sammy and Erika; a brother, Robert Foti; and two sisters, Marilyn Bishop and Anne Dvorak. He was predeceased by his mother, Janet Foti.

The family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to our friends at Heartland Home Health & Hospice for their loving care. A private memorial service will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Don H. Grout

Don Hall Grout, 84, a former resident of Colchester, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, in Banner Garden Hospice facility in Mesa, Arizona, following complications from pancreatic cancer.

Don was born in Alexandria, Egypt, Dec. 21, 1929, the son of Don Jackson and Thelma (Hall) Grout. A lifelong educator and engineer, Don received his Doctor of Education from Vanderbilt University, Master of Education from the University of Vermont and Bachelor of Science from Norwich University. Don retired from Champlain College as a full professor, previously taught at the Randolph Vp-Tech, and was a math and AV teacher at West Rutland High School. Prior to his teaching career, Don was a quality control engineer with General Electric. Don served his country during the Korean conflict in the Air Force and was a licensed private pilot.

He was a lifetime member and secretary of the Sun Life Armature Radio Club and od AARL - call sign: W1DR. Lifetime memberships also included Mensa, the American Legion and the Elks club. Don loved to camp and travel, and he enjoyed square dancing and cooking.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Patricia (Ready); sister Barbara Stiles and husband Al; son Scott; son Douglas and wife Ginger Grout; daughter Deborah Harrison and husband Chuck; daughter Linda Cleveland and husband Douglas; cousin George Kennedy, of Texas; grandchildren Meghan, Elizabeth, Jenny, Kate Emily, Luke, Rachel, Tyler and Molly.

Don was predeceased by his wife of 41 years in 1998, Audrey (Barrett).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for cancer at

A funeral service will be celebrated in the chapel of Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction, at noon Tuesday, May 20, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Avenue, Burlington. - See more at:

Juri Ilissoo

Rochester: (2/3/1934-12/2/2014). Born in Petseri, Estonia.

Predeceased by parents, Karl Ilissoo, Salme (Persitzki) Ilissoo and great-granddaughter, Kylie Rose Cooper. Beloved husband of Euleta (Fitch) Ilissoo (57 years). Also survived by his children, Tiina (Russell) Kaiser, Susen Langton, Heidi (Michael) Gleber; grandchildren, Bethany, Rebekah, Audrey, Ian, Luke, Lily, Oliver, Max, Erin, Samuel, Mary- Grace, and Ellen; great-grandchildren Leo, Jude, Hailey, Caleb, Paige, Alex, and Rebecca.

Juri was a Norwich University graduate & long time Employee of Eastman Kodak Co.

His Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (44 Main St., Bloomfield, 14469) on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Donations can be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in memory of Juri Ilissoo.

Albert J. Kondi

SOUTH ROYALTON - Albert J. Kondi, 79, of South Royalton and Davidsonville, Maryland, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Stephen and Alice (Pogany) Kondi, and moved to Norwalk, Connecticut, at the age of one.

He had a lifetime military career, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and beyond, and retired as a full colonel. Mr. Kondi graduated from Norwich University. He taught biology at Randolph Union High School and was a physics professor at Vermont Technical College where he helped start the college radio station and was advisor for the Radio Control Club and Archery Club. He then returned to active duty with the U.S. Army at the Pentagon, where he was involved with computer security.

He attended Bethany Church in Randolph, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodcarving and making snow sculptures.

Survivors include his wife, Golda Guthrie-Kondi, of South Royalton, whom he married in September 1982; three children, Stephen Kondi, of South Royalton, David Kondi, of Canaan, New Hampshire, and Barbara Montgomery of Randolph; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Kondi was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Jane Miller, whom he married Nov. 19, 1956.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the United Church of Bethel where calling hours will begin at 12:30 p.m. prior to the service. Private burial will be in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Norwich University, Northfield, VT 05663. 

Robert A. Lavette

Robert A. Lavette, 77, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013.

Bob was born May 27, 1935, in Lawrence, Mass., to Arthur and Ruth Lavette. After graduating from Lawrence High School, he attended Norwich University and joined the Corps of Cadets. He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelors of Science in civil engineering. Bob was a Lifetime Partridge Society member and a member of the 1819 Circle.

After graduating from Norwich, Bob was hired by Boeing as part of the Minuteman Program and moved to Seattle, Wash. Two years later, he was re-assigned to the Saturn-Apollo project and relocated, with his family, to Cape Canaveral, Fla. He was part of the team for the Apollo 11 launch, so man could take their first step on the moon. He was promoted to Lead Engineer for Facilities Engineering onsite at the Cape. He provided solutions for space, furniture and equipment for more than 2,000 personnel, as well as managing facilities for labs/shops. For his exceptional record of coordination between Boeing/NASA and all other contractors at Cape Canaveral, he received the Saturn Five Honor Roll Award.

In 1971, he accepted a position with the Florida Department of Transportation. During his 25 year career with Florida Department of Transportation, he made quite an impact. One of his accomplishments included developing the algorithm for predicting train/automobile accidents at intersections, which has saved many lives. As Director of Operations for District 5 (Orlando), he was responsible for 850 employees and an operating budget of 125 million dollars, which included engineering consulting and contracting of maintenance activities. Operations included maintenance, construction, materials, traffic operator and traffic software. A significant portion of this time was spent on construction claims, representing and analyzing claims, and final negotiations.

Bob served on many committees, including: secretary of Florida Engineering Society-Engineers in Government section; the sub-committee of Highway Traffic Safety; the National Transportation Safety Board, the Dispute Resolution Board for Florida Department of Transportation; the Advance Board of Florida Engineering Society; chairman of the Florida Solar Energy Center; and the Board of the Florida Emergency Management Systems. He also served as president of Toastmasters and was a frequent guest lecturer for civil engineering classes at the University of Florida.

Bob was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to those who survived him: his wife and partner of 56 years, Charlotte; his children: Mark, Roberta (Brian), Doug, and Matthew (Debbie); his grandchildren: Christopher LT USN (NU'06) (Natasha), Danielle, Brandon (Elaina), Krystina, and Lena; and his great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Kaydence.

The family is asking donations to be made in Bob’s name to Norwich University, C/O Development and Alumni Relations, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663

William F. Lyman

William Francis Lyman Jr., 70, passed away in his home in Strafford, Mo. He was born on February 19, 1935, in Putnam, Conn. Bill played minor league baseball with the Kansas City A's as a pitcher 1953-1954. He served in the U.S. Army 19551959. He was united in marriage to Barbara Murphy on August 13, 1957, and to this union there were four children. The family lived in Branford, Conn., until they moved to Springfield, Mo., in 1968. Bill worked for DayCo until he formed his own business, Midwest Fiberglass, in 1970. He was very creative and was always working on at least one "project", but usually several ""projects"" at one time. He was an avid reader. Bill is survived by his four children, Beverly Eil and husband, Ken, Springfield Barbara Eli and fiance, Steve Galbraith, Nixa Betsy Poindexter and husband, Max, Bonne Terre, Mo. and son, William R. "Willie" Lyman and wife, Becky, Strafford, Mo. seven grandchildren, Bridget Lacy and husband, Scott, Springfield Brandy Lyman and fiance, Justin Crigger, Springfield Christopher Stinson, Springfield Megan and Asia Eli, Springfield Chelsea Eli, Nixa, and Brandon Lyman, Strafford and one great-grandchild, Kaedon Lacy, Springfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 11, 2005, at 10 a.m. in Greenlawn South. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Abuse Council, c/o Telecomm Credit Union, Nixa.

Mason E. Martin

LTC Mason E. "Mace" Martin, USA (Ret.), 79, formerly of Northfield, Vt., passed away on March 11, 2013 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, Vt., after a long illness. Mason had lived in the Berlin/Northfield area since the 1970’s. Born in Tonawanda, N.Y., in March 1934, Mason was the son of COL Floyd Martin and Helen Martin. Mason and his younger sister, Sandi, grew up in a vibrant military family, living in several US states, as well as in Europe and Japan.

He later attended Norwich University and graduated in the Class of 1957, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army. He served proudly for 20 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1977. Serving two tours of combat duty in Vietnam in 1967 and 1969, he earned the following decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Galantry with Silver Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Mason married Eileen M. Molloy on July 31, 1960, and was transferred to Anchorage, Alaska, where their son, Shawn, was born. The family would live in Georgia, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, and Japan before Mason and his family retired to Berlin, Vt., in the early 1970’s.

Mason then worked at Norwich University for several years, first teaching Military Science, followed by a few years of serving as the assistant commandant. He later started a wooden toy business with his wife. He and Eileen became members of The Vermont Handcrafter’s Guild and appeared in many juried craft shows throughout New England for nearly ten years.

Difficult differences led Mason and Eileen to divorce in 1990. Mason eventually married Arlyne Martin, a family friend from Tonawanda, N.Y., and reside in Northfield, Vt., where they lived for five years before separating, with Arlyne leaving and returning to N.Y. Mason’s health steadily deteriorated after this and eventually landed him in the Vermont Veteran’s Home, where he flourished beyond expectations for five years.

Mason is survived by his son, Shawn Martin, and his wife, Diana; sister, Sandy Beil, and her husband, Ed; grandchildren, Katrina and Alexander; nephew, Lee, and his family; and niece, Lauren, and her family.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes were interred privately at the Norwich University Cemetery.

Robert W. Morse

Robert W. Morse passed away peacefully at home on November 28, 2012, after a valiant battle against brain cancer.

Robert graduated from Norwich in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. While at Norwich, Bob was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Skiing Team, the Cross Country Team, Track, and the Outing Club. As an alumnus of Norwich, Bob was active in the Norwich University Alumni Association. He showed his love for Norwich University and Stoneham High School by compiling biographies of classmates for their 50th reunion, and representing Norwich at high school career fairs in Florida. Norwich reunions were a highlight in his life where he could reconnect with his buddies with whom he enjoyed deeply satisfying lifelong friendships.

Robert was a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was an expert marksman, winning numerous trophies and medals while representing his company on the Army Pistol Team. Later in life, he enjoyed competing in pistol matches at the Senior Games in Florida. Bob was active in community affairs in Englewood, and served on the board of his homeowners association for many years, and participated in the local computer club and the genealogy club. Bob was a member of the Morse Society. Bob wrote a book about the Morse Museum in Warren, N.H., telling stories of African safaris and world travels made by his father and grandfather as they collected curios displayed in the museum for over 60 years.

Bob was a warm and gentle person with a special gift for dry humor which gave everyone a good laugh. His enduring friendship is cherished by his classmates and friends. Bob rests peacefully with his Lord now, but his spirit lives within all of us who were touched by him. Use his spirit to show kindness to others and turn your sorrow into joy.

Bob was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 54 years, Bunny. In addition to his wife, Beatrice A. (Henderson) Morse, Bob is survived by his brother, Philip M. Morse, Jr.; his step-sisters: Sally Wolfe and Elizabeth Morse; two sons: William and Brian; a daughter-in-law Debra; granddaughters: Jamie, Erin, and Hannah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and granddogs.

A celebration of life will be held on December 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the Englewood United Methodist Church ( in the Doan Chapel. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Englewood Helping Hand at the Church.

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LT COL John A. O'Brien, USA (Ret.)

LT COL John A. O'Brien, USA (Ret.) passed away on March 1, 2009. John entered the Army shortly after graduation and made it his career for the next 22 years.  In those 22 years, he served his country proudly, including overseas tours of duty in France, Germany, Korea, and in Vietnam, combat. He was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal for achievements as chief project manager for the Korea Wideband Network.  Additionally, John received Army Commendation Medals for Meritorious Service in Vietnam and Korea. While on domestic duty, COL O’Brien successfully completed studies for master’s degrees in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology in NY, and in communications from the University of Colorado. Upon his retirement from the Army, John was employed as a communications expert for Martin Marietta, first in Denver, CO, then in Washington, DC.  He was an active member of the Lion's Club in Alexandria, VA and worked for many years in their fundraising campaigns.

John G. Oddy

John G. Oddy Jr., 81 BIDDEFORD POOL - Longtime resident John G. Oddy, 81, passed away peacefully on Nov. 25, 2015, at his home in Biddeford Pool, surrounded by family.

John was born in Methuen, Mass., on April 14,1934. He was the son of Dr. John G. Oddy and Dorothy L. (Flagg) Oddy. He attended local schools before attending Cardigan Mountain School and Kimball Union Academy. He was graduated from Norwich University in 1957 and later earned a masters degree in education from Bridgewater State College in 1960. John taught in public schools in Massachusetts for many years. He belonged to many professional organizations in education. He moved to Biddeford Pool in 1973 to take over the management of the family property, and became an innkeeper and property manager. He enjoyed sailing and interacting with his guests in fascinating conversations over many years.

John is survived by three children, Jill Norton and husband Dave of Hampton, N.H., Jeffrey Oddy and his partner Sandee Appaneal of Cape Coral, Fla., and John Oddy III and wife Diane of Kennebunkport; also seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and a nephew.

There will be no funeral service per John's request. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers, hospice staff, and others who made John's last days peaceful and dignified. Also, thanks to the great people at York Hospital who guided John and his family through this difficult time.

Robert O'Hern

Robert O’Hern, 56, of Falston, MD, died on May 30, 1992. While at Norwich Robert was a very active member of the Corps of Cadets. Robert was involved with the fraternity Theta Chi. Robert was also an active member of Drill Team as well as a member of the Newman Club. Robert graduated in 1957 with a BS in Civil Engineering.

Carl A. "Duke" Pallo

Carl A. "Duke" Pallo, 76, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2012, at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center.

Duke was born on February 3, 1935, in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Norwich University in 1957 with a bachelor of science in engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Honor Tank Platoon, Junior Weekend Committee, Winter Carnival Committee, Canterbury Club, and Drill Team. Upon graduation, he spent five years on active duty in the U.S. Army. He served with the 3/37 Armor in Schweinfurt, Germany where he eared the Master Tank Gunner Designation at Belsen and commanded the lead tank platoon at the FULDA GAP. Upon leaving active duty, Duke took a position as an engineer with the DuPont Corp. in Seaford, Del.

Duke remained in the Army Reserves at Ft. Knox and returned to Louisville, Ky., where he graduated from the Louisville School of Law in 1967 and practiced law in Louisville and Frankfort until 1999. It was then that he was diagnosed with debilitating injuries sustained during ranger school.

Duke will always be remembered for his love of the outdoors, especially with his family boating and camping at Lake Cumberland, but perhaps his greatest enjoyment was his passion for cooking. He enjoyed many lifelong friends and never met a stranger.

Duke is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Ginny; son, John Pallo; daughter, Katie Pallo; stepdaughters, Pam Wetzel, Kristin Thrift; stepson, David Henriksen; eight grandchildren, Chris, Matt, Megan, Caroline, Joshua, Andrew, Katie, Chelsea; sister, Carol Morton of Edinburgh, Scotland; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor the life of Duke will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207. Visitation with the family will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Robley Rex Veterans Medical Center.

Expressions of sympathy may go to the National Kidney Foundation, the Disabled American Veterans or Christ Church United Methodist.

COL William T. Palmer, USA (Ret.)

Colonel William “Bill” Thomas Palmer was born in Rome, NY and grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Psychology. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer for the United States Army Infantry.

Upon commissioning Bill attended The Officer Basic, Airborne, and Ranger Schools at Ft. Benning, GA. His initial assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Leader. This was followed by an assignment with 10th Infantry Division in the Panama Canal Zone in 1959. In 1962, he volunteered for his first of three tours to Vietnam; during this first tour as an Infantry and Ranger Tactics Advisor, moving around the country to several locations.

Upon returning to the U.S., Bill served with the 1/38th of the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Benning, GA as S3 and Company Commander. After completing the Infantry Advanced Course he was assigned as a Ranger Instructor at the Mountain Ranger Camp in Dahlonega, GA as Chief of Patrolling and Tactical Officer.

Bill’s second tour to Vietnam was in 1966; assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade as a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Leader, 17th Cavalry Squadron Commander, and Brigade S4. Upon his return from Vietnam, he completed Command General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS and was assigned for two years to the British School of Infantry in Warminster, England. Following his duties in England, Bill returned to Vietnam in 1970 and served as a Division Operations Officer, Brigade and Battalion S3, and Battalion Commander with the 101st Airborne Division. After returning, he spent three years at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC as Professor of Military Science. While there, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration in 1974.

Next, Bill completed The Special Forces Qualification Course at Ft. Bragg, NC and assumed command of 2/505th Airborne Battalion at Ft Bragg, NC. He was also the Chief of Plans G3 18th Airborne Corps. He then attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and returned to Ft. Bragg as Commander of 7th Special Forces Group in 1980.

Subsequently, Bill was selected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the original Director of Operations, J3, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) where he served in this capacity for four years. His last military assignment was as President of the United States Army Airborne and Special Operations Test Board.

He retired from active military duty to the Fayetteville-area in 1987. After retirement, Bill entered into employment in the private sector as a Consultant, Program and Project Manager with several major defense contractors.

Bill was exceptionally active in the Fayetteville community, serving on numerous boards, often simultaneously. He was on the Cumberland County Mental Health Board for six years. He was a member and President of The McFayden Lake Association where he saved the lake from being permanently drained. As chairman of the board of the Windows of Opportunity, an area sheltered workshop, he led the organization through financial issues, out of bankruptcy and into a viable entity providing employment opportunities for disabled individuals. For a number of years he served as President of the JFK Special Warfare Museum Association and implemented a scholarship program for family members of Special Operations Soldiers.

Bill was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1-OLC), Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star (7-OLC-4 with V), Purple Heart, Air Medal (7-OLC), Defense and Army Meritorious Medals, Joint Service and Army Commendation Medal (with V), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantry Mans Badge, Master Parachutist Badge (with combat star), Pathfinder Badge, Special Forces and Ranger Tabs.

Bill has been honored by being selected as a Distinguished Member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Distinguished Member of the Ranger Training Brigade, and Member of the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

Bill loved his church, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, where served in the carpentry ministry, working with Operation Inasmuch, and his favorite, delivering bread to agencies in Fayetteville who serve the homeless and disadvantaged. He was known as “Mr. Bread Man.”

In his free time, Bill loved to hunt and fish, and he passed those joys along to his son and granddaughter. He was an excellent marksman and enjoyed shooting sporting clays, skeet and trap. He also loved his many Labrador retrievers.

Bill is survived by his wife 55 years, Diane, his daughter Tracey, son Bill and wife Renee, and granddaughter Sarah.

William Riedl

William Riedl, 67, of Pacific Grove, CA, died on May 14, 2002. While at Norwich William was a very active member of the Corps of Cadets. William was involved with the Honor Tank Platoon, Junior Weekend Committee, Maroon Key, football, track, Varsity Club, and the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. William was also a member of Skull and Swords. William graduated in 1957 with a BA in Government studies.

Peter C. Salmonsen

Peter C. Salmonsen, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a Carmel realtor, died of prostate cancer at his home in Carmel Valley, CA on Feb 6, 2008, at age 72.

He was born October 26, 1935 in Worcester, MA and lived in Carmel for 33 years. He graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, VT in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and obtained his Master’s in Business in 1968 from the University of Richmond in Virginia. Colonel Salmonsen served 27 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam. Among his many awards were the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal and the Senior Parachutists Badge.

In addition to working as a Sotheby’s realtor for 20 years, he was very involved in the community. He ran the “Bingmobile” for Carmel Youth Center and Carmel High Padre parents and also co-founded the Carmel Run for Fun“ds”. He and his wife, Gail, served as guides at the Monterey Aquarium for ten years, starting with the first Aquarium Guide Training class. He was a founding board member of the Big Sur International Marathon; an early member of FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools); served for many years on the steering committee of the Prostate Cancer Support Group and was a volunteer at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at CHOMP.

Pete was a dedicated runner and fitness devotee and was proud of his 30-year record of opening the Carmel Valley Racquet Club at 5:30 am, as a member of the Morning Group. Colonel Salmonsen is survived by Gail, his wife of 50 years, sons Brian (Lori) of Monterey, Paul (Mary) of Ventura, daughter Laura and son Carl (Monique) of Sacramento and seven grandchildren Ryan, Tyler, Kyle, Kate, Andrew, Robert, and James.

The family suggests that contributions be made to Hospice of Monterey Peninsula or a charity of your choice.

Robert F. Stevens

Robert F. Stevens Sr., formerly of Keene, died July 24, 2014, at home in Holly Springs, N.C. He was born Feb. 4, 1934, son of Orborne and Mary Stevens of Charlestown.

He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in civil engineering and later obtained his master's from the University of Vermont. He married Dianne Schiff on Dec. 22, 1956, before becoming a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers. After his service in the Army, he was a civil engineer for the state of Vermont, a licensed real estate agent in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, a business owner in Barre, Vt., and held other positions prior to retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dianne Stevens of Holly Springs, N.C.; daughter, Patricia Munson and her husband, David, of Jacksonville, Vt.; sons, William Stevens of Raleigh, N.C., Daniel Stevens of Raleigh, N.C., Raymond Stevens and his wife, Lisa, of Monument, Colo., and Robert Stevens Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Tyrone, Ga.; daughter, Sandra Stevens and her husband, Donald McAllister, of Guilford, Vt.; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Audrey Nelson. His sister Christine Stevens died earlier.

 Services were held July 31 at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Fuquay Varina, N.C. A private ceremony will be held at a later date in Keene, for his interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery. 

Redmond J. Wilcox

Redmond J. Wilcox, 75, of Boonville, NY died Monday evening in Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, NY where he had resided since February 8. He was born in Port Leyden on November 18, 1934, the son of Redmond and Ruth Bates Wilcox, and was a graduate of Port Leyden School.

In 1957, he graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Redmond led a very active life while at Norwich. He was a member of the Ski Team, Newman Club, and Outing Club all four years. He was on the Cross Country Team his first three years, and was track manager his sophomore year. Redmond was also a member of the Varsity Club his last three years at Norwich. He was an avid skier and enjoyed golf. He later became employed by the NY State Dept of Transportation as a highway engineer. In 1971, he married Barbara A. Lange.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Kelsey, of Boonville, and Terry Walker, of Washington, DC; one son, David Wilcox, of Hillsdale, NY; one stepson, Stephen Hemp, of Hilton Head, SC; and one step-grandson, Brian Hemp. Redmond was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Port Leyden, NY.

Paul George Zarynoff

Paul George Zarynoff, 76, of Cumming, Ga., passed away on August 6, 2011. He was born in Grafton, Mass., on June 12, 1935.

Paul attended Wilbraham Academy in his early years and graduated from Norwich University in 1957 with a bachelors of arts in aviation administration. While at Norwich, he was a member of Pegasus Players, the baseball team, the football team, Tau Delta Phi, and Alpha Eta Rho.

Paul served in the US Army as an intelligence officer and received many medals and commendations, including the Army and Navy Commendation, Bronze Star Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. After his active duty, he worked as a Litigation and Security Consultant until his retirement.

Paul was a long-time Cumming resident and he loved coaching football. His experience ranged from the professional level, the United States Football League (USFL), and with the American Football League (AFL). He was one of the co-founders and first Commissioner of the World Indoor Football League (WIFL) Arena Football. He had been a featured speaker at national coaching clinics. Coach "Z", as he was known, had over 48 years of coaching experience. He had been a high school coach, re-started the Milton High School middle school football program, and he started the Centennial High School middle school program. Coach "Z" started Pop Warner Football in Forsyth County, and coached youth football at Northeast, North DeKalb, the Atlanta Colts, and Sandy Springs. He was inducted into the Southern Football League Hall of Fame in 2007, and he was inducted into the North Georgia Football League (NGFL) Hall of Fame in 2008. The NGFL is a Georgia Middle School football program comprised of 32 High Schools, in Fulton, Cherokee, Cobb, and Douglas Counties. Coach "Z" was at Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County for eleven years. At the Semi - Pro football level, he was head coach of the Atlanta Cowboys, Georgia Pride and Georgia Buccaneers. In his spare time he was an exceptional artist and author.

Paul is survived by his wife, Kay N. Allred, of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, George Paul Zarynoff of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Zarynoff and his wife, Peggy, of Cumming, Ga; a daughter, Donya, and her husband, Tim Manoville of N.J.; four grandchildren, Zachary, Abigail, Claire, and Libby; and his Golden Retriever companion, Garrett. He also leaves behind many friends, including the Brethren of his Quaffers Group who he played golf with annually for over 30 years. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Margaret Zarynoff, and his brother, Sergay George Zarynoff.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 2:30 pm at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Reverend Mike Britt will officiate. Condolences may be expressed online at Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in "Coach Z's memory" for a scholarship to a football graduate to help with his college tuition. Mail your donation to Sequoyah Touchdown Club, P.O. Box 4253, Canton, GA 30114.


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