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

Amy M. Beveridge, (Vermont College), 9/9/2015
Dylan C. Croft
(Vermont College), 12/19/2014
Tracy L. (Jernigan) Keefe, 7/6/2006
Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh, 10/29/2009
Richard W. Mitchell, 2/3/1995
Michael Murdock, (Vermont College), 12/23/2014
Linda Elizabeth Speck, 8/31/1997


Amy M. Beveridge

Amy Margaret Anderson Beveridge, 72 of Bloomfield, died unexpectedly at home on September 9, 2015.

The daughter of the late Archibald and Anna Anderson, Sr., she was born June 20, 1943, in Wildwood, NJ. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Beveridge, who died in October 2014. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University and a Master of Arts degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. She worked for 23 years at the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ. She served in many roles over the years including as the Ruth Dudley Center Director, Christian Education Coordinator, and Stewardship Specialist, and worked in the Department of Church Life and Leadership. She was the author of several resources including one on empowering the ministry of the laity and a curriculum on the healthcare system from a faith perspective. She was a member of the Order of Saint Luke, a religious order whose call is to liturgical-sacramental scholarship teaching, and practice.

Both Amy and her husband Tom were dedicated members of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford where they served in many capacities. As a team, their willingness to offer their valued skills and support to others was unmatched. She had a compassionate and gentle nature that made her especially gifted in providing pastoral care through visits to homebound church members and those in nursing homes. She was the lay pastoral care coordinator for the Cathedral, and a competent Christian educator, helping others in their personal spiritual journeys. Amy had a special connection with nature and God's creation and enjoyed flowers and gardening. She was creative and skilled in many crafts including calligraphy and knitting. She was a member of several knitting and book groups in Bloomfield and of the Cathedral Crafters. Amy was committed to peace and social justice and to helping people. She supported the work of Church Street Eats, the Cathedral's feeding program for the homeless and others in need, and Mother Rose's Boutique, another Cathedral service to the needy that provides clothing, toiletries and other items. She was active in the Women's Global Mission Group that helps bring attention to issues such as human trafficking. She will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to know her.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Andrew Beveridge, of Wilmington, North Carolina; a sister, Nancy Caroline Anderson; and her sister-in-law Lois Czachorowski and her husband Philip Czachorowski of Walpole, MA, and their children Adam, Paul, and Margaret. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Anderson Stetson and Theodora Caroline Anderson and her brother Archibald Cornelius Anderson, Jr.

Calling hours will be held at the Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor, CT on Monday, September 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Miguelina Howell, Vicar of Christ Church Cathedral, will conduct a prayer service at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, at Christ Church Cathedral located at Main and Church Streets in Hartford. Burial will follow in the Cathedral's Memorial Garden. Gifts in Amy's memory may be made to Church Street Eats, Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford CT 06103.


Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh

Maj. Samuel Carson Leigh, 35, died on Oct. 29, 2009, as a result of an aerial collision over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.

Born in Waterville, Maine, Jan. 9, 1974, Leigh was a 1992 graduate of Messalonskee High School. Major Leigh graduated from Norwich with a bachelor’s degree in history. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Major Leigh was a 13-year veteran of the Marine Corps, having served in Atlanta and San Diego and two tours of duty in Iraq.

He is survived by his parents, David and Ann Leigh, of Belgrade, Maine; as well as two brothers, Andrew and his wife, Vanessa, and daughter Asha, of Freeport, Maine; and Philip, of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by two aunts and uncles, Robert and Ellen Metzgar, of Ada, Michigan, and Roger and Desi Leigh, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to one of the following: The Leigh Memorial Scholarship Fund, Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee Drive, Oakland, ME 04963; The Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211; or to The S. Carson Leigh Memorial Fund, Forest Hills High School, Jackman, ME 04917.


Michael Murdock

Michael Murdock, 63, of Montpelier, Vermont, died on Dec. 23, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Bill and Mildred Murdock. Michael attended schools in Massachusetts, Maine and Michigan, received his Bachelor of Arts from Vermont College and his Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Saint Michael's College.

Michael leaves his partner, Gale Slayton Harris, and her son, Clancy Harris; a brother and sister-in-law, James Murdock and Ginny Toner; a sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Larry Libby; a daughter, Culynn Murdock, stepdaughter Marin Bowman and her partner, Chris Winter; two grandchildren, Fiona and Shea Winter; three nieces, Jennifer and Liz Libby and Sara Murdock; and innumerable friends who loved him as much as he, with all of his huge heart, loved them.

Michael co-owned Charles River Movers in Boston, Massachusetts, with his brother Jamie for 25 years, followed by his work in Vermont as a substance abuse counselor. An accomplished musician and writer, Michael co-produced several CDs of his unique blend of original blues and folk music, laced with straightforward, often wry lyrics. He was an integral part of the Boston blues scene for many years and had three Vermont bands, Car Tunes, The Vermont All-Stars, and The Heckhounds. Michael will be remembered for his love of family, mentoring of many young musicians, his sardonic wit, creativity and generosity of spirit.

A celebration of his life is being planned; notice will be given. 



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