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ARTHUR LEVY     (posted: January 19, 2016)
(from the Burlington Free Press).
Arthur Maurice Levy, MD, age 85, passed away on Thursday, January 7th, surrounded by his family. Art was born on November 20, 1930 in Saranac Lake, New York, son of Dr. Edward and Mildred (Aaronson) Levy. Art received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1952, and graduated from Cornell University Medical School in 1956. He continued his medical training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, completing a residency in Medicine in 1958. He came to Burlington, Vermont the following year, completing a residency at Mary Fletcher Hospital in 1959. Art became the first Cardiology fellow at Mary Fletcher and the University of Vermont in 1960. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital in Boston in 1963, applying his training to the University when he returned. The family held a private memorial in January. A celebration of Art's life will be held at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering Center, 291 Bostwick Farm Road in Shelburne, Vermont at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016. For a complete obituary, click  here.

JUDY A. COHEN     (posted: January 1, 2016)
(from Burlington Free Press)  Dr. Judy A. Cohen, 62, passed away quietly at home, surrounded by those she loved after a courageous battle with breast cancer, on Wednesday, 30 December 2015. She was born in Burlington, VT on 30 January 1953. Judy graduated from Burlington High School, the University of Vermont, and received her M.S.N. from The University of Michigan, and her PhD. from Wayne State University. She was a member of the Navy Nursing Corp, attaining the rank of Captain before her retirement. She retired from her professorship at the University of Vermont School of Nursing in May, 2015. She was known as the consummate teacher and mentor, winning the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence, The Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award for Vermont Women in Higher Education, the Service Award from the Vermont Nurses Association and the Excellence in Education Award from the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. Her activities included Vice President, UVM Faculty Senate; Faculty Senate Executive Council; President, Vermont State Nurses Association; Vice President, Vermont Ethics Network; Board of Governors, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue; and member of the Hebrew Holy Society.

Services will be held at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 1, 2016. The family will receive visitors for Shiva Saturday through Wednesday, 7-9 PM and Sunday at 2-4 PM at 22 Arbor Road, S. Burlington, VT.

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LARRY KOST     (posted: January 1, 2016)
(from Burlington Free Press)  Larry Lyle Kost passed away on December 26, surrounded by his loving wife and sons. He was born in Houston, Texas on January 9, 1943 to Dorris and Lyle Kost. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in Houston he went on to graduate school in Mathematics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, with his first wife Maury. It was there that his first son David was born. From graduate school Larry went to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he began his career in teaching mathematics and where his second son Brian was born. In 1973 Larry joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Vermont and reconnected with his high school and college friends Jim (who was already part of the Math Department at UVM) and Pat Burgmeier. In 1975 Larry met and married Rhonda and had his third son Jason, in Burlington. Larry settled in Burlington where he spent the next 42 years teaching mathematics at UVM to over 7000 students.

There will be a celebration of Larry's life on Friday, January 8th at 11 AM at the Billings North Lounge at the University of Vermont, with a reception to follow.

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ROBERT COON     (posted: December 21,2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press0)  Robert (Bob) William Coon died on December 12, 2015 at the Vermont Respite House, surrounded by his family. Bob was born July 13, 1920 in Billings, Montana, the eldest son of Stella F. and Cordon W. Coon. He attended school in Belgrade, MT. and Buffalo, N.D. and was a graduate of North Dakota State University and The University of Rochester Medical School, N.Y. While serving in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II, he met Lt. Commander Jeannette (Judy) Chute, a nurse from Owego, NY. They married in 1947. Bob brought lessons learned as a farm boy to his way of life. Think and observe with commitment. Bring patience and grit to your challenges. Do your work with honesty and fairness. Work day by day. His career in medicine; as a teacher, clinician and administrator, reflected these lessons and his deeply held values for service and excellence. Many will remember him by academic titles. For eighteen years, starting in 1955, he was Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Pathology, University of Vermont. When he retired in 1985, he was Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Between the bookends of those appointments, he held additional, often concurrent, titles for service or contribution to his profession. He held positions linked to comprehensive medical and health education and delivery of healthcare. Others will remember him as the retired "doc" who gave so much as a volunteer to community organizations such as SCORE, AARP, American Red Cross and his condo association. Bob was a seer and a doer. He gave his hand and heart to his family, friends and community with generosity, grace and humor.

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ALFRED C. "TUNA" SNIDER     (posted: December 21, 2015)
(from UVM Communications) Alfred C. “Tuna” Snider, the University of Vermont’s beloved debate team director and an international legend in the arena of academic argument, died Friday, Dec. 11. Snider, who was UVM’s Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Forensics, led the university’s Lawrence Debate Union for more than three decades and took the student team to international acclaim. UVM currently ranks 15th in the world among academic teams in the International Debate Education Association and reached the No. 7 spot in 2011, joining the top 10 alongside the distinguished debaters at Yale and Cornell universities, Oxford and Cambridge universities in England and the London School of Economics.

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JANE AMBROSE     (posted: November 6, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press). Jane Perlis Ambrose, of Barber Farm Road, Jericho, VT, died peacefully at home in the embrace of her family on November 1, 2015. She was Professor Emerita of Music, having served ten years as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Vermont and for twenty-three years as Director of UVM's George Bishop Lane Artists' Series.

Jane was born on July 16, 1939, in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Rose Winer Perlis and Harry Perlis. In addition to studying flute with James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she was schooled at Newton High, Skidmore College, and UVM, where she earned an M.A. in music in 1963. While on the music faculty at Eastern Michigan University, she entered the doctoral program in music at the University of Michigan. In 1965 she laid that work aside and returned to Burlington to marry Zuell Philip Ambrose and soon began to teach flute and music history at UVM. Recognized over the years for her excellent teaching, in 1991 she became the first recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture Series Outstanding Scholar and Teacher Award. In 2010 the Vermont Council on the Arts awarded her the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts for her work as Director of the Lane Series. Jane's research and published articles centered on early music, J. S. Bach, Baroque and Renaissance performance practice, and women composers. She also published hundreds of book reviews on a broad range of topics. Her interest in music history was informed and complemented by regular performances on modern flute, recorders, and the Baroque transverse flute, in which she was something of a pioneer. For about twenty-eight years she performed with Phil and their friends, Bill and Liz Metcalfe, Jill Levis, Larry Read, Peter Tourin, and others in the UVM Baroque Ensemble. She also performed frequently at the Festival of Baroque Music in Saratoga as well as in concerts with her colleagues in the UVM Music Department. Jane amassed a huge collection of books and seldom let a day pass without several hours of reading.

There will be a service of remembrance at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 a. m., with reception to follow. It is requested that in lieu of flowers contributions in Jane's honor be to the UVM Music Department, the UVM Lane Series, or the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.

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ROBERT SOFFERMAN     (posted: October 26, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Robert Alan Sofferman, 73, drifted peacefully to his next adventure on Wednesday, October 14th, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Milburn, NJ, Bob was the son of Irving and Helen Sofferman. He attended Milburn High School where his lifelong love of golf was kindled. Bob graduated from Lehigh University in 1963 as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He graduated magna cum laude and was invited to become a member of Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1967. He began his surgical internship at the University of Colorado in 1968, where he met and married his wife of 47 years, Barbara (McCann) Sofferman.

In 1975 the family moved to Colchester, VT, where Bob took what he thought would be a temporary appointment as a member of the Department of Otolaryngology and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He loved it so much that he stayed on for the remainder of his career, becoming Chairman of the Otolaryngology Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care in 1977, and Professor of Surgery in the college of medicine in 1993. When Bob joined the Otolaryngology Department there were only three surgeons, and he was very proud of the fact that, over time, he grew the practice to ten surgeons,in addition to many other support staff.
The most fulfilling aspect of his professional career was helping to train his many residents and medical students , many of whom became like family. He was a member of the Vermont State Medical Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Head and Neck Society, the Triological Society, and the National Ultrasound Faculty of the American College of Surgeons. Bob received many honors and awards including the H. Gordon Page Surgical Clinician Award from the UVM Department of Surgery; the Harris P. Mosher Award –American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society ; and the Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. "Dr. Bob" was a consummate teacher, and was extremely committed to giving back to his profession. He wrote and edited many articles in professional journals, presented at conferences and was a guest lecturer or visiting professor at symposia around the world. He wrote and edited chapters in textbooks, and authored or edited several books. Bob was a pioneer in many aspects of his profession, including the implantation of cochlear implants in the 1980s and promoting and teaching the use of ultrasound in the practice of otolaryngology in more recent years. After retirement,he continued to train Otolaryngologists in the use of ultrasound .

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ROBERT STANFIELD     (posted: October 1, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Robert Everett Stanfield passed away at his home on September 28th, 2015 with his loving wife of 55 years by his side. Robert was born on December 28, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Theophilus Bramwell Stanfield and Winnie Mercer (Brown) Stanfield. He attended public schools in both Queens County and King County. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He received his degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1957 from the uptown campus of the College of the City of New York (CCNY), having majored in philosophy. From 1957 to 1963, he was a graduate student in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University, receiving in the field of sociology the degrees of Master of Arts in 1961 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1963. During his years at Harvard, he was a resident tutor at Kirkland House from 1958 to 1960 and a non-resident tutor from 1960-1963. Upon graduation from Harvard, Robert joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst as an assistant professor of sociology from 1963 to 1969. In 1969 he and his family moved to Vermont where he joined the faculty of the University of Vermont as an associate professor of sociology, becoming a professor of sociology in 1973 In 1973, he was also appointed Executive Assistant to the President, serving in that position until 1990 with interim president Wayne Patterson, president Lattie Coor, interim president John Hennessey and president George Davis. He also served as the University Marshal for a number of years.

Visiting hours will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, October 9th at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home located at 71 Pleasant St, Essex Jct. A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 10th at 10am at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry St, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lyric Theatre Capital Campaign PO Box 1688, Williston, VT 05495. Arrangements are in the care of Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home,

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HERBERT DURFEE     (posted: September 30, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Herbert Ashley Durfee, Jr., M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with family at his side, peacefully died on September 21, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Herbert was born on November 5, 1924 in Burlington, VT. He was one of four children of Herbert A. Durfee, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UVM '20) (b. 8/14/1897, d. 2/24/1949) and Margaret Elizabeth Spaulding Durfee (b. 1/11/1898, d. 1/6/1990). He graduated from Burlington High School (Edmunds) in 1942. He attended and received a bachelor of science degree from Yale University and an M.D. from the University of Vermont in 1948. He completed a two-year rotating internship at the Lennox Hill Hospital in New York prior to taking a year of fellowship in pathology with Dr. Arthur Hertig at the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline, MA. Following two years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force (Medical Corps) in Wiesbaden, Germany, Dr. Durfee returned to Boston where he did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Boston Lying-In Hospital and the Free Hospital for Women.

Dr. Durfee joined the University of Vermont faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as instructor in 1957 and rose to professor in 1970, where he remained until his retirement in 1990. He served the university with distinction in numerous administrative capacities, reflecting the unwavering esteem he is accorded by his colleagues. For many years beginning in 1966, he served as associate chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and on four occasions as acting chair. He championed the problem-oriented-medical-record in lectures and publications both locally and nationally. Dr. Durfee also served the community in many ways. He twice was elected president of the medical staff of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (University of Vermont Medical Center) and served with distinction on numerous hospital committees. He was chair of the Vermont section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on two occasions and contributed important service to this organization, both at the regional and national levels. Dr. Durfee was known by three decades of medical students, residents, and fellow faculty members for his quiet and practical approach to the teaching of healthcare delivery for women and for his superb clinical acumen.

A memorial service celebrating Herbert's life will be held at 11:00am, on Friday, October 16, 2015, in St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Herbert's memory to the University of Vermont Medical Center's ""Mother-Baby Project"", 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT, 05401 or to the UVM Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT, 05405.

Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service. To send online condolences, please visit: .

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JOHN C. PAGE     (posted September 23, 2015)
(from the Rutland Herald) John Calvin Page, 91, died on September 7, 2015. John was born in Johnson, Vermont, on May 17, 1924, to Arthur and Rebecca (Owen) Page. He grew up during the Depression in a large family of subsistence farmers, attended primary school in Johnson and Hyde Park, and Randolph Agricultural School. He then worked at J.C. Penney's farm. He attended UVM, where he was a member of the Alpha Zeta fraternity, graduating with a B.S. in agronomy in 1950. He continued his education at Ohio State, graduating with his MS in 1951. After working briefly for the Soil Conservation Service, John became the UVM Agricultural Extension Agent for Agriculture in Bennington County, a position he held from 1952 to 1986. He was a UVM Professor Emeritus, and recently was awarded UVM's Sinclair Cup. After retirement John went on to serve as a Vermont State Representative and Vermont State Senator.

There will be a memorial service at the Second Congregational Church at 11 a.m. on October 10, 2015, with a time to visit with the family afterward. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the 4-H Foundation, c/o Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957 Bennington, VT 05201. Alternatively, plant a vegetable garden and share its bounty with your neighbors, as John would have you do.

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DAVID BABBOT     (posted: September 2, 2015)
from the Burlington Free Press) David Babbott died peacefully Sunday, August 23 at the University of Vermont Medical Center surrounded by loving family. He was 87. David was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 19, 1927 to Dr. Frank L. Babbott and Elizabeth French Babbott. He completed his early education in Brooklyn and at the Millbrook School. In 1946, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served at Fort Richardson, Alaska. David entered Amherst College in 1947, graduated cum laude in 1951 and then received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1955. He completed his graduate medical education at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and at New England Medical Center in Boston, MA. Following three years spent practicing internal medicine in Hartford, he served as Assistant Director of Medical Education at Hartford Hospital, beginning what would become a career-long focus on the art of teaching patient care. The family moved to Vermont in 1967 when Dr. Babbott was appointed Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. From 1971 to 1993 he was on the full-time faculty in the Department of Medicine and was Director of Medical Education for eighteen years. He served as a role model, mentor, and advocate for hundreds of medical students, residents, and junior colleagues as they flowed through the Department of Medicine. He was notorious for his keen wit, his enthusiasm for puns, and his astonishing collection of plaid and multi-colored pants. What his former students, colleagues, and hospital employees will also remember was his warmth, excellent listening skills, insightful questions, and deep commitment to their personal and professional growth. He loved his work, and his affection for those in the Department of Medicine and at the Medical Center was reciprocated. On the occasion of his retirement as Professor Emeritus of the Department of Medicine in 1993, the Medical Residents' Library was named and endowed in his honor. An enthusiastic and active member of the American College of Physicians, David was elected to Fellowship in 1964, served as Governor of the Vermont Chapter from 1991 until 1995, and was named Laureate of the Vermont Chapter in 1996. He was appointed by the ACP to numerous national committees, commissions, and federally funded undergraduate medical education projects.

A memorial service will be held September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1063 Prim Road, Colchester, VT. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services.

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October 19, 2015
The UVM-RFAO Fall Luncheon with guest speaker,
UVM Professor of Medicine and UVM Vice-President for Research Richard A. Galbraith, will be held at the DoubleTree Inn in South Burlington on Monday, October 19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Menu and reservation information will be postal mailed to the RFAO membership as well as posted here on the website.

RICHARD MUSTY     (posted: August 5, 2015; revised: August 25, 2015: August 26, 205)
Professor Emeritus of Psychology Richard (Rik) Musty passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Professor Emeritus Musty received his Ph.D. from McGill University and joined the University of Vermont faculty in 1968. He served the university as an exceptional teacher, scholar and colleague for 37 years. He was chair of the Department of Psychology for 12 years (1975-1987), the longest term of any UVM Psychology chair. During his term as chair many faculty in the Department achieved national prominence for their scholarship. Professor Emeritus Musty was the author of nearly 100 scholarly publications. His pioneering research on cannabinoids for therapeutic applications contributed to the development of two new drugs, one for neuropathic pain and one for weight loss in obesity. He received an Open Society Institute Project Fellowship on the medical uses of marijuana, was an expert panelist on the Institute of Medicine's report to the President on marijuana as medicine in 1998, and was a founding member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

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(from Diana St. Louis): There will be a Celebration of Rik Musty's life on Friday, October 23rd 3:00pm, hosted by the Department of Psychological Science. Location: John Dewey Hall, Room 314. There is limited space, but we still hope a number of his grads and colleagues will attend. Family are also to be included. Please send memories and stories to

CHRISTOPHER MCAREE     (posted: August 1, 2015)
(from Faith Funeral Home)  Dr. Christopher McAree Dr. Christopher McAree, 82, of Stowe, died peacefully on July 29, at his home. He was born on November 16, 1932 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the son of Francis and Margaret (nee; O’Donnell) McAree. Chris graduated from Queens University in Belfast receiving medical training in pediatrics, surgery and neurology followed by post-graduate work at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in London, and McGill University in Montreal where he completed his medical degree and residency. In Canada, Chris left Canada for the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1962 where he worked for 30 years as a clinician and professor. He held various roles at UVM including Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Director of Undergraduate Medical Education; Director of Crisis Services and Coordinator of the Clinical Core in Psychiatry. Dr. McAree loved his patients and his students. He also had a strong interest in structural anthropology and sociology in relation to drugs and collaborated extensively with the Sociology Dept., publishing a number of scientific papers on drug abuse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 5 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe, followed by a burial at Riverbank Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661. Faith Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. The complete obituary and online condolences may be made by visiting

ELAINE KEEN HARRINGTON     (posted: July 19, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  ELAINE KEEN HARRINGTON - MIDDLESEX - Elaine Keen Harrington of Middlesex passed away peacefully at home on July 16, 2015, surrounded by her family, after a long illness. She was born in Red Bank, N.J., on March 12, 1950, as the oldest of eight children of Harry and Mildred Keen. Always an excellent student, she graduated a year early from Mater Dei High School in Middletown, N.J., and received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Lyndon State College and an M.A. in English from the University of Vermont. She met her future husband, Paul Harrington of Montpelier, during an 8 a.m. English class at Lyndon State. Years later, she would tell her students at the University of Vermont that there could be added benefits to taking an early morning English class.

Her writing and editing experiences included the Times Argus and Rutland Herald, Vermont Life Magazine, and the UVM Vermont Quarterly. She taught Journalism, Expository Writing, and American Literature at UVM and English as Second Language at Spaulding High School and in language schools in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, England. She was a Board member of the Vermont Council of the Humanities and previously served as a Board member of the Vermont Council of the Arts. Over the past few years she has recorded commentaries for Vermont Public Radio. To listen to her commentaries, please go to:

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WILLIAM LEWIS     (posted: July 11,2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) DR. WILLIAM J. "BILL" LEWIS BURLINGTON - Dr. William J. "Bill" Lewis, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of Vermont, passed away at home on July 8, 2015, from an age related illness. Bill was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Twin Groves, Idaho, the first child of William J. and Elsie (Roberts) Lewis. He attended schools in St. Anthony, Idaho, nurturing his love of words through the dramatic arts, and as a champion debater at St. Anthony High School. Old scrapbooks reveal he was well respected and popular, with a charming wit, and that his dance cards were always full. Bill enrolled at Brigham Young University. His course work was interrupted when, during World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy. Learning continued, at Midshipman School at Columbia University, Communications School at Harvard University, and while he served as Communications Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shamrock Bay. After W.W.II, Bill returned to Brigham Young, earning B.A. degrees in Speech and Physics. In 1948, he obtained his M.A. in Mass Communication from Northwestern University, and in 1955, a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Florida, this while helping to produce radio and television programs at WRUF in Gainesville, Fla., and WJXT in Jacksonville.

Bill began his distinguished career at the University of Vermont, first, as a professor in the department of Communication. In conjunction with that role, as the department's Director of Radio and Television, he hosted the program, "Living and Learning" on local CBS affiliate WCAX-TV. He served as head of UVM's Mass Communication Division, and as Interim Department Chair. The scope of his contributions to Vermont's educational landscape is broad and historic. Bill was the founder and first station manager of WRUV, and the Director of a project report sponsored by the Ford Foundation that was instrumental in bringing public television to the state of Vermont. On a sabbatical leave during the 1967/68 school year, Bill was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, while assisting noted semanticist S.I. Hayakawa.

In 1981, Bill became a professor in UVM's Department of Sociology. Students who kept in touch with him, and there were many, inevitably commented that his courses in General Semantics, Interpersonal Communication and others, were some of the most memorable and rewarding they had experienced. In 1988, Bill was the recipient of a Fellow Award from the National Association of Interpretation for his written and oral achievements. He was cited as, "<$>The most knowledgeable and experienced oral communication specialist in the nation, and, perhaps, the world." In 1989, the year of his retirement from UVM, he received the college's George V. Kidder Award for excellence in teaching and motivating students.

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DAVE MORENCY     (posted: July 2, 2015)
from the Burlington Free Press)  David "Dave" Charles Morency, educator and beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died at his home in Williston on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a brief illness. Dave was born in Salem, Mass., on Sept. 11, 1938, to the late Joseph and Irene Morency.

He began his teaching career at the University of Vermont in 1973, where he initiated an Operations Research course and taught Calculus and other undergraduate classes for many years. Dave had a genuine love of teaching, and was excited by the questioning minds of his students; he found great satisfaction in mentoring and guiding them. In addition to teaching, Dave oversaw the College of Technology Co-op Program, was involved in VMI (Vermont Math Institute) and helped to conduct the annual Math Prize Exam held by the Math Department. Dave retired from UVM in 2001, maintaining close friendships with many colleagues and students.

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DANIEL GADE     (posted: June 18, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) As the white flowers on his yellowwood trees faded, Daniel W. Gade, 78, of Burlington, died in the Vermont Respite House on June 15, 2015. He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Sept. 28, 1936, to Hugo W. and Evelyn J. Gade. Dan graduated from high school in La Porte, Ind., in 1954. He received the B.A. degree from Valparaiso University (Indiana) in 1959, an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1960, and an M.S., followed by a Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. Daniel Gade arrived at the University of Vermont in 1966 as one of the group of four dedicated young geographers who established geography as an academic subject at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He taught primarily courses in cultural geography, cultural ecology (with the anthropology department), and geography of Latin America. For more than a decade, he also taught an elective course, always heavily subscribed, on the geography of wine. He supervised theses and for a decade was chairman of the Latin American studies program. In 198081, he served as the overseas director of the Vermont Overseas Study Program at the Universite de Nice.
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RITA MURRAY     (posted: June 18, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Rita W. Murray, 93, passed away on Monday morning, June 15, 2015, at The Residence at Otter Creek. She was born on Oct. 7, 1921, in Middlebury, the daughter of the late Mose and Elizabeth (Weinle) Wemitt. She was a graduate of Middlebury High School. Afterward, she became a secretary working for the State of Vermont. She retired from the University of Vermont Extension Service, after 20-plus years.
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ROBERT JAMES "BOB" SLATER     (posted: May 28, 2015)
from the Burlington Free Press)  Dr. Robert "Bob" James Slater passed away peacefully on Good Friday, Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson, Md. Dr. Slater "Bob" was 91 years old. He was born in 1923 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to James and Helen Slater. His wife, Elizabeth Joan Slater, passed away on March 7, 2015, just three and a half weeks prior to Bob's passing. The couple was married for almost 65 years.  In 1962, Bob was appointed the Dean of the University of Vermont Medical School in Burlington, Vt., and served in that capacity until 1966. A celebration of the lives of Dr. Robert James Slater and Elizabeth Joan Hall Slater will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the home of Brian and Jennifer Slater, 2111 Mt. Philo Road, Charlotte, Vt. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Lund Family Center, 140 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.- See more at:

ALAN PHILIP WERTHEIMER     (posted: April 16, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Alan Philip Wertheimer, professor emeritus of political science at UVM and senior research scholar in the Department of Bioethics at The National Institutes of Health, died Friday, April 10, 2015, with his loving family present. Alan is survived by his wife, Susan of Burlington; daughters, Rachel and Rebecca of Portland, Maine; son, Joel of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son-in-law, Andrew Pixley; and Joel's companion, McKensey Smith.

Alan arrived Aug. 19, 1942, in Manhattan, born to Jean Dessau Wertheimer and Philip Wertheimer. He spent his childhood in Larchmont, N.Y., earned his B.A. at New York University, and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He arrived at UVM in 1967, and served on the faculty of the Political Science Department until his retirement in 2005. A committed university citizen, he was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in the 1970s, served as department chair for many years, and was selected as University Scholar for the 1995-96 academic year. Alan earned fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and in the Professional Ethics Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he also was a visiting faculty member for two years. A dedicated scholar, he authored numerous books and articles, most recently, "Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research: Widening the Lens," published by Oxford University Press and "Consent to Sexual Relations," published by Cambridge University Press. After retiring from UVM, Alan accepted a one-year fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, then under the direction of Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel.

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BEAL HYDE     (posted: April 7, 2015)

(from the Burlington Free Press)  Beal Baker Hyde died on March 31, 2015. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 26, 1923, the first of two boys born to Alice Beal Baker and Mark Powell Hyde. He spent his boyhood in Wellesley Hills, Mass. In his young life, he was fortunate to attend two summer camps, one in Vermont where he learned to swim. Later he spent two summers on the Prairie Trek Expedition exploring the southwestern U.S. Influenced by these adventures, Beal became a very active and outdoorsloving man. He led his family on several back-pack trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

He enjoyed skiing and swam every day at noontime during his tenure at University of Vermont. At age 18, Beal enrolled at Amherst College, where he studied until the bombing of Pearl Harbor compelled him to enlist in the Army Air Force. He served in India and China. Upon his return from the service, he completed his undergraduate degree and received a PhD in Botany from Harvard. He met, courted, and married Margaret Lynn "Peggy" Powe. With Peggy at his side, Beal took academic positions at, among others, the University of Oklahoma and Caltech, before settling with their three children in Burlington in 1965.

The Botany department at UVM continues to benefit from his tenure as chairman. He started the Cell Biology program. He served terms as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Ombudsman but also took his role as student advisor very seriously. He was twice on sabbatical, once for a year in Denmark and later for a year in Cambridge, England. He remained at UVM until his retirement.

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SHELDON WEINER     (posted April 7, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press)   BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Sheldon Weiner, 76, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Bonita Springs, Fla. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 25, 1938, the only son of Kate and Murray Weiner. He attended Erasmus Hall High School where he played football and was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Shelly received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Vermont. There he met Louise Magram and they were married on Sept. 5, 1960. He distinguished himself in postgraduate training and as a research associate at the National Center for the Prevention and Control of Alcoholism at the National Institute of Mental Health. Shelly then began his 32 year association as a member of the faculty at UVM, including service as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for 16 years. His research led to new understanding of aspects of alcoholism and led to his being named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He published numerous papers and book chapters in areas of alcoholism, was an editorial reviewer for many journals, and in 2001 was named Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry.

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CARLETON HAINES     (posted: March 30, 2015)
(from Burlington Free Press) Carleton Raymond Haines, MD, FACS passed away on March 25, 2015. Carl was a genuine, hardworking and loving man who showed caring and concern for his family, neighbors and community.  Carleton grew up in Cabot and Barre and attended Spaulding High School.  He received his medical degree from UVM in 1943. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a captain and served in the Philippines and Japan as a medical corpsman from 1944-1946, receiving a purple heart. After returning from the service, Carleton completed a residency in surgery at Mary Fletcher Hospital, an oncology surgery residency at Pondville Cancer Hospital in Walpole, Mass., and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. As early as 1964, he worked industriously to inform Vermonters of the dangers of smoking. Dr. Haines was a frequent participant on the "Across the Fence" television show and was active in development of Tobacco Free Vermont. He served as President of the Chittenden County Medical Society and Vermont State Medical Society. He was Director of Cancer Control for the Vermont Department of Health for over 20 years, and Director of the Tumor Registry from 1950-1972. Dr. Haines worked tirelessly to provide cancer care to the people of Vermont, traveling to Newport and Rutland to provide care. He was involved in research including many early cancer studies, especially breast cancer treatment, and coauthored many articles.  He was a beloved professor of surgery and trained many students to be competent, dedicated physicians. He mentored many younger physicians and assisted in development of the Department of Surgery at Mary Fletcher Hospital. Carleton received the Service to Medicine and Community award in 1994, and the A. Bradley Soule award in 2012. He was head of the UVM Medical School Student Selection Committee for many years and served as Class Agent for his medical school class until his death.

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JOHN FARNHAM     (posted: March 30, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Dr. John E. Farnham died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center with his family by his side. Jack was born in Burlington on Jan. 2, 1930. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947, and Norwich University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. While at Norwich, he received several awards, including Distinguished Military Student and Corps Adjutant. He served two years of combat duty in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, as Company Commander in the 25th Infantry Division Reconnaissance Unit. He later received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the College of Dental Medicine at Tufts University, where he was a member of the Honor Society and Class President. He did his residency in oral surgery at Boston City Hospital.

Jack was appointed as an assistant attending in dentistry at Mary Fletcher Hospital and subsequently received an appointment to the clinical faculty in the UVM College of Medicine. In 1968, he was named Clinical Associate Professor. In 1972, he was promoted to Clinical Professor and Chair of the Section of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1963, he established a dental residency program at Mary Fletcher Hospital, and for decades served as Program Coordinator and Director. He also served as Director of the Burlington Dental Clinic, which provided dental services to thousands of patients. Jack served on numerous committees and held numerous chairs at Mary Fletcher Hospital, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and Fanny Allen Hospital. In addition, he was a Trustee of Fanny Allen Hospital, and was first president of the medical staff of MCHV. Jack served on multiple committees of all the major professional societies in dentistry. He was president of the New England Society of Oral Surgeons and a delegate to the Association of Dental Schools. He was former chair of the Hospital Inspection Committee of the Vermont State Dental Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Cancer Society and was a consultant in forensic odontology, representing Vermont, on the Association of Dental Consultants.

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DON CAPRA      (posted: March 30, 2015)
from the Burlington Free Press) J. Donald "Don" Capra, M.D., President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, died Feb. 24, 2015, at the age of 77, after a year-long struggle with a malignant brain tumor. He was born July 20, 1937, in Burlington, Vt., to Mary DeMaio Capra and Richard Capra of Barre. Don was educated in Barre schools and went on to the University of Vermont in Burlington to get a B.S. in chemistry in 1959 and an M.D. summa cum laude in 1963. In 1958. Don's training took him to New York City for his internship 1963-1965, Washington, D.C., to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research fellowship 19651967, and back to New York City for a guest investigatorship at Rockefeller University. An early experience in research under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Tomasi (also of Barre), while at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, influenced his move to bench research, and in 1967 he took a position at the new medical school of Mt. Sinai in New York City. In 1974, the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Don was appointed full professor of microbiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During the years in Dallas, Don made seminal discoveries in the field of antibodies, and much of his work led to treatments in autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and the improvement and development of new vaccines. In 1997, Don and Pat moved once again to Oklahoma City where Don assumed the presidency of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. During his nine-year tenure there, he doubled the size of the research center and increased its funding from the NIH from $8 million to $27 million. During the last years of his life, he consulted for universities and large and small pharmaceutical firms. He was active in many local and national organizations and was especially proud to become a member of the board of the University of Vermont Foundation.

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DAN ARCHDEACON     (posted: Feb 22, 2015)
(From the Burlington Free Press) Dan Steven Archdeacon, a beloved husband, father and son, brother and friend, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. He spent his final moments at home, surrounded by loved ones. Dan was born in Dayton, Ohio, on May 11, 1954. He spent his early years in Centerville, Ohio, and went on to earn a B.A. at Earlham College (1975) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Ohio State University (1980), where he wrote a groundbreaking and highly cited dissertation entitled, "A Kuratowski Theorem for the Projective Plane." In 1982, he moved to Vermont and joined the faculty of the University of Vermont. Recognized as a leading expert in topological graph theory, Dan published over 70 articles, was an invited speaker at mathematics conferences across the globe (including, just last month, in Slovenia) and held the position of visiting professor at universities in New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, and England. He also helped shape the development of scholar- ship in his field: a prodigious reviewer, he served on the editorial boards of several professional journals. In 2003-04, he was honored by UVM as a University Scholar. Dan especially enjoyed mentoring young scholars. He remained profoundly dedicated to his students and passionate about his field, even in the last days of his life. Dan taught a wide variety of courses and had a unique talent for turning difficult mathematical concepts into fun puzzles.

A memorial service will be held at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 4 p.m. To send online condolences, please visit www.cremation The family wishes to thank Dr. Steven Ades, and the many physicians, nurses, and staff at the Vermont Cancer Center and the Visiting Nurse Association who helped him during these last months. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dan Archdeacon Memorial Fund to support graduate students in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Vermont.

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(From the Burlington Free Press) Ross David Thomson died on Feb. 12, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, due to complications following lung cancer. He was 66. Ross was born on Sept. 21, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., to his parents, Foster and Ramona Thomson. Ross graduated from Arizona State University in 1970, where he double-majored in math and economics. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1976. Ross taught Economics at the New School for Social Research for 15 years before becoming a Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. He wrote and edited books and articles on technological change, and the development of Capitalism in the United States. He was very active at UVM. He created and directed the Integrated Social Sciences Program (ISSP), an inter- disciplinary program that engages socially conscious students by providing a broad view of problems that shape our world. His positions at UVM included Chair of the Economics Department, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was a strong supporter of the faculty union, United Academics, and served as the Chief Negotiator from 2007 to 2008. There will be a memorial service held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit www. A scholarship for ISSP students is being created in his name. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the University of Vermont Foundation, adding a memo saying, "Economics Fund - Ross Thomson." -

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PAULA FIVES-TAYLOR     (posted: January 31, 2015)
from the Burlington Free Press) Paula Fives-Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at UVM Medical College, died under the care of Vermont VNA Hospice on Jan. 28, 2015, in The Respite House, Williston.  Paula earned her doctorate in Medical Microbiology from the University of Vermont in 1973 and going on to achieve international awards for her research. Paula's accomplishments as a microbiologist and mentor will long be honored and remembered by the scientific community. During her long scientific career, Paula contributed significantly to the advancement of oral microbiology. Her research interests in the area of bacterial-host cell interactions have led to her ground breaking findings in two important oral bacteria: Streptococcus parasanguinis, an initiator of dental plaque formation, and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a periodontal pathogen. Paula pioneered research in adhesion of the sanguinis streptococcal group of bacteria to the tooth surface by sugar coated bacterial proteins, and discovered two important bacterial adhesins in this formerly, relatively unknown organism. It turns out both adhesins are highly conserved and widespread in many pathogenic bacteria and have subsequently been extensively studied by numerous investigators all over the world. Paula was also instrumental in the development of the molecular tools that facilitated the study of genes encoding the hairlike proteins associated with the bacterial surface structure called fimbriae, and her laboratory was the first to characterize the fimbriae of Gram-positive bacteria at a molecular level. Her research has enhanced our knowledge of the mechanisms of adhesion of oral bacteria and our understanding of both the fimbrial biogenesis and the genetics of streptococci. Her studies shaped the fields of oral bacterial host interactions, bridging the gap between our understandings of bacterial pathogenesis in the mouth and in the rest of the human body.

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MAUREEN PELKEY     (posted: January 28, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press). The world lost a beautiful soul today when the Lord came looking for an angel. Maureen (Tew) Pelkey, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 30 1945, passed away peacefully the morning of Jan. 21, 2015, surrounded by the love of her family.  Maureen made a career and some great friends for herself at UVM. She was there for 30-plus years, rising up through the ranks to become the Asst. Director of Physical Plant.

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FREDERICK C. EVERING     (posted: January 5, 2015)
(from the Burlington Free Press) March 20, 1936 - Dec. 30, 2014 Frederick C. Evering was born at Baltimore, Md., on March 20, 1936. His father was a dairy farmer and businessman, and his mother a homemaker. He graduated from Loyola High School and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1965. That fall, he and Veronica Cloos were married and moved to Burlington, Vt., where both had careers at the University of Vermont, Fred for 32 years and Veronica for 23. Fred spent about one third of his time in administration and almost always taught at least one course per semester, his favorite being the introduction to electrical engineering for nonmajors. He was Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Business Administration, and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.- See more at:

GEORGE T. LITTLE     (posted: December 23, 2014)
from the Burlington Free Press) George T. Little, of Shelburne, died Dec. 18, 2014, following a short illness. He was born July 28, 1918, in Portland, Maine. He married Virginia Lyle Cole on May 24, 1942. She predeceased him on Nov. 23, 1984. His second marriage was on May 6, 1989, to Elizabeth Born Sproston, who survives him. He is also survived by his children, George Jr., David (Cindy), and Katie; and grandchildren, Tappan, Eric, Matthew, and Heather. He graduated from Bowdoin College, B.A. 1940, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A. 1942, Columbia University, M.A. 1948, and Yale University Ph.D., 1948. He taught political science and international law at Yale (1947), Swarthmore (1948), University of Connecticut (1950), and the University of Vermont (1950-1984), retiring as Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He was instrumental in establishing the Vermont Council on World Affairs, serving in many roles for over 50 years.
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ROBERT CASWELL     (posted: December 16, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Robert Caswell, 84, died on Nov. 10, 2014, in the Kindred Birchwood Center, Burlington, in the company of loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Molly Moore; daughters, Siobhan Glavas and Virginia Mitchell; and stepchildren, Emily Worster and Daniel Kohler. He was predeceased by his son, Stephen. Robert was born on Nov. 24, 1930, in Burlington, to Archie and Florence (Lane) Caswell. He received his BA and MA from the University of Vermont and his Doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. He was a professor of Irish literature at UVM, St. Michael's and Wagner College. He published three books of his own poetry including many poems that celebrated life in Burlington. A celebration of Robert's life will be announced at the convenience of the family.

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Anth 189 D2:SL: Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective (13790) MWF 1:55-2:45 pm - Lafayette L300 (3 credits)
Professor: Jeanne L. Shea, Ph.D. (Email: Open to: Undergraduate Student, Continuing Education, Certificate, Graduate, Medical Student

This course provides an anthropological introduction to issues related to aging and older populations in cross-cultural perspective.  Guided by a UVM faculty member with expertise in psychological and medical anthropology and aging in cross-cultural perspective, the course gives students the opportunity to read about and discuss aging in a wide variety of social and cultural contexts and to gain exposure to lectures and films on the anthropological study of aging. Issues covered include: individual and sociocultural variation in the experience and dynamics of aging; the social representation of aging in cross-cultural context; social issues surrounding older people’s relationships with their partners/spouses and other contemporaries; variation in the nature of relationships across the generations; social organization and forms of social support for and social contributions by elderly people in different societies; and visions for better ways of approaching aging in the fut!

Throughout the course, each student will develop a research question and a scholarly literature review on a topic of the student’s choice involving aging and culture, and write a term paper on that topic, integrating the student’s scholarly literature review together with material covered in assigned readings, lectures, films, and class discussions in the course. Beyond this, students will also gain fieldwork experience on aging in the community through a service learning project. There will be various community placement options to choose from, with flexibility to fit students' schedules. Each student will choose one service learning project, with some choices involving direct volunteer service to seniors, and some options more oriented toward research.

This course is ideal for students with interests in aging, social gerontology, lifecycle perspectives, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, public health, global health, social services, and community-based approaches to wellbeing.

Any questions? Contact:
Jeanne L. Shea, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
515 Williams Hall
72 University Place
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405 U.S.A.
Office Phone: 802-656-3884
Office Fax: 802-656-4406

BRANIMIR FRANCIS VON TURKOVICH     (posted: December 5, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Branimir Francis von Turkovich, died on Nov. 25, 2014, at his home in South Burlington. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia, on Dec. 23, 1924, to Francis von Turkovich and Ana Vucinic. He left Croatia as a young man and attended college in Naples, Italy, where he joined the British Royal Air Force during WWII. After the war, he travelled to Spain to study at the University of Madrid where he obtained a masters and doctorate in naval engineering. In Spain, he married Maria Eulalia Forgas and immigrated with her to the United States in 1952. In 1957, after working as a metallurgist in the machine tool industry in Milwaukee, Wis., he and Maria moved to Urbana, Ill., where he obtained doctorates in physics and mechanical engineering, and became a member of the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois. In 1971, the family moved to Vermont, where he joined the University of Vermont, first, as chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and later, for many years, as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science. He was active in industry and research as a consultant to many domestic and foreign manufacturing corporations. He was appointed to serve at the National Science Foundation as Division Director of Mechanical and Structural Systems, and Design and Manufacturing Systems. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the International Institution for Production Engineering Research, Inc. He was a visiting professor at the universities of Pisa, Palermo, and Bari. In 2001, the Politecnico di Torino awarded him an honorary engineering degree, Laurea ad honorem in Ingegneria dei Materiali. He was an adviser and mentor to many students and researchers, both in the United States and internationally. He retired from teaching in 2003. - See more at:

PETER BALDWIN     (posted: December 4, 2014)
from Burlington Free Press) HINESBURG - Peter D. Baldwin, 68, passed away peacefully Nov. 22, 2014, at home after a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1945, the son of Lyle and Myrtle (Carter) of Hinesburg. He grew up on the family farm in Hinesburg, where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors. He graduated in 1963, and went on to attend UVM where he earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1968. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While at UVM, he was a stand-out soccer player. At one time, he held the record for most goals scored over three seasons and was known for his tenacity. After college, he played semi-professional soccer in Canada. He worked as an assistant coach at UVM under Paul Reinhardt from 1975-81. He was inducted into the UVM Hall Of Fame (1984). See more at:

HENRY M. DOREMUS     (posted: November 20, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Hank Doremus, 99, died peacefully at Indian River Estates on Nov. 9, 2014. Born in Newark, N.J., on March 13, 1915, he was the son of the late Munson G. Doremus and Elizabeth "Bessie" Ward Doremus.

Hank built the Green Mountain Animal Hospital in South Burlington, Vt. - which operates to this day and began what would be a 20-year career with the University of Vermont as a Professor of Pharmacology and Director of Research Animal Facilities.
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WOLFE W. SCHMOKEL     (posted: September 30, 2014)
(from Burlington Free Press)  Wolfe W. Schmokel, 81, of Montpelier,VT died on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at his home. He was born in Waldenburg, Germany, on July 25, 1933, the son of Gunther and Charlotte (Gramm) Schmokel. He served as a professor of History at the University of Vermont from 1962 until retirement in 1989. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Christ Church in Montpelier. For a complete obituary, connect here.

LAURENCE HAINES COFFIN     (posted September 24, 2014)
(from Burlington Free Press) Dr. Laurence Haines Coffin passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 22, 2014. He had been ill from cancer for approximately two years but had appeared to be doing better in recent days. In early 1970, Dr. Coffin moved to Vermont with Roberta and their three children. Dr. Coffin was one of several surgeons from the Cleveland, Ohio, area that all moved at about the same time to Vermont following Dr. John Davis who became Chief of Surgery at the University of Vermont and Mary Fletcher Hospital. Together they created a preeminent surgical program at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Coffin established Vermont's first successful cardiac surgical practice, bringing modern surgical treatment for heart disease to Vermont and the surrounding region for the first time. He served as the Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine for multiple decades, serving countless Vermonters and teaching innumerable young physicians. For more information:

ROBERT LOWELL LARSON      (posted: September 7, 2014)
(from Burlington Free Press). Robert Lowell Larson, 78, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Epoch of Harwich. An avid runner for over 50 years, Bob led an active life even while confronting declining heart health over the last three years. Hildur Forsberg and Lowell Larson celebrated the birth of their only child, Robert, on July 9, 1936, in Worcester, Mass. Bob's life was rich and he leaves a large and loving community; his wife of 52 years, Karin Blom Larson; children, Jonathan and Kimberly; daughter-in-law, Deborah; son-in-law, Scott; grandchildren, Miles Robert and Harper Rose; granddog, Argo; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends considered family. He had a long career and leadership role in the field of education. A graduate of Yarmouth High School and UMass Amherst, he taught high school social studies in Ayer and Plymouth, Mass., and earned his doctorate at Boston University. Bob then joined the faculty at the University of Vermont where over the course of 31 years he became Professor of Educational Administration. The author of several books, including three editions of "Changing Schools from the Inside Out," he finished the last edition the winter before his heart surgery, adding the tagline "Small Wins in Hard Times." He was an active member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Many of his students were school administrators throughout Vermont. See more at:

ALEXANDER DUTHIE     (posted: August 2, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Alexander Harry Duthie, 80, formerly of Shelburne, Vt., died on July 20, 2014, after a long battle with diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Al was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, on Nov. 12, 1933, son of the late Harry Alexander and Delina (LeBlanc) Duthie. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly (Osgood) Duthie; six children, Alexander E. Duthie, Christa DuthieFox, Cynthia Gage, Christina Littlefield, Catherine Duthie, Candice Godfrey; their spouses; and 10 grandchildren. Al served in the United States Army from 19561958, was naturalized as a US citizen after serving, earned a master's degree in dairy manufacturing and technology from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in dairy science and biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. As a full professor at the University of Vermont in the Department of Animal Sciences, Al earned an international reputation for flavor research involving milk and dairy products. He retired in 1989, and he and Bev moved to Fryeburg, Maine, where he enjoyed fishing and gardening. See more at:

DR. THEODORE FLANAGAN      (posted: July 25, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Dr. Theodore "Ted" Flanagan, age 94, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Maury Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was a native of New York, N.Y., a retired professor from The University of Vermont after 30 years, and a United States Army Veteran, serving in WWII as a surgical nurse. See more at:

FAITH EMERSON     (posted: July 12, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Faith G. Emerson, R.N. (inactive), a resident of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, died on July 10, 2014. After graduate work, she accepted a faculty appointment in the then School of Nursing at the University of Vermont in 1959. She was active in University and professional organizations including two five-year appointments to the Vermont State Board of Nursing serving the second five years as President. She served her last few years in administrative positions in the School of Nursing retiring in 1992. See more at:

MALIA (DEAN) HANNOLD     (posted: July 12, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  CARTHAGE, Ind. - Malia (Dean) Honnold, 82, of Carthage, Ind., passed Wednesday, July 9, 2014, surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She was born May 5, 1932, in Burlington, a daughter of Professor Leon and Hazel (Warden) Dean. She was employed at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1966-1993, initially as the Assistant to the Dean for Women and culminating as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid. During her tenure at the University, her greatest reward was the time spent directing the work-study program and helping students attain their life long goal of secondary education. See more at:

DALLAS RICHARD BOUSHEY     (posted: July 8, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Dallas Richard Boushey, 94, retired assistant professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the College of Medicine, University of Vermont, died at his home on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Dallas was employed at UVM from 1937 to 1987. He worked in the Animal Research Department for three years, and spent the last 47 in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department, first as a technician and finally as an assistant professor with tenure. In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree at UVM. See more at:

The 2014 - 2015 application for the UVM Retired Scholars Award Program can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

H. GARDINER BARNUM     (posted: June 15. 2014)
from Burlington Free Press)  H. Gardiner Barnum of South Burlington was born in 1934, the son of the late Horace and Mildred Barnum of Connecticut. Gardiner was a graduate of The Taft School in Connecticut; Middlebury College (BS); and the University of Chicago (MS and PhD). He taught for a short time in the Groton, Conn., school system; served as an officer in the US Army; and taught for 37 years at the University of Vermont. He was a Geographer, with a special research interest in Onomastics. Online condolences may be made by going to www.gregory - See more at:

PRESIDENT SULLIVAN'S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013-2014     (posted June 13, 2014)
Click here for the full 20-page report.

Click here for letter from President Sullivan and Provost Rosowsky.

(from UVM Communications)   Sociologist Stephen Cutler, the Bishop Robert F. Joyce Distinguished University Professor of Gerontology, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. scholar grant, the fourth in his career. Next spring he will travel to the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he will teach “Aging and Social Change: Policy and Ethical Issues,” a powerfully relevant course as the Estonian population who are age 65 and older is projected to increase from 17 percent in 2010 to more than 30 percent in 2060. The impact of such a dramatic shift will be profound, according to Cutler, including an increase in the number of familial generations -- with a corresponding increase in intergenerational caregiving, greater demands on the country’s economic resources, as well as increasing political influence by the elderly. ........ more

PHYLLIS (MCGOVERN) SOULE     (posted: June 6, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Professor Emeritus Phyllis McGovern Soule, 95, a resident of Fairfax, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014. The University of Vermont requested she assume an Instructor position in Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture while completing her master's degree. She was also active in the University Extension Service as a participant in the WCAX, "Across The Fence" programming to educate women about improved nutrition for their families. Phyllis was in the forefront before her time, teaching and aiding in better nutrition for children and families in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. She retired from her University of Vermont Professorial position at the age of 72 in 1989. Mrs. Soule, as called by her students, was sought out as a mentor and teacher to share her many life-long experiences with hundreds of students who continued to remain dear to her heart. Click here for more information.

LAURA FISHMAN     (posted: May 28, 2014)
from an email distributed by the Dean of UVM College of Arts and Sciences)  I write to share the sad news that Dr. Laura T. Fishman, Prof. Emerita of Sociology, passed away on May 22nd. She was a fine colleague and sociologist, an advocate, a dedicated teacher, a tireless mother of her sons, and a charming and unique human being. After graduating cum laude with honors from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1959, she received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and a Ph.D. from McGill University in 1984. She had post-doctoral fellowships in Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research at Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. and National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI). Her book Woman at the Wall: A Study of Prisoners' Wives Doing Time on the Outside (SUNY Press) was published in 1990. She received the UVM Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture Award in the spring of 1998, and the Dr. Coramae Richey Mann Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology in 2000.  Fishman began teaching at UVM in 1971. She had high standards for rigorous thought and excellent writing.  Students gained immensely from her careful editing and Socratic method of sharpening their thinking and argumentation. She was also a very supportive colleague who was eager to exchange ideas with younger faculty members. She was generous with her wisdom and advice, and was valued for her insights, especially regarding racial disparities. She will be missed.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

For her obituary in the Burlington Free Press, click here.

R. BIRDIE MACLENNAN     (posted: April 27, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  R. Birdie MacLennan of Winooski, age 57, died after a brief illness on March 10, 2014. Birdie began working in the University of Vermont's Libraries' Cataloging Department in 1990, after working at Harvard University and Merrimack College and receiving a Master of Library Sciences from Simmons College. Since 2008, she served as Director of the UVM Libraries' Resource Description and Analysis Services Department. See more at:

EDWARD S. HORTON, MD, Receives American Diabetes Association’s Albert Renold Award     (posted: April 24, 2014)
(news release from the American Dibaetic Association)  Alexandria, VA (April 23, 2014) – The American Diabetes Association will present the Albert Renold Award to Edward S. Horton, MD. Supported by a grant from Merck, this award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the facilitation of diabetes research. Dr. Horton will be recognized with this honor at the Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions®, taking place June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco....more

SPRING LUNCHEON     (posted: April 23, 2014)
There is still time to make reservations for the UVM-RFAO Spring Luncheon on May 12 at the DoubleTree. Click here for a copy of the information and reservation form.

RSVP of Chittenden County Invites you to Change Lives through Community Service     (posted: April 23, 2014)
(request from RSVP) Now might be the best time ever to volunteer. You’ve gained a lifetime of experience that you can share with our community. Think about your skills and talents and how you can give your time and change people’s lives by volunteering with RSVP. RSVP is a program of the United Way of Chittenden County. It is a free resource that connects community members who are age 55+ with the right volunteer opportunity at the right agency. With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve.  You choose the amount of time you want to give.  And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones.  In short, you find the opportunity that is right for you. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be making a real difference - stronger families, better schools, safer communities. RSVP is finding more and more ways to harness the power of volunteerism and direct it toward needs and opportunities that our community has identified as most important. With RSVP, you’ll see tangible outcomes and learn first hand how your experience can change our community. Our RSVP staff can make the connection for you. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities in our community connect with our staff at the United Way of Chittenden County. Join 200+ RSVP volunteers in Chittenden County who are already changing lives in our community!  For more information call 860-1677 ask for Ruthann or Phet.

GORDON LEWIS     (posted: March 27, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Gordon passed into the hands of our Father on March 18, 2014, and found the peace that belongs to those who have touched the lives of their family with a legacy of love. His was a life centered on people: serving the community, teaching our youth, advocating for the disadvantaged, lobbying for important causes, and striving to create a lasting sense of family within his home. Born in Waldwick, N.J., on Feb. 25, 1924, to Emma Peckart Lewis and Winfield S. Lewis, he was of the age to see his first service to society in the U.S. Army during W.W.II as a 1st Sergeant in the Pacific theatre. His principle posting was Okinawa. He returned to Rutgers University in N.J. upon discharge from the Army where he continued his lifelong study of human interaction by majoring in Sociology. He went on to receive his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. March Madness was never a dull time in our house! His teaching posts began at the U. of Kentucky in Lexington and continued at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.; Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y.; and the University of Vermont. He retired in 1988. - See more

Dr CAROL LEE PHILLIPS Receives Honors     (posted: March 21, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press on February 28, 2014)   Lund celebrated the Heart of the Community Awards Thursday night, Feb. 13, at The Essex. Gene Richards, Dr. Carol Lee Phillips and The Hoehl Family Foundation were honored for their innovative contributions to Lund and the wider community at ceremony in front of an audience of more than 200 guests.

Former Gov. James Douglas presented the award to The Hoehl Family Foundation. "The Hoehl Family Foundation is improving the lives of Vermonters each and every day and people of this great state are in your debt," said Douglas. The Hoehl Family Foundation made a leadership gift to Lund's 50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign and members of the family have also served on the board and helped with fundraising events. The foundation also supports numerous other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around Burlington.

John Hoehl, son of founders Bob and Cynthia Hoehl, received the award on behalf of the foundation. "It's really us that should thank you guys," he said, of Lund, "because you make our work more rewarding. We get to see what my parents set up in action making such a huge difference for the community and for the women that really really need it."

Mayor Miro Weinberger took to the stage to present the award to Gene Richards. "It is a great honor to be here tonight to speak about my friend and colleague Gene Richards," he said. "Gene is the most positive person any of us know, he cares about everyone and he cares about everything. We are all very thankful to have you at the heart of this community." Richards served as a board member at Lund and as a volunteer, contributed his expertise and energy in many capacities -- from organizing fundraising events to helping transform Lund's Glen Road residential building.

Upon receiving the award, he told a story about a woman that he met at Lund. "She got pregnant and her foster family kicked her out after she had already been kicked out by her own family. 'Today I have a job,' she told me, 'I have a daughter, we live at Lund and I am going to college. But the best part about it is that Lund has given me and my family the skills to be a real family.'" It's just amazing, these people were able to get through this. They conquered it with all the difficulties of life. This is what makes Burlington and the state of Vermont so very special."

Dr. Ann Guillot, chair of the Pediatric Residency Program and a pediatric nephrologist at FAHC presented the award to Dr. Carol Lee Phillips who was the pediatrician at Lund for more than 20 years and the first female chair of pediatrics. She was joined by a number of her colleagues who referred to themselves as 'Lee Phillips' followers'.

"Lee is at the grass roots of what pediatricians can do in this community," said Guillot. "She has taught hundreds of residents and students how to be a pediatrician and how to be a good person. She quietly did what needed to be done at Lund. She is devoted to the needs of families and the notion of what it takes for a woman to succeed."

When Phillips received her award, the few words she spoke were mostly of appreciation for Lund. "I look at what Lund does and the amazing variety of things they do to help children and families flourish and I am in awe. This is an amazing organization led by a wonderful director assisted by caring, hardworking people."

The funds raised from this event will support the integrated family-centered services at Lund and the 50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign.

ROBERT AARON GREGORY      (posted: March 21, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press).  Robert Aaron Gregory, "Bob," died Feb. 25, 2014, after a brief illness, in Fletcher Allen Health Care. Born July 27, 1927, Bob grew up in Hudson Falls, N.Y. After enlisting and serving in the US Navy, he earned a B.S. degree in botany at Cornell University, then master's and PhD degrees in botany at Yale University and Oregon State University. He was also a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University. Bob spent the first 10 years of his lifelong career with the United States Department of Agriculture as a forester and research plant physiologist at the Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station in Alaska. Next, he pursued research work at the Northeastern Forest Experiment laboratories located in Beltsville, Md., and Burlington, Vt. Additionally, Bob taught as an adjunct associate professor of forestry at the George Aiken School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont. He authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications addressing, among other things, the anatomy and physiology of sugar maples. - See more at:

Provost Rosowsky's Campus Newsletter    (posted: February 13, 2014)
The February 2014 issue of Across the Green is available on the Provost's website:
Across the Green is a series of periodic letters from the Provost, providing updates on current initiatives and information on topics of interest to the broader academic community at the University of Vermont.

UVM administration makes its STEM pitch     (posted: February 9, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Board of Trustees treated to virtual view of proposed $100M project
Two eye-catching visual interludes — an animation and a student protest — enlivened an otherwise unexceptional meeting Friday morning of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. The animation was an architectural fantasy of what the new science and engineering complex might look like four or five years from now — aerial views from a virtual fly-about drone. The protest was by students who favor divestment from fossil fuel companies, and their demonstration came nearly two months after a trustees’ sub-committee had rejected a divestment proposal, effectively ending official consideration of the issue. ..... more

UVM professor, senator pushes for more transparency     (posted: January 25, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press) MONTPELIER — When departing University of Vermont President Dan Fogel received a $410,000 severance package that included 17 months paid leave, the deal struck English professor Philip Baruth as off-base. More than two years later, in his role as a state senator, Baruth hopes to shine more light on public boards as they make such “golden parachutes.” ....more

n the late fall of 2013, The Wellness Corporation, UVM's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, announced a new partnership with a recognized leader in the field of Employee  Assistance Program (EAP), worklife and wellness programs. This new partnership, branded "LifeScope," will enrich UVM's EAP and wellness offerings, while all of the benefits that our faculty and staff have been enjoying through The Wellness Corporation will continue uninterrupted. LifeScope programs provide a broad variety of services to the families* of UVM faculty, staff and retirees. For more information, click here.

University Communications) Five emeriti professors from UVM have been selected to receive the University of Vermont Retired Scholars Award by the UVM Association of Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers (RFAO). Under the direction of the RFAO, the program provides support for faculty to complete a research or creative project after full retirement from the university. With support from President Tom Sullivan, the program provides awards to cover expenses for travel to give a refereed presentation at a national or international conference; completion and publication of a scholarly manuscript under contract with a publisher; preparation of an artistic work in a juried exhibition; preparation of a performance in music, dance, or theatre; completion and publication of a literary composition under contract with a publisher; acquisition of research materials such as data sets for secondary analysis or support for field project research; or other well-defined expenses associated with a creative or research project. The recipients of the award are the following:

Thom J. McEvoy, professor emeritus of Extension forestry, will complete and publish the expanded and updated third edition of his book Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture.

Carolyn Elliott, professor emerita of political science, will travel to Hyderabad, India to present a seminar paper titled “Saturation Politics: A Tenuous Way out of Clientelism” and consult with research partners.

David Huddle, professor emeritus of English, will present a paper on Eudora Welty’s short story “Powerhouse” on a panel with Marjorie Sandor, Catherine Hankla, and Elizabeth Poliner at the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Seattle.

William Mann, professor emeritus of philosophy, will complete and publish two books: Augustine’s “Confessions”: Philosophy in Autobiography, a collection of essays by eight international scholars, and God, Modality, and Morality, a collection of his essays on philosophical theology.

Luther H. Martin, professor emeritus of religion, will complete and publish a volume of his collected essays titled Deep History, Secular Theory: Scientific Studies of Religion.

For more information, contact Jack McCormack, president of RFAO,

RICHARD ABSHER     (posted: January 13, 2014)
To Members of the UVM Community:
We are saddened to report the news that Richard Absher, who served as chair of Electrical Engineering from 1998 until his retirement in 2003, has passed away. Richard came to        UVM as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering in 1968. His interests and expertise were in the areas of biomedical engineering and control theory.  Richard's wife,  Marlene, also worked at UVM as a research professor of Medicine and an instructor in the College of Medicine. Richard and Marlene both retired from UVM in 2003  and moved to  Newkirk, Oklahoma to re-settle the farm that Marlene's family originally built during the expansion west.  His colleague and friend, Wally Varhue, said, "Richard expected everyone to give 100 percent effort, only because he gave 110 percent. He was a passionate advocate for students and worked tirelessly toward developing his students into all they could be."  Our special condolences go to his surviving family members, including Marlene, his son, Richard, and his daughter, Cynthia Leigh LaRiviere, an assistant professor in UVM's  Department of Psychology. We are grateful for the many years of service Richard gave to UVM. He will be missed.

Luis Garcia
Dean, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

RICHARD J. GUCCIARDI, Sr     (posted:  January 13, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Richard J. Gucciardi Sr. was born on May 20, 1929, in Haverhill, Mass., the son of Stephen and Rose Gucciardi. He graduated from Haverhill High School and Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. He joined the Navy and served on the USS Mississippi. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1955. He joined the Manufacturing Training Program with General Electric and worked as a Manager of Contracts for the company, until his retirement in 1992. Richard leaves his wife of 58 years, Mary Anne Gucciardi; daughter, Donna and husband, Darrin; son, Rick; son, Rob and wife, Kim, and their children, Adriana and Aaron, of South Burlington; daughter, Cheryl King and her children, Christopher and fiancee, Kerri, and Casey and boyfriend, Aaron, of Colchester; many sistersin-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews; and close friend, Mike Gilligan. - See more at:

LORRAINE KORSON     (posted: January 13, 2014)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Lorraine Korson (nee Bagdon), 88, died Jan. 11, 2014, in the company of family in Shelburne at the Wake Robin Senior Living Community. Lorraine and her late husband, Dr. Roy Korson (d. Aug. 24, 2013), lived for almost all of their married life as active and respected members of the Burlington community. Lorraine was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Leonard and Lillian Marx Bagdon, and grew up there. She received her B.A. in 1945, and her M.S. in Zoology in 1948, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She and Roy met at Penn, and married in September 1946. Starting in the early 1950's, Lorraine was a researcher at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology. She authored or co-authored a number of papers on aspects of cellular metabolism. Also at UVM, she was a longserving member of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Auxiliary, including volunteering from 1993 to 2008 in the gift shop, where she was remembered as particularly helpful to customers. - See more at:

JACKIE GRIBBONS     (posted: January 14, 2014 & January 12, 2014)
(from UVM Communications) Jackie Gribbons, who worked at UVM from 1966 to 2006 as a faculty member and in a variety of administrative roles traditionally occupied by men, passed away on Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at the annual meetings of ACPA and NASPA. Donations in Gribbons' memory can be made to the UVM Jackie Gribbons Fund that supports graduate student travel to professional conferences. At Gribbons' request, there will not be funeral services...... more

Click here for her full obituary in the Burlington Free Press.

CLARA A. SJOGREN     (posted: December 26, 2013)
Clara Sjogren, wife of Robert Sjogren, passed away on December 24. Click here for a  full obituary.

(A review by Margot Harrison in Seven Days). See more at

PETER BATTELLE     (posted: December 18, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Peter Erle Battelle, 75, of Oak Hill Road in Williston, died of a stroke on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care. Peter began his career in accounting with Price Waterhouse in New York City and in 1970 joined the business faculty at the University of Vermont. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Peter served the University on many committees and worked to develop relationships between the School of Business and overseas universities through visiting appointments at Wirtschafts-Universitat in Vienna, Austria, efforts to develop partner schools in Australia, and as advisor of Study Abroad students.
- See more at:

KENNETH PECOR     (posted: December 16, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Kenneth G. Pecor, 79, of Burlington, died on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, after a valiant battle against glioblastoma cancer. Ken passed away peacefully and surrounded by family and friends, including his lovingly caring wife, Shirley. Born in Burlington on March 25, 1934, he was the son of the late Virgil Elon Pecor and Ruth (Parent) Pecor.  He was employed by the University of Vermont. He never ceased to expand his knowledge and attain further certifications throughout his working career, including a master electrician's license, and enjoyed a position as an electrical department supervisor with UVM for many years. Ken retired from the University of Vermont after 42 years of service to the University. See more at:

Upcoming changes are associated with the Affordable Care Act.. This rate increase represents costs associated with the federal Insurer Fee and the Transitional Reinsurance Fee and it will range from 2.3% of the cost of insurance to 3.7%, depending on the healthcare plan in question. .... more

MERTON LAMBDEN     (posted: December 3, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press). Merton Lamden passed away on Nov. 23, 2013. He was born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 7, 1919, the son of Samuel Bornstein and Annie Flanzbaum. He received his B.S. degree from University of Mass. at Amherst, and his Ph.D. degree from M.I.T. From 1941 to 1943, he was Teaching Fellow at M.I.T. in Biology, and Research Staff of the M.I.T. Food Technology Laboratories.  After the war, he returned to M.I.T. as a Hoffman-La Roche Research Fellow. In 1947, Dr. Lamden joined the Department of Biochemistry at the UVM College of Medicine.  See more at:

HARRIET HAND     (posted: December 3, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press).  Harriet passed away peacefully on the morning of Dec. 1, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Harriet was loved by many and lived a rich and rewarding life. The daughter of Samuel and Dora Ashkenazy, Harriet was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 27, 1933. She spent her early years in the Bronx and in 1951 graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, with honors, in one of the first classes to admit women. She attended Hunter College (Class of 1954) and received a Masters of Food and Nutrition from Syracuse University (1957), where she met Samuel B. Hand. They married in New York City in 1957 and were together for 55 happy years, until Sam's death in 2012. Harriet and Sam moved to Burlington in 1961, when Sam joined the faculty of the University of Vermont's History Department. They raised their three daughters in Burlington and were honored to call Vermont home. See more at:

CHARLES MARSCHKE     (posted: November 1, 2013; updated: November 17, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press) There will be a memorial service for Charles Marschke on Friday, November 22, 2013  at 4:00pm at St Augustine's Church in Montpelier, Vermont.  For more information, visit:

(from the Naples Daily news) Charles Howard Marschke, of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 27, 2013. Charles was born in Somerville, NJ on August 31, 1939. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI, the same day he wed his best friend and love of his life, Judith Marschke on June 6, 1966.
Charles loved his career at the University of Vermont where he was at the forefront of the education in the development of the radiation therapy field. With his knowledge and experience, he was an integral part of what is now an accredited program for all radiation therapy education. He was well loved in the classroom by his students for he was able to get them to truly understand and helped them created their own love for such a complicated and important field. He was with the University from 1974 to 1997. See more at:

HUBERT VOGELMANN      (posted: October 14, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Hubert W. "Hub" Vogelmann, 84, of Jericho, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a decline stemming from congestive heart failure. Hub was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Carl and Martha Vogelmann. At 17, he graduated early from high school and showed his adventurous spirit by sailing on a post-W.W.II Victory ship though the minefields in the Baltic Sea to deliver cattle to war-torn Poland, a program that is known today as the Heifer Project. Hub received a B.S. from Heidelberg College in 1950, then a M.S. (1951) and Ph.D. (1955) from the University of Michigan. He moved to Vermont in 1955 to begin his 36-year tenure as a professor at the University of Vermont, serving 16 years as Chair of the Botany Department. Always dedicated to the cause of education, Hub inspired scores of students and was delighted by the frequent remark, "I took your course!" .....more

FRANK SMALLWOOD     (posted: October 7, 2013)
(from the Burlington FRee Press) Frank Smallwood passed away peacefully after a long illness at his home of 12 years, Wake Robin, Shelburne, on Oct. 3, 2013. In 1992 Frank and Ann moved to Burlington, where he enjoyed teaching in the UVM Graduate Masters of Public Administration Program as a Visiting Professor. Click here for the complete obituary.

Hearing Aid Discount Program Through the Eleanor M. Luse Center     (posted: September 10, 2013)
The Eleanor M. Luse Center Audiology Clinic, part of UVM's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is offering a 10% reduction off the cost of hearing aids selected and fit through the clinic. This limited-time benefit is available to UVM faculty, staff, retirees and their families. Professional fees normally applied (hearing evaluation, hearing aid selection, earmolds, fitting, and follow-up) will still be charged.....more

EDWIN ALLEN STANDISH HUNT      (posted: September 6, 2013)
from the Burlington Free Press)  Pioneering Lake Champlain researcher and advocate, and UVM geology professor, Edwin Allen Standish Hunt, died Aug. 27, 2013. Allen was appointed Associate Professor in 1966, and Professor of Geology from 1974 until he retired in 1996. He served as chair of the Department from July 1984 until September 1989....more

UVM Retired Scholars Award Program     (posted: August 27, 2013)
At the August 26, 2013 luncheon for emeriti faculty and administrative officers held in the Maple Ballroom at the Davis Student Center, President Sullian announced the newly-formed UVM Retired Scholars Award Program which will provide support for faculty to complete a research or scholarship project after full retirement from the university.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. Click here for more details and application.

ROY KORSON     (posted: August 27, 2013)
from the Burlington Free Press)  Dr. Roy Korson, 90, died Aug. 24, 2013, in the company of relatives and friends in Shelburne at the Wake Robin Senior Living Community. Roy Korson was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., to David and Sarah Korson.  After graduating from Olney High School in Philadelphia, he majored in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his M.D. in 1947 from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. Dr. Korson was a resident in pathology at Mary Fletcher Hospital. He became a full-time faculty member at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1951, and was a professor in the Department of Pathology until he became emeritus in 1992. ..... more

ROBERT DETENBECK     (posted: August 10, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Robert Warren Detenbeck, 80, died on Aug. 8, 2013, in the Arbors, in Shelburne. His research field was experimental physics done at both University of Maryland for eight years and University of Vermont until his retirement in 1995. But his real love was teaching students, and for this he was recognized with an award for his teaching at Maryland and the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award in 1995 from UVM.  .......more

(from:    Broadcast Center <bcastctr@UVM.EDU>)

Dear friends and colleagues,
Douglas Kinnard, a member of our faculty for eleven years in the 1970s and 1980s, passed away at age 91 on Monday, July 29, 2013, in Chambersburg, Penn. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Brigadier General Kinnard earned his Ph.D. at Princeton and came to UVM as an assistant professor in the Political Science Department in 1973. He retired as a full professor in 1984. His contributions to the university community as a teacher, citizen, and scholar were many and significant.

Services will be held in the Old Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. He is survived by his wife, Wade Tyree Kinnard, and son, Fred ("Kip") Kinnard. Our thoughts are with them and with the rest of his family and friends.

See the story about Professor Kinnard on the UVM homepage at

Robert V. Bartlett;  Chair, Political Science Department

(from the Burlington Free Press).  In 1977, midway through his faculty career at the University of Vermont, ex-Army man Douglas Kinnard was invited to appear on "Good Morning America" to talk about the Vietnam War with his former commanding officer, William Westmoreland. ....more

(from University Communications)  Since Professor Emeritus Howard Ball’s so-called retirement in 2002, he’s written five books, completed two Distinguished Fullbrights and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. UVM Today sat down with the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July at Henderson’s Café to talk about his new book At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America and his next book on the important work performed by forensic specialists trying to identify bodies from the Bosnian War......more

RAY LAVIGNE     (posted: July 16,2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Rayburn V. Lavigne, 67, of Williston, died peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2013, with loving family by his side. Ray was born in Burlington on Oct. 1, 1945, the son of Rayburn F. Lavigne and Nancy (Vaughan) Lavigne. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1963, received his Undergraduate Degree from the University of Vermont in 1967, and his Masters Degree from the University of Vermont in 1971.  Ray had a long and dedicated career at the University of Vermont for more than 35 years. ...... more

GRACE M. McCORMACK     (posted: July 5, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press). Grace M. McCormack, of Burlington, died on July 1, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Heath Care of complications from a severe bacterial infection. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John "Jack.  Click here for the complete obituary.

SUZANNE MASSONNEAU     (posted: June 23, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free  Press) Suzanne Massonneau, 87, of Bryan, Texas, passed away on June 20, 2013. Born in New York City on Feb. 24, 1926, she spent her childhood years in Westchester and Albany, N.Y., and Fairfax County, Va. She received a BA degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and the MLS degree from the School of Library Science at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., where she subsequently served as a member of the teaching faculty. In later years, she served as a library administrator at Texas A and M University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Vermont, where she was Director of Technical Services and Interim Director of the University Library. She retired from UVM in 1991 as Library Professor Emerita, and relocated to Bryan in 1994.,,, more 

Garcia Named Dean of UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences     (posted: June 16, 2013)
(from University Communications) The University of Vermont announced today that Luis Garcia has been named dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Garcia also will be named the Barrett Foundation Professor in the college. He begins work at UVM on Aug. 15.....more

Interim Appointments: Vice President for Research and Graduate College Dean     (posted: May 30, 2013)
(announced by President Sullivan and Interim Provost Low)  Dr. Cynthia J. Forehand, Professor of Neurological Sciences, has    been appointed to the position of Interim Dean of the Graduate College. Dr. Forehand has been a faculty member at UVM since 1987 and is currently Associate Dean of the Graduate College.She is a highly    respected teacher and researcher, and has a strong record of success in securing extramural funding for her research.Dr. Forehand has  published extensively within her academic discipline, and has served  our University and other professional organizations on a variety of  committees, task forces, and searches.

Dr. John N. Evans, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed to the position of Interim Vice President for Research. Dr. Evans has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1976, and has held a number of senior leadership positions during his tenure at UVM including Executive Dean of the College of
Medicine, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the President.In addition to his scholarly work and extensive research activities, Dr. Evans has broad experience in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, company start-ups, government and business relations, and economic development. He will not be a candidate for a permanent position. After completing his one year term as Interim Vice President, Dr. Evans will begin a two-year phased retirement from the University.

Benefits Open Enrollment ends on Friday, May 31     (posted May 21, 2013)
After that date, the window of opportunity for benefits-eligible faculty, staff and retirees to change the medical, dental, life and disability components of their
benefits package* will be closed until next May. Continue reading... < >

Date Set for President's Luncheon for Retired Faculty     (posted: May 21, 2013)
We have been informed that the annual luncheon for retired faculty, sponsored by the President's Office, is scheduled for Monday, August 26 at 12:00 noon at  the Davis Center. More information will be forthcoming from the President's Office.

President Sullivan Hires RPI Engineering Dean as New Provost     (posted: May 21, 2013)
University of Vermont President E. Thomas Sullivan today announced his decision to appoint David V. Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as Provost and Senior Vice President, beginning August 1, 2013.....more

T. ALAN BROUGHTON     (posted: May 20, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press) T. Alan Broughton died peacefully in the very early morning, May 17, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House, in the company of his family. Alan was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., June 9, 1936, the son of T. Robert S. Broughton and Annie Leigh Camm Hobson Broughton. He was educated at Exeter, Harvard, Julliard, Swarthmore and received his MA in English Literature from the University of Washington. He taught literature and writing at the University of Washington, Sweet Briar College, and came to the University of Vermont in 1966 to teach writing of poetry and fiction, and where he founded the University of Vermont's Writers Workshop. First and foremost, Alan was a writer. He published four novels, two collections of short stories, nine books of poetry and, "The Skin and All," a collaboration with artist Bill Davison. ...more

Shoring up a landmark: Construction at historic Waterman Building nearly done     (posted: April 29, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press). The University of Vermont's $740,000 project on the historic Waterman Building is nearly complete. .....more

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR  Dharam Pal Yadav     (posted: April 26, 2013_
A memorial service, celebrating the life of Associate Professor of Psychology, Dharam Pal Yadav, is planned for Thursday, May 2, in Ira Allen Chapel, beginning at 2:00 PM.  A reception following the memorial service will be held at on the Patio adjacent to the Chapel, with a rain location of Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. The family suggests donations be made to the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund with reference to The Dharam P. and Meena Yadav Charitable Fund (Acct. #1054801), which can be mailed to Dharam P. and Meena Yadav Charitable Fund, c/o Sanjeev P. Yadav, One Charles Street South, #712, Boston, MA 02116, to support academic enrichment, learning and scholarship opportunities. Private messages of condolence to the Yadav family are welcome at
Click here for Dr. Yadov's obituary.

UVM RETIREE BENEFIT CHANGES FOR 2013-2014     (posted: April 24, 2013)
Barbara Johnson, AVP of Human Resource Services, has just sent out a brochure related to upcoming changes in Retiree Benefits. Click here for a PDF version of the brochure.

THE ORIANA SINGERS  IN CONCERT     (posted: April 24, 2013)
Sunday, May 12, 4 p.m.
St. Paul's Cathedral

"The Ceremonial Mr. Handel"

--music of genius for special occasions by England's greatest baroque composer. The Dettingen Te Deum (celebrating a victory in the War of Austrian Succession); the extraordinary "Ways of Zion do Mourn" (for Queen Caroline's funeral); and the Coronation Anthem, "Zadok the Priest".

Oriana Singers, Soloists (Gail Whitehouse, Marjorie Drysdale Linda  Radtke, Adam Hall and Gary Moreau) and Orchestra,  William Metcalfe, conductor.

Tickets from or at door, $25, students $10.

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(In addition to  Bill Metcalfe, other Emeritae/Emeriti participating in this Concert are Laurel Broughton, Elizabeth Metcalfe, Phil Ambrose, Biil Lipke, and Bob Low)

From:  Abu Rizvi, Dean of the Honors College and Chair of the Provost Search Committee
             Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Vice Chair of the Provost Search  Committee
To:       UVM Community
Re:       Provost and Senior Vice President Candidate Finalists

On behalf of the Provost and Senior Vice President Search Committee, we are very pleased to announce the four finalists for the Provost of the University of Vermont.
Laura Steinberg, Ph.D.
Dean of the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
Syracuse University
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sunday, April 28 to Tuesday April 30, 2013

Robert Newman, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Humanities
Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Utah
Professor of English
Monday, April 29 to Tuesday April 30, 2013

David Rosowsky, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE
Dean of Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 1, 2013

Phillip Yeagle, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor
Rutgers University, Newark
Professor of Biology
Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 3, 2013

Information about each finalist is available on the Provost Search Website.  We have an outstanding group of final candidates, each of whom is a highly accomplished and successful leader and scholar in higher education.   All have impressive records of achievement in their current and past roles.  

Each candidate will meet with Governance Leadership, Faculty Panel, Deans, Chairs of the Presidential Commissions, and senior leaders. In addition, there will be an open forum for each candidate followed by an informal reception. The times set aside for Open Forums are as follows:

Laura Steinberg, Ph.D. – Monday, April 29, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. North Lounge Billings Library
Robert Newman, Ph.D. – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
David Rosowsky, Ph.D. – Wednesday, May 1, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building
Phillip Yeagle, Ph.D. – Thursday, May 2, 2013 * 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building

Each Open Forum will be recorded and posted on the Provost Search website. To request any disability-related accommodations, please contact ACCESS at (802) 656-7753.  ASL interpreters will be provided at the forums. We hope you will plan to attend these open forums whenever possible.  An opportunity to provide feedback on each candidate is available on the Provost Search Website and this information will be shared with the Provost Search Committee.

We are fortunate to have attracted such a remarkable group of finalists, and we look forward to their upcoming campus visits with enthusiasm. On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, we want to express our appreciation for your involvement in the important process of selecting the next provost and senior vice president of the University of Vermont.  

VERMONT CHORAL UNION CONCERT     (posted: April 23, 2013)
Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m., McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. The Vermont Choral Union, directed by Jeff Rehbach, presents "Bouquet of Song" -- a concert of inspirational a cappella music, spanning five centuries, celebrating Spring’s morning brilliance, garden blossoms and moonlit nights, featuring works by Gibbons, Tallis, Rossi, Brahms, Mendelssohn Hensel, Hindemith, Britten, Lauridsen, Gjeilo and Whitacre. Admission at the door: $15; $10 seniors; $5 youth; free under 12; or $40 / family. Free with SMC ID. (Jack McCormack is a long-term member of the Choral Union). Additional information by phone: 802-989-7355; web:; email:

STOKES GENTRY     (posted: April 19,2 013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Stokes Gentry, M.D., husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, healer, committed citizen, and fly fisherman, died at Wake Robin on April 16, 2013, with his family, a caring staff, and a community of fellow residents supporting him. After internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, he was stationed for two years at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine. He came to Vermont for his pediatric residency, and then went to Duke University for a pediatric allergy fellowship. In 1962, he returned to Vermont to open his practice in general pediatrics and pediatric allergy, one to which he was deeply devoted, until his retirement in 1996. Click here for the complete obituary.

Bryan Honored by Vermont Legislature for 'Extraordinary Contributions to Vermont'     (posted: April 18, 2013)
(from University Communication) Frank Bryan, the John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, was recognized by the Vermont State Legislature on April 16 with a resolution honoring his 36 years of “extraordinary contributions to Vermont.” .........more

April 16, 2013

To the University of Vermont Community:

I would like to share with you my plans to reorganize certain responsibilities among administrative leaders at the University in ways that will improve support of our mission, priorities, and the strategic action plan.  This rebalancing will allow us to better meet the challenges ahead, including assessing and implementing a new budget model, managing our financial and human resources, addressing facilities and technology needs and infrastructure, providing a safe and welcoming campus environment, and continuing to enhance the student experience intellectually, culturally, and socially, as well as strengthening support of faculty and staff.  It will also help us to be more efficient and effective.

After due reflection on how best to organize senior staff responsibilities, I plan to make the following organizational changes, effective July 1, 2013.  We will implement these changes in a cost effective way.

Richard Cate’s portfolio will include the offices of Budget and the Controller, as well as Business Services. This will enable him to concentrate on critically important budget and finance matters.

Tom Gustafson will take on new responsibilities, including supervision of Capital Planning and Management, Administrative and Facilities Services, Enterprise Risk Management, and Police Services. He will continue to administer Government Relations, University Communications, and Athletics, but not Student Affairs.

Associate Vice President Annie Stevens will assume primary leadership of our Student Affairs functions.  She will report to the Provost in order to bring our co-curricular activities into closer alignment with our academic mission.

Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Heading Grant’s responsibilities will be enlarged to encompass Human Resources. She will continue to oversee the Diversity and Equity Units and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment.

Following David Todd’s retirement, Mara Saule will serve as the Chief Information Officer, overseeing IT programs and operations. She will continue to serve as Dean of University Libraries.

Gary Derr, who currently serves as VP for Executive Operations, will concentrate on operational matters, such as Emergency Operations; University, Board and Presidential events planning; Honorary Degrees; senior officer conflicts of interest disclosure and management; human resources management with respect to the recruitment and periodic performance review of senior officers; public records act compliance; the University Policy Project; and UVM News You Should Know.

I also expect to name a Chief of Staff.  The Chief of Staff will oversee the Strategic Action Plan progress; assist me in developing Board and senior staff meeting agendas; interface with the Board of Trustees; help with outreach to the campus and higher education entities in Vermont and elsewhere; and manage the Office of the President.

As I communicated in a recent email, an internal search is now under way to fill the position of Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. I hope to complete this search by the end of the semester.

And very importantly, our national search for the next Provost should reach its conclusion in just a few weeks.

We have important work to advance and we must be organized effectively to do it well.  Some details remain to be resolved, such as position titles and job descriptions.  These will be completed in upcoming weeks, but I want to make you aware of these plans now as the end of the semester draws near.  I am confident that this plan will result in more efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation from the administrative leadership of UVM. 

I will keep you informed as this plan is finalized and completed. Thank you.

Tom Sullivan

The search committee has scheduled candidates for on-campus interviews. For more details, click here.

Dr DHARAM P. YADAV     (posted: April 12, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Dr. Dharam Pal Yadav passed away peacefully in Boston, Mass., on April 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by those that he loved most, his beloved and devoted wife of 41 years, Meena, and his three children, Pramila Rajni Yadav, M.D., Anuradha Yadav, Esq., and Sanjeev Pal Yadav, all of Boston, Mass. He is also survived by his younger sister, Krishna Yadav and brother-in-law, Mahendar S. Yadav, of Delhi, India, who were also present.  In 1970, Dharam joined the faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM), where he was a professor of Communications and Psychology, with a focus on teaching and research of the cognitive sciences, media communications, cross-cultural psychology, and media psychology. During his tenure at UVM, he was chairman of the Department of Communications and served on a number of university committees including the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Senate Executive Council, and the Enrollment Management Council. Click here for the complete obituary.

On April 8 at Champlain Valley Union High School, Charlie and Mary Ann Wolf received the Dr. Brian O'Regan Mentoring Award for their contributions to the Connecting Youth Mentoring Program at Williston Central School. The Wolfs were recognized along with other community volunteers who have dedicated their time to supporting youth and families. For more information about Connecting Youth, click here.

GEORGE BUTTERICK MACCOLLOM     (posted: April 4, 2013)

(from the Burlington Free Press) George Butterick MacCollom, 87, of South Burlington died March 30, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. George was born in Roslindale, Mass., on June 10, 1925, to parents, Welby Henry MacCollom and Florence Hattie Butterick.  in 1954 when George became a professor and chairman of the entomology department at the University of Vermont. He taught, researched and worked with the U.S. Extension Service advising fruit growers in the Champlain Valley. In 1969, George embarked on a year-long sabbatical with his family to Canberra Australia studying the Australian fruit fly at CSIRO. He retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus from UVM. ...... more

(from UVM Communications)   PEN New England announced the winners of their 2013 awards celebrating the best works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction by New England authors with University of Vermont faculty receiving the honor in two of the three categories. Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology, won the nonfiction award for Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death published last summer by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Emeritus Professor of English David Huddle won the prize for poetry with his latest collection, Blacksnake at the Family Reunion, published in November.  Click here for the complete story.

DAVID M. TORMEY     (posted: March 4, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press) David M. Tormey, 88, of Burlington, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, with his children at his side.  In 1968, David moved with his family to Burlington and began a second career at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Beginning in 1970, Dr. Tormey served as the Assistant Dean for the College of Medicine and soon after, became the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. During the next two decades, he shepherded hundreds of young physicians-in- training through the ups and downs of medical school. He found this unique and challenging role to be enormously rewarding and satisfying. He was also an Associate Professor of Family Practice, and chaired the medical school's Committee on Instructional Improvement and Curriculum. From 1983 to 1991, Dr. Tormey also served as Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and used his considerable writing and editorial talents to develop the College of Medicine's alumni magazine. In 1991 Dr. Tormey retired from UVM, but continued to serve as Associate Dean for Alumni Relations until 1994. At the time of his retirement, the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine established the David M. Tormey Award for Perseverance in the Pursuit of Medical Education, in appreciation of his years of service to the College of Medicine and its students. ...... more

ALFRED BROOKS ROLLINS JR.     (posted: March 4, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Dr. Alfred Brooks Rollins Jr., born May 28, 1921, in Presque Isle, Maine, to Clarissa (Jack) and Alfred B. Rollins Sr., died Feb. 20, 2013, in Norfolk, Va., at the age of 91. In 1967, he moved to the University of Vermont as a Professor, and soon became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences then Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1976, he arrived at Old Dominion University as the University President and led the university until 1985. He left the Presidency in 1985 and returned to teaching history at ODU, until he retired in 1991. ..... more

(from University Communications) Being asked to work on the definitive text chronicling the papers of George C. Marshall, U.S. secretary of state from 1947-49, was a true honor for Mark Stoler. Ever modest, the UVM professor emeritus of history admits his first thought was that more qualified people must be available. But the highly distinguished military and diplomatic historian -- and author of the acclaimed biography George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century -- was a clear fit for the job. ...... more.....

Added a link to In Memoriam for Physllis Bronson  by UVM Arts & Sciences (see January 11 post below)

HEARING AID BENEFIT OFFERED BY Eleanor M. Luse Center     (posted: February 13, 2013)
UVM Faculty, Staff, Retirees and Their Families Eligible
The Eleanor M. Luse Center Audiology Clinic, part of UVM's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is offering a 10% reduction off the cost of hearing aids selected and fit through the clinic. This limited-time benefit is available to UVM faculty, staff, retirees and their families. Professional fees normally applied (hearing evaluation, hearing aid selection, earmolds, fitting, and follow-up) will still be charged. Click here for more information.

Message from Abu Rizvi, Dean of the Honors College and Chair of the Provost Search Committee Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Vice Chair of the Provost Search Committee
February 11, 2013:lick here for

Provost Search Process

An important aspect of the search for the Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont involves gathering feedback from members of the University Community about the opportunities and challenges facing the University of Vermont as well as the personal and leadership characteristics desired of the next Provost and Senior Vice President. The information gathered through this process will assist the Provost Search Committee in developing search criteria and ways to identify outstanding candidates for the position.

We have created an online survey that is available to all members of the University community wishing to provide perspectives on the next Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont at Invitation to Comment. We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas as we move ahead with this important search. The survey asks the following questions:

    What opportunities do you see facing the University of Vermont in the next ten years?
    What challenges do you see facing the University of Vermont in the next ten years?
    What professional qualifications/experiences should the next provost and senior vice president possess?
    What personal leadership characteristics should the next provost possess?
    What other considerations should the Provost Search Committee bear in mind?

Further information and regular updates on the status of the search will be available on this website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either ( or

Thank you in advance for your participation as we begin the important process of identifying UVM’s next Provost and Senior Vice President.

(posted: February 2, 2013)
The University of Vermont’s vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College, Domenico Grasso, has been named provost at the University of Delaware. He will remain in his current post at UVM through Aug. 14........ more

(posted January 28, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press)   Winston Arthur Way, 89, of North Hero, passed away Jan. 26, 2013, after a long illness. He was born March 11, 1923, in Burlington, and grew up on the island of North Hero, where his family ran the Irving House - now the North Hero House.  In 1951 he completed a masters degree in Agronomy at the University of Vermont and stayed on to become a teaching assistant. Winston became the Extension Agronomist for Vermont in 1951, a position he enjoyed until his retirement 32 years later. ... more.

(posted: January 11, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press).  Phyllis Bronstein, Ph.D., age 73, died on Dec. 29, 2012, in Los Altos Hills, Calif. She committed her life to bringing about equal rights and social change. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Burke and Sylvia (Karpf) Bronstein. While attending the University of Michigan, she met and married Michael Burrows. After graduation, they moved to the Boston, Mass., area, where Phyllis completed her graduate work as a mother of two young children, earning an MA in literature and creative writing from Boston University in 1966. After her third child was born, she turned her professional focus toward social psychology, where she felt there would be more opportunity to implement social change. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1979. While at Harvard, she met her partner and love of 37 years, psychologist Robert Rossel. The family moved to Vermont in 1981, when Phyllis began her 23 years at the University of Vermont. During her tenure there, she received numerous awards and recognitions for her scholarship, teaching, and leadership. She is author, co-author, and editor of several books, including "Teaching a Psychology of People," "Teaching Gender and Multicultural Awareness," and "Fatherhood Today" ....... more

Click here for IN MEMORIAM  by UVM College of Arts and Sciences  (added on February 22, 20130

  (posted: January 4, 2013)
(from the Burlington Free Press). Stephen Lane Pastner, of Ann Arbor, Mich., passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in the University of Michigan Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was 69. Born May 19, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Steve was a 1964 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Brandeis University in 1971, with a focus on Baluchi people in Pakistan. Joining the faculty at the University of Vermont in 1970, Steve subsequently received tenure and taught in the anthropology department for many years, retiring in 2002.  ..... more

(posted December 21, 2012)
To The University of Vermont Community:

        I am pleased to announce the appointment of an outstanding scholar, experienced administrator, and longtime University citizen to the position of Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.  Dr. Robert B. Low, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has agreed to assume this important role, pending Board of Trustees’ approval, for the period beginning January 1, 2013 through the completion of our national search for Provost.  The expected completion time for that search is Fall, 2013.  As I noted in my letter of December 14, the Interim Provost will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

        Professor Low has had a highly distinguished career, most of which has been spent at The University of Vermont, where he has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1970.  Bob holds a B.A. (Biology) from Princeton University, his Ph.D. (Physiology) from the University of Chicago, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Biology).

        Bob has an impressive record of scholarship, with nearly 100 publications, and has served on numerous University-wide, college and departmental committees, focusing on a wide range of tasks including strategic planning, research, grant reviews, improving the RPT “green sheet” process, and reviews of administrative personnel.  He held the positions of UVM Interim Provost and Provost from 1992 to 1996, as well as Interim Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Associate Dean for Research, and has been responsible for administrative oversight of medical education and faculty affairs in the College.  Bob has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and continues to maintain an active teaching schedule in the College of Medicine.

        Bob will provide experienced and steady leadership to our academic enterprise over the months preceding the completion of our national search and the appointment of UVM’s next Provost.   I am deeply grateful to Bob for accepting this role, as he is foregoing certain personal and academic plans to do so.   I hope you will offer him your support and assistance as he helps us all to move UVM forward.

        Once again, on behalf of all of us, let me extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Jane Knodell for her service as Provost and Senior Vice President.  We offer every best wish to Jane for her continued success in the future.

        With appreciation to all and best wishes for the holiday season,

        Tom Sullivan, President

(posted: December 18, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  “What an awful thing it would be to be born and it wouldn’t matter.” This statement sums up the gist of a poem that Dr. Paula Fives-Taylor first read as a 16-year-old. That sentiment has shaped her life ever since. She wanted to matter. She wanted to make a difference in the world. And make a difference she has. Click here for the remainder of the article.

  (posted: December 7, 2012)
On the occasion of the twenty-year celebration of the founding of its Department for the Study of Religions, Professor Emeritus Luther H. Martin was presented by the philosophical faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, a memorial medallion honoring those "who have made an outstanding and effective contribution in nurturing letters and sciences and in supporting endeavors of (their) faculty." Martin was key to founding this department in 1992 and continuing its development of a "scientific platform" for the academic study of religion. Additionally, he hosted exchange students and research faculty from Masaryk University at UVM and served there as a visiting full professor in 2010.

posted: December 4, 2012)
  Cardy Raper
Cardy Raper, Research Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this fall. This honor was received in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of Biological Science. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

Bramley to oversee changes suggested by UVM advisory panel  
   (posted: November 28, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) University of Vermont President Tom  Sullivan Wednesday appointed John Bramley to help oversee implementation recommendations of a governor’s advisory panel on UVM. Bramley, who retired this past summer after a long career as UVM administrator and professor, served on the panel as interim UVM president. Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed the committee a year ago to study the relationship between UVM and the state and to make recommendations on how Vermont can maximize its investment in its research university.
Click here for the complete article.

ROBERT JAMES "JIM" MCKAY, JR., M.D.     (posted: November 28,2 2012)
(from The Burlington Free Press). Dr. Robert James "Jim" McKay, Jr., M.D. died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2012, in Wake Robin of Shelburne. He was 95. Dr. McKay was born in New York City on Oct. 8, 1917, and grew up in Basking Ridge, N.J. He was educated at the Lawrenceville School, Princeton University (1939), and Harvard Medical School (1943-A).  Click here for the complete obituary.

(posted  November 24, 2012)
Helen Lang, a member of the Executive Board of the UVM Retired Faculy and Administrative Officers, attended the annual meeting of the AROHE Organization (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 21-24.Helene will submit a report after she finishes rehab for the recent  knee surgery.


   (posted: November 7, 2012)
A message from Julie Roberts (President of the Faculty Senate, Professor and Director of Linguistics),  Robert Rodgers (Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and Literature), and  Beth Mintz (Professor of Sociology):

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Book Banquet, sponsored jointly by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the President will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p. m. on             Monday, December 10th in Billings Library. Central to the mission of our research University is the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues who have published a book that year at the annual banquet. As an institution, it is essential that we recognize your achievement. We would like to invited all full and part-time faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff who have or will have published a book in 2012. If your book appeared too late for last December’s banquet, we’ll gladly include it this year. If you have published a book this year (or were too late last year) please email the title, co-authors, if any, and publisher to Ashley Clark ( by Tuesday, November 13th. All UVM authors and their guest will receive a more formal invitation to the banquet after November 13th.  Whether or not you can attend the banquet, we would respectfully request that you provide us with a copy of your book for display at this event: it makes for a very impressive show of quantity, quality, and diversity! Please drop off your book to the Faculty Senate Offices by December 7th. You may retrieve your book as you leave the banquet, or, if you prefer, it will be returned to you after the event. Every year, despite our best efforts, some authors miss this call and do not get invited. We would appreciate it if you could circulate this notice to any UVM friends or colleagues who may have published a book this year and should be invited to this important event. Should you have any questions about the Annual Book Banquet please email Kelly O’Malley, Coordinator of Presidential Events in the President’s Offices at 656-3412 or or Ashley Clark, Administrative Coordinator in the Faculty Senate Office at 656-2019 or

Click here for a list of 2012 Featured Authors. 

(posted: October  9, 2012)
Psychology and Systems at Work (2013)  by Robert B. Lawson, E. Doris Anderson & Lawrence P. Rudiger. Organizations matter. Most people spend a third to a half of their lives working in organizations. Given the high rates of unemployment people also spend more time looking for work. In addition, globalization and technological innovation continues to profoundly shape organizational culture, leadership, demography, and structure. For these and many other reasons, it is important for individuals to understand the nature of contemporary organizations. "Psychology and Systems at Work" provides know-how for retaining commitment to collective goals while taping the knowledge of a diverse workforce for riding the waves of change, utilizing mistakes to perfect systems, and insuring quality production. 21st Century theory, empirical findings, systemic intervention processes, and tool sets are thoroughly treated. Organizational life goes through times of relative harmony disrupted by periods of stress and uncertainty. However, in our own many decades of experience, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well people face challenges, defy the odds, and triumph. Success is the result of many factors—including good luck. But we have noticed, as Louis Pasteur observed long ago, that chance favors the prepared mind and resilient work habits. To find this book on-line enter the name of the text: Psychology and Systems at Work  or access this link.

(posted: September 6, 2012)
from the Burlington Free Press) David Bogart Pilcher, MD, vascular surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, who dearly loved his craft, his family and Vermont, died peacefully, in his home in Colchester, on Sept. 4, 2012. His death followed a long struggle with prostate cancer. He was 78 years old. Click here for the complete obituary.

(posted: August 17, 2012)
(from the Williston Observer) Dr. Carleton R. Haines is the 2012 recipient of the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s A. Bradley Soule Award, which honors alumni whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule. Haines, a retired surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, lives in Williston. During his career, he served as director of the tumor registry for the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and as director of cancer control for the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Link to the article.

(posted: August 8, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Peter J. Seybolt, 77, of Underhill Center, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Born Aug. 15, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Crosby Jordan Seybolt and Jean Bond Seybolt. He was educated at Cincinnati Country Day School (1952); the University of Cincinnati (BA 1956); and Harvard University (PhD 1970 in History and East Asian Languages); and he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He moved to Underhill in 1969 with his wife, Cynthia Taylor Seybolt, to whom he was married for more than 50 years. From 1969 through 2007, he was a professor of history at the University of Vermont, teaching courses on the histories of China and Japan and U.S. relations with Asia.  Click here for the complete obituary.

UVM Mourns Loss of 'Dean of Vermont Studies'      (posted July 6, 2012)
(by Jon Reidel of UVM Communications) Vermont lost one of its preeminent historians on June 30 when beloved Professor Emeritus Samuel B. Hand passed away at the age of 80.
Hand, a Korean War veteran who came to UVM in 1961 to teach American history, was well known for his ability to bring history to life for his students and for those who read his books about Vermont’s historical and political past. He was also a mentor to many fellow faculty members at UVM. " ....more.

CAROL JEAN PRICE WALTERS     (posted July 6, 2012)
from the Burlington Free Press) SOUTH BURLINGTON - Carol Price Walters died at home in South Burlington on July 3, 2012. In anticipation of that event and following the example of her late husband, she wrote the following, "just to keep everybody on the same page."  Click here for the complete obituary.

RENE CHARLES LACHAPELLE     (posted July 4, 2012)
from the Burlington Free Press) SHELBURNE - Emeritus Professor, Rene C. Lachapelle, Ph.D. passed peacefully from this world at age 82 in the arms of his family on June 30, 2012, after a long and fruitful life. He was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in Joliette, Quebec, to Romuald Lachapelle and Maria Desilets, where he was raised in a loving home with his sister and five brothers. He had a long and distinguished career as an educator, researcher and administrator in the clinical laboratory sciences. Click here for the complete obituary.

SAMUEL B. HAND     (posted: July 2, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) BURLINGTON - Samuel B. Hand, 80, died on June 29, 2012. Harriet, his wife of 55 years, and several of their friends were with him at the time of his death. Sam was the only child of William and Ruth (Kahn) Hand. He was born in New York City on Aug. 20, 1931, and was raised in Bayside, Queens and Woodstock, N.Y. Sam obtained his bachelor's degree from New York University in 1953, and then served in Korea, with the U.S. Army. Upon his return from service, he entered Syracuse University, receiving a Ph.D. in history in 1960. He joined the history faculty at the University of Vermont in 1961, retiring as a full Professor in 1994.  Click here for the complete obituary.

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