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VERONICA RICHEL     (posted: February 6, 2018)
see her obituary in the Burlington Free Press:

JEAN DAVISON     (posted: December 22, 2017)
see her obituary in the Burlington Free Press:

FRED SARGENT     (posted: October 20, 2017)
Frederic Oberlin Sargent, 97, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 due to complications from pneumonia. He was born on September 30, 1919 as the third child of Rev. Arthur Hayes Sargent and Joanna Dyke Kinsley Sargent in Post Mills, Vermont. Fred grew up in the Northeast. He surprised his mother at the age of four by stating "All my days are full of wonder". He graduated with 23 others as the Class of 1936 from Jonesport High School in Jonesport, Maine. Fred attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine and graduated with a BA degree in Social Science. Every summer Fred worked odd jobs to earn the money to attend the next semester. These jobs included selling Fuller brushes, wheelbarrowing cement, spraying apples, and fighting forest fires. Fred was a veteran of World War II as a corporal in the 415th Night Fighter Squadron and spent two years in the European theater crossing North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Corsica, France and Germany. Making the best of a bad situation, Fred visited ancient Cartage and Pompeii, witnessed the eruption of Mt. Aetna, saw an opera in Naples, and was blessed by the Pope. After sweating out the Battle of the Bulge and living in a tent for two years, Fred returned home and used the GI Bill to further his education. The GI Bill financed Fred's intellectual journey at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He became fascinated by economics and scientific humanism and the roles these play in everyday life. While attending UW Fred made side trips to Mexico and France and became interested in rural economics and planning. He met, courted, and married Shirley June Fork, tying the knot on August 28, 1947. They were married in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and honeymooned by hitchhiking to Montreal and Quebec City and returning to Madison. Fred used the GI Bill to further his education by attending universities in France, the most famous being the Sorbonne in Paris. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship and worked under the Marshall Plan helping to rebuild Europe. All these experiences were written into a dissertation and Fred received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. Fred returned from Europe with two sons and started a cross country trip while looking for a job at a University. Colorado State University in Fort Collins was the first to offer a position. From 1956 to 1960 he taught at Texas A&M University in College Station as a land and institutional economist. The highlight of his stay was the birth of his daughter. At the time, life was segregated in Texas and Fred joined a group that worked to desegregate churches and work with black professors at Prairie View College to study the economic differences between the races. Fred was gently fired (his words) for his activism but at the same time accepted a position at the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Canada. It felt like returning to New England. There was no tenure track available so after three years Fred left Canada for the University of Vermont in 1962 and stayed for 23 years.

Fred was most proud of his environmental work while living in Vermont. He headed committees that turned Camels Hump Mountain into a state park in 1969; took on the Army Corps of Engineers for their policy of damming rivers; turned old railroad tracks into bicycle and hiking trails; created Winooski Valley Park District; and worked on numerous other rural planning projects. Wh ile living in South Burlington, Vermont Fred and his family enjoyed activities on Lake Champlain such as sailing, canoeing, swimming, birding, biking, ice skating and ice sailing in the winter. Fred retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985 and being of sound mind and body and married to a willing partner began travelling. They frequented Elderhostels where experts and professors lectured on interesting topics, returned to France to visit old friends, started new hobbies such as bread making, painting, ceramics, and kept at old hobbies such as canoeing and writing. Fred felt he had hit his stride while participating at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota Forum where free-thinkers (but opinionated) tackled sensitive and controversial issues of the day.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Joanna; his brothers Eugene Kinsley Sargent and Dwight Emerson Sargent; and his sister Miriam (Sargent) Watson.He is survived by his spouse Shirley. He was the dear father of Blaine Pierre Sargent, Wendell Derek Sargent, and Bettina Louise (Sargent) Reardon. He was a loving grandfather of Chelsea Rose (Sargent) Smiley, Loren Kristofor Sargent, Sean Duncan Reardon, and Michelle Lan Smith. He also was a cherished friend to many.

A memorial service will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota on Saturday, August, 26th at 2:00 PM. Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 13, 2017

KEN GROSS     (posted: October 10, 2017)
TO:           UVM Faculty and Staff
FROM:     Jeff Buzas, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
RE:           Ken Gross, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Ken Gross, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, passed away on September 10, 2017.

Ken’s long and highly successful career in academia spanned 50 years. Prior to coming to UVM, he had faculty appointments at Tulane, Dartmouth, University of North Carolina and University of Wyoming. He was recruited to UVM in 1987 as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Ken always excelled at development, and during his time as Department Chair he led the creation of a mathematics PhD program and jointly created the applied mathematics program with Professor Bill Lakin, whom he hired to lead the program. In 1989, he also co-founded the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition, an organization that is still active in administering the Governor’s Institute in Mathematical Sciences, among other important functions. In 1993, Ken co-founded the Vermont High School Summer Mathematics Institute with Tony Trono, which evolved into the Governor’s Institute in Mathematical Sciences in 2005.
In 1999, Ken founded the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) to improve mathematics and statistics education in K12 (initially pre-K to grade 8). The VMI has been an immense success and is known as a model program nationally. Over 500 teachers have obtained masters degrees in mathematics through the VMI since its inception. “You can’t teach what you don’t know, and your students won’t love the subject unless you love the subject,” he told The Washington Post.
Ken had an impressive research record, having published 40 papers and edited three books. His research was continuously supported by NSF grants from 1968 through 2003; thereafter, his work in education was supported by grants from NSF, the US Department of Education, and the Vermont Department of Education.
Ken received many prestigious awards throughout his career, spanning teaching, scholarship and service, and I mention but a few here. In 1981, Ken received the prestigious Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematics Association of America. He also received three significant UVM awards. He was honored as a University Scholar in 1995, received the Kidder award in 1998, and was named Williams Professor of Mathematics in 2012. In 2007, he received The Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished University Teaching. He was an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012 and received The Reverend Stanley J. Bezuska Lifetime Service Award for Mathematics Teaching and Learning in 2013.
Ken’s dedication and passion for mathematics and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was infectious. While he will be sorely missed, may the words of his first graduate student, Yang Hua, be a comfort: To live well is Ken’s best wish and love to us. Wipe out tears and live well as usual. Let him stay in our hearts.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, October 15. Details to follow. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

LESLIE MORRISSEY     (posted: September 9, 2017)
From:    Nancy Mathews, Dean, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Dr. Leslie Morrissey, Professor Emerita, passed away on Saturday September 2, 2017. Dr. Morrissey was an Associate Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources from 1995 to 2013 having previously received degrees from Oregon State (Ph.D. Geosciences) and San Jose State Universities (M.S. Geography).

Leslie came to UVM wanting to give back to the community but specifically to build a geospatial technologies program. Today, the results of her efforts can be measured in part by how remote sensing and GIS (geographic information systems) technologies have become so widely engrained in UVM, State and local environmental planning and management activities. As an educator she developed curricula in GIS, remote sensing and global environmental assessment. She was highly dedicated to her students and was sought by both undergraduate and graduate students as a fair but demanding mentor equally valued for her expertise, caring attitude, sense of humor and healthy irreverence towards bureaucracy. Leslie participated on a variety of advisory panels and developed many cross-disciplinary collaborations including a popular university-wide minor in geospatial technologies that was first offered in 2007 and continues today.

Dr. Morrissey’s research was both local and international in scope and centered about the application of satellite and aircraft remote sensing (multi-spectral optical, off-nadir, Synthetic Aperture Radar and LIDAR) and GIS in a wide variety of environmental applications. Prior to her academic career, Leslie was an accomplished Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager at the NASA Ames Research Center in California where her research focused on biogenic greenhouse gas (methane) emissions in Arctic and Boreal ecosystems and their role and response in regional and global climate change. While at UVM, Leslie published on greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires in northern environments and refocused her research to address storm water management, water quality, stream geomorphology, and the role of streambank erosion on phosphorus loading to stream waters. More recently in collaboration with colleagues from CEMS, Biology and external investigators, Leslie’s research addressed vector-borne Chagas disease in rural Latin American communities.

A memorial celebration of Dr. Morrissey's life will be held at a time still to be determined. In lieu of flowers, tell someone that you love them, call a friend or family member, perform an act of kindness, forgive someone – this is what Leslie would have wanted. Donations, if desired, may be forwarded to the McClure Miller VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester, VT 05446 (, the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation ( or to a cause close to your heart.

WALTER LUTHER "TED" BRENNEMAN, JR     (posted: August 25, 2017)
Dr. Walter "Ted" Luther Brenneman, Jr, PhD, 80, died on Saturday, August 19th, at The Residence at Quarry Hill in South Burlington, VT. He was born on December 5, 1936, the son of Walter L. and Beatrice (Blouse) Brenneman in Harrisburg, PA. He attended Gettysburg College and received a Bachelor's degree in 1958. He received his Master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his PhD in Philosophy from the Union Institute in 1974. Ted taught at The Stowe School, Marlboro College, and retired as Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences. He also authored several books on topics like the holy wells of Ireland, mythological symbolism, and religion. He enjoyed research and traveled extensively to Ireland and around the world. Ted and his wife Mary walked the Santiago Pilgrimage together and found time to run a dairy farm in Marshfield, VT for a number of years. He enjoyed skiing, fishing, kayaking, music, and loved all creatures.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 23, 2017

MARTIN KUEHNE     (posted August 25, 2017)
TO:           UVM Faculty and Staff
FROM:    William Falls, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
We recently learned that Martin Kuehne, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, passed away unexpectedly on August 4, 2017. The cause of death was complications from a fall in his home.

Born in 1931 on Long Island, Martin moved to Dresden, Germany while young and attended secondary schools in Switzerland before completing his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in 1952. He received an M.A. from Harvard University in 1953, and returned to Columbia to complete his Ph.D. in 1956 with Gilbert Stork. After working at CIBA Pharmaceuticals, he joined the UVM faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1961. As part of the organization of the Graduate College in the 1950's, the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry were initiated, and Martin's hire was a key part of the establishment and success of the graduate program in the Department of Chemistry. The Department's first graduate student, Sandra Weaver, worked with Martin and received her degree in 1963, and he was the advisor to 46 Ph.D. and M.S. students during his tenure as a full-time faculty member. Many of the chemists trained by Martin have themselves gone on to make lasting scientific contributions throughout their independent careers.

Martin had a substantial impact on the research profile of the Department. He was internationally renowned for his work on the chemical synthesis of indole alkaloid natural products in pursuit of developing cancer chemotherapeutic agents and anti-addictive treatments. This research was continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health for 35 years, through most of his tenure as a full-time faculty member. The synthetic pathways he developed to prepare some of the most structurally complex alkaloids known, including members of the Vinca, Strychnos and Aspidosperma alkaloid families, were often inspired by nature and were frequently described as "elegant" by his peers. He presented numerous invited lectures at national chemistry conferences and at universities. As a mark of the interest in translating his work to production of pharmaceuticals, he was also invited to speak at industrial research laboratories including DuPont, Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and others. Martin reveled in hands-on laboratory work and remained active in the laboratory throughout his career, maintaining an office and research laboratory in the Chemistry Department even after transitioning to Emeritus status in 2003. He assisted in the move of the Department to its new home in Discovery Hall in May 2017 and continued to work on new ideas until his passing.

Martin taught courses in organic chemistry for many years, including courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level and ranging from 5 to 150 students per class. He advised numerous undergraduate research projects in synthetic organic chemistry. From 1976 to 1978, he served as Acting Chairman of the Chemistry Department, and was a member of the Graduate College Executive Council from 1977 to 1981 and 1984 to 1988. He served as a patent advisor through the Graduate College for 21 years.

As a leader, mentor, and friend, Martin's passing is a great loss for the Chemistry Department and for the University community. He will be sorely missed. In accordance with his wishes, no formal ceremony is planned; however, donations may be made in his name to the Department of Chemistry for a fund to support research in synthetic organic chemistry, as this was his passion throughout his career. The Department also plans to hold a symposium celebrating Martin's research next spring.

Kathleen Manning has received a Fulbright Award for the fall 2017 semester.  She will be at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, presenting seminars and workshops to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences on topics regarding U.S. and global higher education.  She will also be conducting research on resilience in higher education. This is her fourth Fulbright, having received a traditional Fulbright in 2003 to teach comparative education at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.  She also received two Fulbright Senior Specialist assignments, one in the summer 2004 at Beijing Normal University and a second in 2005 at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

LAWRENCE WEED      (posted July 3, 2017)

Dr. Lawrence L. (Larry) Weed, passed away at his home in Underhill, VT on June 3. Age 93, he was Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. Dr. Weed was born in Troy, New York on December 26, 1923 to Ralph E. Weed and Bertha Krause Weed. After attending high school in Middletown, NY, he graduated from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) in 1943, with a major in Chemistry and a minor in History. He received an M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1947. He then took mixed internships in medicine, chest medicine, surgery and clinical pathology from 1947-1949 at University Hospital in Cleveland and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. During his internship in Cleveland, he met his future wife, a fellow intern, Laura Brooks, who had graduated from Yale Medical School in 1947. They married in 1952. After his internships, Dr. Weed left clinical medicine to do basic science research in biochemistry and microbial genetics for four years at Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army Medical Service Graduate School (Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC). This experience with the rigor of scientific research, and its contrast with medical practice, shaped his subsequent career in clinical medicine and education. Dr. Weed next did a residency in medicine for a year at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD. He then returned to basic science as a member of the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, where he was Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine and conducted research in microbial genetics for two years. During that period he received an offer from the Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor, ME, where he was asked to serve as the Director of Medical Education overseeing intern and resident staff. His dean at Yale advised against his taking this position outside of academia, because the move could derail his very promising career in basic science research at Yale. Nevertheless, he decided to move to Bangor, where he worked from 1956 to 1960. During this period, the began the work for which he later became best known: developing standards of data organization in medical records (these standards, including problem lists and "SOAP notes," became known as the problem-oriented medical record or POMR).

In 1960, Dr. Weed moved to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, where he resumed basic science research as a post-doctoral fellow in microbiology and became an Assistant Professor of Microbiology in 1961. In 1964, while continuing in his faculty position at Case Western Reserve, he became Director of the Outpatient Clinics at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. There he resumed his work on medical record standards and began a federally-funded effort to develop a computerized health record based on the POMR. During this period he published a highly influential two-part article, "Medical Records That Guide and Teach," in the New England Journal of Medicine (1968), followed by the first of his five books, Medical Records, Medical Education and Patient Care (Case Western Reserve University Press, 1969).

In 1969, Dr. Weed moved to the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT, where he became a Professor of Community Medicine and directed the PROMIS Laboratory, which continued his federally-funded effort to develop the POMR in electronic form. In 1981, he left the PROMIS Laboratory and then established a company, PKC Corp., to develop software tools for coupling patient data with medical knowledge. Known as problem-knowledge couplers, these tools were intended for use by both clinicians and patients in conjunction with the POMR in electronic form (a prototype of which PKC also developed).

Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing to last year, Dr. Weed spoke and published widely in the U.S. and abroad about standards and tools for managing clinical information and related reforms in medical practice, medical education, and licensure of clinical practitioners. He also served as a consultant to various offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense military health system; PKC Corp. also became a contractor to the military health system. He left PKC in 2006 but continued to speak and publish. He received a number of awards, including the 1995 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care, from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Articles about him and his work include a profile in The Economist magazine (December 2005). The ultimate impact of Dr. Weed's concepts remains to be seen. Fragments of Dr. Weed's work are in widespread use, but his larger body of work is not yet well understood. Dr. Weed's visionary concepts are now informing the strategic planning of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health. The NLM has expressed its agreement with Dr. Weed's understanding that unaided human cognition is insufficient to meet the challenges of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment in an era of explosive growth of new knowledge. To the end of his life Dr. Weed enjoyed ongoing relationships, some dating back more than 60 years, with former students, colleagues and others. He was a compelling presence in the lives of many. In addition to his medical activities, Dr. Weed was a lifelong pianist and devotee of classical music. During his Cleveland years, he sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw, who became a friend.

Dr. Weed was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Laura Brooks Weed (1923-1997), who herself became a distinguished clinician and, among many other positions, was a faculty member at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is survived by his sister (Nancy Weed of West Haverstraw, NY), five children (Christopher Weed of Burlington, VT, Lincoln Weed of Underhill, VT, Dinny Weed Adamson of Charlotte, VT, Jonathan Weed of Eddington, ME, and Becky Weed of Belgrade, MT), two grandchildren (Julia Stever Weed of Seattle, WA and Kristen McLellan Weed of Eddington, ME), and two step-grandchildren (Karen Tyler of Burlington, VT and Erica Tyler Ghosh of Hopkinton, MA). His children are planning a memorial concert, scheduled for September 17, 2017 (4 PM) at the Charlotte Congregational Church, 403 Church Hill Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. Dr. Weed's children are also planning a website for posting of publications, testimonials and further dialogue by his former students, colleagues and others interested in his work. Dr. Weed's children wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Joe Haddock, who served as an intern under Dr. Weed in 1972-1973 and who became his personal physician and close friend until the end of his life.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 14, 2017

ROY WHITMORE     (posted April 6, 2017)

Roy A. Whitmore, Jr., 88, Professor Emeritus of Forestry, University of Vermont, died Sunday, April 2, 1917 at the UVM Medical Center, Burlington, after several years of failing health. He was supported during this time by his family who loved him and many faithful and caring friends. Roy was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 14, 1928, the son of Roy A. Whitmore, Sr. and Evelyn (Welsh) Whitmore. He moved in 1940 to Rego Park, NY, graduating from Bayside High School in January of 1946. He immediately enlisted in the Navy Air Corp where he studied aerial photography and photo interpretation, a skill he would continue to use throughout his professional life. After leaving military service in 1948, he enrolled at the University of Vermont, majoring in forestry which was then a two-year program. He completed his education at the University of Michigan where he earned a B.S. in forestry in 1952 and a Master's in Forestry Utilization and Measurements in 1954. He also completed course work at Southern Illinois University and the USDA graduate school. His professional life began with the U.S. Forest Service where he worked in the Central States Forest Experiment Station as a research forester and forest economist in Columbus, Ohio, Carbondale, Illinois, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. He left the Forest Service to accept a position as Associate Professor of Forestry at the University of Vermont in 1958. During his time at the university, he taught many different courses. He also served on university committees and in various administrative roles including University Marshall, 1966-1981 and Forestry Department chair, 1975-1988. Professional memberships included the Society of American Foresters in which he had been a member since 1951, earning a Golden Membership Award in 2004. He was Secretary-Treasurer for the New England Chapter in 1987. Other memberships were in the Forest Products Research Society and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Roy enjoyed teaching and mentoring his students, maintaining some ties over many years.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 5, 2017

ROBERT HALL     (posted February 6, 2017)
Dr. Robert W. Hall passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on January 6, 2017. Bob was a respected scholar and professor at UVM for over 40 years, but more than that, he was a wonderful and cherished husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and a soon-to-be great grandfather. Bob was born in Arlington, MA on April 6, 1928 to Samuel and Agnes Hall, joining his brothers Harry and John (John survives him). Bob was a Harvard man, through and through, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy in 1949, and then going on to get his Masters and PhD degrees there as well. In his later years, Bob enjoyed wearing his "one of a kind" Harvard knit cap. Bob also served his country in the US Army during the Korean War as part of the Counterintelligence Service. Bob taught at the University of Vermont from 1958-2002 as a professor of philosophy. He served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the 1960s and 1970s, and was later conferred as the James Marsh Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy. He is known for scholarship in ancient and modern philosophy, religion and aesthetics. A leading authority on Plato, Bob wrote four books, dozens of articles, and served for decades in an editorial capacity for Apeiron's International Journal for Classical Philosophy as well as the Journal of the History of Philosophy. Along with many honors, he was featured in the Who's Who Directory of American Scholars. Even after becoming Professor Emeritus in 2002, Bob continued to write articles and contribute to books on philosophy and aesthetics.

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ROBERT FULLER     (posted: February 6, 2017)
Robert Weeks Fuller, University of Vermont Emeritus Professor and well-known Wildlife Biologist passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. He was born May 12, 1924, in Center Conway, NH, the son of Mildred Ellen Weeks and John Isaiah Fuller. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942, and was awarded his pilot's wings and a lieutenant's commission. He served as pilot instructor in single engine aircraft and later as a pilot of a B-17 bomber. He married Beverly Edith Barden of Gorham, ME in January 1945.. Bob and Beverly moved to Burlington, VT, where he entered the University in 1946 as an engineering student. He transferred in 1948 to the University of Maine, Orono, and a curriculum in wildlife Conservation. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1951, Bob and family moved to Logan, UT, where he completed a Master's Degree in Wildlife Management. From 1953 through 1965 he worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the VT Fish & Game (later Fish & Wildlife) Dept. developing and managing the Dead Creek Waterfowl Area and as Waterfowl Project Leader for the entire state. His work in restoring wetlands and waterfowl numbers, and establishing Vermont's first-ever breeding populations of wild Canada geese, received recognition from the Atlantic Waterfowl council through the prized Charles Banks Belt Award in 1957 and the wildlife Conservationist-of-the-year Award from the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Club in 1969. Bob joined the faculty of the University of VT in January 1966, developing a Wildlife Management Concentration within the Department of Forestry. He became first Chairman of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program when the UVM School of Natural Resources evolved in 1974. By action of the UVM Board of Trustees, Acting President Thomas Salmon conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on him at UVM Commencement exercises in 1992. Bob retired from UVM on December 31, 1988, but continued as Emeritus Professor to teach an occasional class in his area of expertise and to serve on University committees. He was one of two honorees for significant contributions to waterfowl conservation in Vermont at a special 25-year Vermont Ducks Unlimited Banquet in 1994.

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JOHN CRAIGHEAD     (posted: February 6, 2017)
John Edward Craighead, MD, noted physician and pathologist of Nantucket, MA, and Vero Beach, FL, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, surrounded by family. He was 86. Dr. Craighead's work in virology introduced the concept of a viral etiology for Type 1 diabetes mellitus. His pioneering clinical studies first identified cytomegalovirus as a major infectious complication of organ transplantation. Dr. Craighead's research in the later years of his professional career focused on the diseases of the lung resulting from occupational exposures to inorganic dusts, particularly asbestos. Dr. Craighead's early years were spent in the coal mining districts of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He relocated to Utah where he obtained degrees in botany and medicine. After a period of training at Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to the National Institutes of Health where he undertook studies in respiratory disease epidemiology before moving to the Canal Zone to work in tropical virology at the Middle America Research Unit, Public Health Service. In 1960, Dr. Craighead joined the staff of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston to undertake training in pathology. He then joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School. In 1968, Dr. Craighead moved to the University of Vermont, College of Medicine where he became Chairman of the Department of Pathology, a position he held until 1991. Dr. Craighead's distinguished research career resulted in numerous published scientific reports in the medical literature and three books, the latest of which was entitled "The Pathology and Pathogenesis of Human Viral Disease". He has been the recipient of numerous scientific awards and lectureships. Dr. Craighead was an avid botanist and horticulturist who traveled extensively to study flora worldwide.

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MALCOLM WHATLEY     (posted: February 6, 2017)
Malcolm C. Whatley of Burlington died of pancreatic cancer on December 13, 2016, at the Respite House in Colchester, Vermont, at the age of 81. He was born on January 30, 1935, to Anna Schnell Whatley and Peter Daniel Whatley in New Orleans, LA. He received his B. A. in 1956 from Southwestern in Memphis, majoring in mathematics and physics. He earned his M.A. in Mathematics in 1958 and his Ph.D in physics in 1963 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught physics at the University of Maryland, 1962-67; at Washington University in St. Louis, 1967-69; and at the University of Vermont, 1978-1995. In 1985-86 he and his wife Janet taught at Deep Springs, a small college on a desert ranch in California, where he delighted in learning everything he could about ranching and horsemanship. His academic research was in elementary particle physics, conducted at the Berkeley Bevatron, the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Princeton Proton Accelerator. Malcolm was a man of capacious intellect and vigorous activity. He brought to the details of everyday life the precision of a scientist and the hands-on feel for how things work. He crafted beautifully simple furniture and knives, knew the right knot for any purpose, and was the go-to guy for neighbors in need of a handyman. He was unstintingly generous as a friend, father, uncle, and grandfather. Malcolm's interests ran wide and deep: the sciences, literature, politics, music, wildlife, canoeing, camping. He was indispensable to Janet in her literary work; a translation of an early New World voyage account would not have been feasible without his help, and he was co-author with her of the translation of an 18th-century correspondence, "There Are No Letters Like Yours." In recent years he developed a passion for political theory, researching the ideas of the Founders of the United States and considering the meanings of the Constitution. His influence as a teacher went far beyond the subject matter of physics. Students remember the life lessons imparted through the clarity and elegance of his presentations; the energy of his presence; the warmth of his hospitality as they visited his home over the course of thirty years. His bravery and humor during the months of this intractable illness have been an inspiration and source of courage to all his friends.

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TOM SPINNER (posted: January 17, 2017)
Dr. Thomas John Spinner, Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD passed away peacefully on Friday, December 2, 2016.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Spinner taught British and European history at UVM for nearly 30 years.  His research and sabbaticals led to the publication of George Joachim Goschen, The Transformation of a Victorian Liberal.  A Fulbright in Guyana resulted in the publication of A Political and Social History of Guyana, 1945-1983. Deeply political, Dr. Spinner helped to organize campus demonstrations against U.S. involvement in Vietnam.  Committed to labor rights, he coordinated efforts to unionize UVM faculty. Dr. Spinner was a world traveler and a lifelong fan of the NY Giants, Coney Island franks, and stickball.

JOHN KUNKEL     (posted December 12, 2016)
(from Burlington Free Press) 
John passed away on Nov. 21, 2016 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's in Mesa, AZ. John was born on Jan. 4, 1940 in Pearl Lake, MN. He grew up on the family farm where he developed a deep connection and appreciation for the land and animals. In 1963, he graduated from the University of Minnesota as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; and was in practice for over 13 years in St. Michael, MN, his primary interest being bovine veterinary medicine. In 1975, John married Donna, and the next year moved to Jericho, VT to join the faculty of the University of Vermont, working in the Animal Health Lab and the Extension service. He was the Associate Extension Professor of Animal Science and taught Animal Health Courses. John was appreciated for his initiative and enthusiasm for developing, researching, and imparting his knowledge and expertise to students, farmers and veterinarians as well as to his associates at UVM. He organized, developed and presented courses of veterinary importance to college students; as well as organizing and imparting information to veterinarians in meetings to update them on new developments.

A Mass of Christian Burial and interment service will be held at St. Thomas Church, Underhill Center, VT on July 15, 2017 at 11am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Church; Alzheimer's Ass'n. of VT, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Williston, VT; UVM Extension, 23 Mansfield Ave., Burlington, VT.

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THOMAS GENO     (posted: December 3,2016)
(from Burlington Free Press) Thomas Howard Geno of Proctor, Vermont, passed peacefully in his home early on Sunday morning in Williston after a valiant fight against advancing vascular dementia. He was surrounded by his wife, Marie, son Marc, and beloved caregiver Josephine at the time. He is also survived by his loving step-daughter Caroline Juneau, and her three remarkable children, Alex, Matt and Leena Unger of Burlington.

Tom was born in Proctor in 1931, the only son of Dolores Pauline Geno and Howard Vincent Geno. Propelled by his love of reading, music and Hollywood, then later his Latin and French mentor Lyrace Fontaine at Proctor High School, he went on to teach at both the high school and college levels. He earned several advanced degrees in the study and teaching of French, culminating in a Ph.D. while at U.V.M. He met Marie in the early 60's while teaching at Middlebury College, they married, and eventually moved to Burlington where Marc was born in 1967. Tom and Marie taught together at U.V.M. for over 25 years. While there, he co-founded the V.O.S.P. foreign exchange and specialized in theater, French-African literature and pedagogy. He was an avid member and sometimes top leader within every active foreign language association, received many awards of recognition for his involvement and teaching, and was highly esteemed by his colleagues, many of whom became his closest friends.

Tom's boundless energy had also led him around the world to study, teach and lecture, first in Indochina and later Africa. Not only did he inspire countless college and high school students with his love of music and theater, but he also acted in and then directed many memorable productions in Burlington, at U.V.M. and especially with Lyric Theater. Even teaching full time, he jumped at the occasion to portray a notorious or difficult role on stage, as this may have been his first and most lasting vocation.

Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book. Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 30, 2016 - See more at:

HENRY TUFO     (posted: November 4, 2016)
(from Burlington Free Press)  Henry Michael Tufo departed this world surrounded by his beloved family on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Henry was born on July 5, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Henry Michael Tufo and Theresa Casella Tufo. Henry graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School, attended Loyola University (he was admitted to medical school in his junior year), earned an M.D. with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor fraternity. He interned at Presbyterian St. Luke's Rush Medical Center and spent his residency at the University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital in Chicago where he served as chief resident in medicine during his final year of residency.

Henry was a seminal figure in the development of the modern health care delivery system in Vermont. In 1970, he was recruited by Drs. John Davis and William Luginbuhl of the University of Vermont College of Medicine to establish a new model practice of primary care as part of one of the first integrated health systems in the country. The practice group known as the Given Health Care Center built a quality management and improvement program and was one of the first in the country to show how examining care and giving feedback to the professional can lead to improvement in care. Among the key benefits shown was the substantial savings in cost of care when compared to like populations of insured given care elsewhere. His group also successfully integrated nurse practitioners, the sharing of medical records with patients, and the inclusion of patients in the management of their care into the program.

In 1971, Henry assumed the leadership of University Health Center (UHC), a coalition of 11 medical practice groups that spanned the continuum of care. From 1971 to 1995, he served as an incorporator, deputy to the CEO, then five years as CEO. This organization was the business arm and the political adhesive that held the faculty departmental practice groups together. UHC had a public board, developed a communication system for improving access across the medical center that is still used, established an offshore liability company that is now the insurer for the entire medical center, and built a managed care company to work at the interface of doctors and insurers to manage cost and quality. He was made a full professor of Medicine at UVM in 1979.

In perhaps his most significant contribution as CEO of UHC, Henry worked closely with the leaders of the UVM College of Medicine and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in the formation of Fletcher Allen Health Care to merge the hospital with the faculty practices. He then served as the new organization's de facto chief medical officer. Henry was particularly valuable in that era not only because of his ground-breaking medical work, but through his understanding of the business and financial complexities of operating a modern health care company.

In addition to his leadership roles at the Burlington medical center, Henry was a pioneer in the health care reform movement that was born in the 1980s. He was a strong proponent of the problem-oriented medical record, developed by his colleague, Dr. Larry Weed, that was installed at UHC and the Medical Center and he was a founding member of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc. He was particularly expert in the application of modern quality techniques, developed in industry, to the delivery of health care. Even in his final days Henry followed closely the reform effort that has galvanized the Vermont health care system over the last five years.

Henry leaves behind his beloved wife, Carleen; his son, Henry Michael III and grandchildren Henry Michael IV and David Charles; his daughter Gabriella Ann, son-in-law James Strouse, grandchildren Theresa Carleen and James Thomas.

Funeral services will be held for Henry at 10:30am on Saturday, November 5 at St. Anthony's Church located at 305 Flynn Avenue in Burlington. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at the UVM Alumni Center located at 61 Summit Street in Burlington. Guests are encouraged to write down a cherished memory from their time with Henry - something funny or something serious or whatever - and place it in the memory box for the family that will be on display at both events.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 30, 2016 - See more at:

CLARKE HERMANCE     (posted: October 2, 2016)
Clarke Hermance, Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at UVM, passed away on September 16, 2016. For more information, see the In Memorium section on this website.

IN MEMORIAM     (posted: February 12, 2016)
Since the RFAO website began in 2010, we have noted the obituaries of retired faculty and administrative officers on our News webpage. We will continue that practice and will keep the obituary listing for at least 30 days or until a memorial service or funeral is held. Today, we are starting a new webpage called, IN MEMORIAM, which will be a permanent listing of obituaries that we are aware of.  If anyone has an obituary, memorial, or tribute that should be included in the listing, please email the link or the electronic file to

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

(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

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

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.

(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.

(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.....

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.

(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.
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(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: 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.

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.

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