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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.

Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book. Published in The Burlington Free Press from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2017 - See more at:

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.

Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book. Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 23, 2017 - See more at:

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.

Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book. Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 18, 2017 - See more at: CRAIGHEAD    

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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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 20, 2016 - See more at:

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.

Visit to Express condolences and sign the guest book. Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 11, 2016 - See more at:

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.

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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.
Click here for the complete article.

(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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