July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

GILBERT MARSHALL     (posted: June 4, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Gilbert Adams Marshall of Shelburne, and formerly of Essex Junction, passed away on June 1, 2012. He was born on April 10, 1920, in Lancaster, N.H., the eldest child of Frank and Gladys (Gray) Marshall, and grew up on the family farm until the age of 14.  Click here for the complete obituary.

NEW DEAN OF ARTS AND SCIENCES     (posted: May 26, 2012)
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CARDY RAPER's Book Wins Award     (posted: May 19, 2012)
The published book titled "Love, Sex and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science" authored by emerita professor Cardy Raper ( received an Independent Book Publisher's bronze award (IPPY) in May 2012 for excellence in science.

GLEN WOOD     (posted: May 3, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) JERICHO - Dr. Glen Meredith Wood, a longtime resident of Jericho, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on May 1, 2012, at the age of 92. He was born April 17, 1920, in Dallas, to Herbert Poland Wood and Esther Theresa Danielson. He was predeceased by both parents; brother, Howard; and sister, Evelyn. He spent his childhood in Pawtucket, R.I., pursuing education at Rhode Island State College and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. For four years he served in the U. S. Army in New Guinea and the Philippines with the Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion during WWII. He was Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont from 1950 to 1985. Click here for the complete obituary.

JOHN DAVISON     (posted: May 1, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  On Thursday April 26, 2012, John Amerpohl Davison passed away peacefully in Birchwood Terrace in Burlington, his daughter, Jenn, by his side, having only recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer on April 1, 2012. His acuity of mind was present to the very end. Born June 25, 1928, in Janesville, Wis., the son of Wilmarth and Grace Amerpohl Davison, John was destined for lifelong scholarship. After graduating from Janesville High School, he attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, where he pursued his love of science to achieve his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In 1957, he was awarded a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Duke Marine Laboratory and in 1958, performed research as a Pfeiffer Fellow at Princeton University. John taught biology at Washington University, Louisiana State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, before beginning his 30-year career as an associate professor of zoology at the University of Vermont. Click here for the complete obituary.

Transition for the 26th President of the University of Vermont     (posted: April 24, 2012)
memo to the UVM community from Robert Chioffi, Chairman of the UVM Board of Trustees on April 23, 2012:

Our incoming President, Tom Sullivan, has been actively engaged in multiple ways preparing for his official start at UVM in mid-July 2012. He has met with the Vermont Congressional Delegation in Washington, has been in communication with a number of key individuals and constituencies, and has begun planning his transition into the role if the 26th President of The University of Vermont. He was also on campus in late March for a series of meetings including time with the University Distinguished Professors and University Scholars.

Tom and I have discussed the appointment of a transition team to assist him in a smooth transition to UVM. It is critical that such a group be knowledgeable, diverse, and come from various corners of the University.  The Transition Team must also work well together in an environment of mutual respect and inclusiveness, without issues of territoriality. We concluded that such a group already exists in the form of the Presidential Search Committee – a proven, effective group of engaged University citizens.

The Transition Team is responsible for advising Tom about effective, comprehensive ways to learn about and become engaged in UVM and Vermont. This work is largely about logistical planning and covering all of the important bases. It is not about bending the incoming President’s ear about specific issues or needs. The good news is that the Presidential Search Committee already understands all of this, and is strongly committed to ensuring that Tom gets off to a good start.

The Transition Team met for the first time on Monday, April 16 and discussed a wide-range of issues including engaging the campus community in this important process through a brief on-line survey. Its purpose is to gather perspectives, ideas, and concerns for incoming President to be aware of from across the campus. Below is a link to an on-line questionnaire that is available until May 11, 2012. The information gathered will be shared with Tom and the Transition Team to inform their planning. Thank you in advance for your participation in the important process.

Let me close by extending best wishes and congratulations to the graduating class of 2012! You join a remarkable group of over 90,000 alums of this great University. I hope that you will return regularly to visit your alma mater and that you will remain close to the many wonderful friends you made while attending UVM. I wish you all good things in the future, and to the entire University community, I hope you enjoy a successful conclusion of the academic year.

JAMES H. BATES     (posted: April 16, 2012)
from the Burlington Free Press)  BURLINGTON - James H. Bates, 90, died at the Green Mountain Nursing Home on April 13, 2012. He was born in Boston, Mass. to the late Merritt and Florence Bates. He graduated from Leavitt Institute in Turner, Maine in 1939 and the University of Maine in 1943. Following three years of service in the Army and Army Air Force during W.W.II, he completed his master's degree at the University of Maine. Jim worked for the Maine Tuberculosis & Health Association from 1948-1951. He then became the Executive Director of the Vermont Tuberculosis and Health Association in 1951. He joined the staff at the Office of the Dean of the UVM College of Medicine in 1958 and completed his career there in 1987. Throughout his long tenure at UVM, Jim was respected for his dedication and integrity, as well as for the support he gave to both colleagues and medical students. Click here for the complete obituary.

ALAN IRWIN     (posted: April 11, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) ESSEX JUNCTION - Alan Emory Irwin, M.D., 66, passed away at his home in Essex Junction, on April 7, 2012, following a long battle with appendix cancer. He was born in Burlington to Edward Suter Irwin and the late Virginia Norris Irwin. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1963 and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont in 1967 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1971, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He continued his medical training with an internship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and an ophthalmology residency at The Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, which he completed in 1977. Between his internship and residency, he served for two years in the United States Air Force as a general medical officer. Dr. Irwin returned to Burlington in 1977 to practice ophthalmology and teach at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Click here for the complete obituary.

VIRGINIA CLARK     (posted April 8, 2012)

(from the Burlington Free Press)  Virginia Louise Prescott Clark, 82, died peacefully on March 31, 2012, after a mercifully brief illness. She was born on Dec. 24, 1929, in Boston, the only child of Frank and Phyllis (Whyte) Prescott. Raised in Chevy Chase, Md., she attended St. Johnsbury Academy where she met and married St. Johnsbury native, Harry L. Clark. They lived in the Washington D.C. area, St. Johnsbury, and Burlington, and settled in Shelburne in 1966. Virginia spent 36 fulfilling years there, and retired to Williston in 2002. With a lifelong passion for reading and language, Virginia worked as an executive secretary while launching an academic career that would become her life. Click here for the complete obituary.

JOYCE LIVAK     (posted April 5, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  RICHMOND - Joyce Kenyon Livak was born March 26, 1921, to Mildred Moore Kenyon and Esbon Conant Kenyon, at home in Richmond. Ninety years later, on Dec. 15, 2011, Joyce passed peacefully in that same home. Growing up on a farm, Joyce showed a love for animals, with an affinity to cats, since being a toddler. She attended the Richmond School, getting there in horse drawn conveyances. Upon graduation, she attended UVM, obtaining a bachelor degree in home economics. She taught secondary school in Johnson and Newport. Teaching was set aside after her marriage to Frank H. Livak, of Rutland, and subsequent birth of her three children. In the early '60s, she became a single mom, working and attending UVM, where she acquired a MS in biochemistry. In 1975, she earned a PhD in nutrition education, leading to a tenured position at UVM.  Click here for the complete obituary.

Steere, Mason Coauthor "Nature" Study of Iron "Pirates" that Support Virulent Meningitis-Causing Bacteria     (posted: March 24, 2012)
A new study, published in the February 12, 2012 online Nature clarifies how two important proteins “pirate” iron from their hosts to support a virulent pathogen called Neisseria, which accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths annually worldwide. These findings offer a new potential target for vaccines and drug treatments to combat bacterial meningitis, septicemia – a life-threatening blood infection – and the sexually-transmitted infection gonorrhea. Anne Mason, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and Ashley Steere, Ph.D., currently a postdoctoral associate in biochemistry who was mentored by Mason as a doctoral candidate, are coauthors on the study. Click here for the entire article.

Professor Emeritus James Loewen Wins Prestigious Sociology Award     (posted: March 23, 2012)
The American Sociological Association has presented one of its top honors, the 2012 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, to UVM Professor Emeritus James Loewen. Oliver C. Cox, Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier, the individuals for whom the award is named, were African Americans who put their scholarship in the service of social justice with an eye toward advancing the status of disadvantaged populations, broadening the views of society and improving global conditions. In recognition of their lifetime efforts, the ASA annually names an individual or institution that has performed outstanding work to forward human rights and social justice issues with an emphasis on African Americans or populations who have experienced similar historical racial discrimination. In his lifelong commitment to racial justice, Loewen has brought his rigorous work as a scholar into the public sphere where he has made a broad and powerful impact. His work dates back to 1963 when, as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University, he became interested in the immigrant Chinese American population in the Mississippi Delta, a topic he pursued as a Harvard dissertation and eventually turned into his first book, The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White. Click here for the complete article.

Future of Healthcare in Vermont: April 3 Presentation of Significant Interest to the UVM Community.     
(posted: March 19, 2012)
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(posted: February 26, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) BURLINGTON - Richard Narkewicz, MD died on Feb. 21, 2012, following a long battle with complications from cancer therapy. Born in Walpole, N.H. in 1934, he attended St. Michael's College in Winooski and received his MD from UVM in 1960. Following a residency in pediatrics in San Antonio, Texas, he was a pediatrician in the Air Force in Rome, N.Y. He moved to Burlington in 1966 and started a solo pediatric practice. He later joined with James Stackpole and Jack Murray and founded Timberlane Pediatrics. Click here for the complete obitury.

VISION DISCOUNT PROGRAM     (posted: February 23, 2012)
Subscribers to Northeast Delta Dental insurance can now obtain discounts on various vision-related products such as eye examinations, frames, lenses, and contact lenses. Examples are: 30% off frames, $125 off the cost of trifocal lenses, and 15% off contact lenses. Click here for more information, including a full list of benefits, and a list of providers.

(letter to the UVM community by Robert F. Cioffi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees)  It is with great enthusiasm that I inform you that the University of Vermont Board of Trustees has selected E. Thomas Sullivan, J.D. as the next president of the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, effective July 15, 2012. When he takes office, Tom will become UVM’s 26th president in the 221 years since the University was founded. For more information on Tom Sullivan, go to E. Thomas Sullivan. Click here for the complete text of Mr. Cioffi's letter.

CLARENCE EDWARD BUNKER     (posted: February 22, 2012)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Dr. Clarence Edward Bunker ("Bunk"), 82, of Essex Junction, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, following an extended hospitalization in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born on March 17, 1929, in Howland, Maine, and was raised by Nora and Clarence Bunker in Brewer, Maine.  Click here for the complete obituary.

CARDY RAPER  ON WCAX TV     (posted: February 6,2012)
You can view Cardy expounding on bits of her book "Love, Sex and Mushrooms.." this Wednesday, February 8 on WCAX TV, starting at 6:25-30 AM with Kagan Harsha on Books Over Breakfast, and, at 12:10-12:30 PM, with Judy Simpson on Across the Fence. Anybody in the Brattleboro area at 5:30am Friday, February 10, she will be at  Everyone's Books for an hour. The Across the Fence interview can be accessed later on

JOHN HERSCHEL DAVIS        (posted: January 23, 2012)
from the Burlington Free Press). BURLINGTON - John Herschel Davis, MD, FACS, former Chair of Surgery at the University of Vermont, died on Jan. 19, 2012, with loved ones by his side. He was born in Coraopolis, Pa. on May 11, 1924, the only child of Jack and Fern Pew Davis. He attended Allegheny College and Western Reserve University School of Medicine, receiving his MD degree in 1948.  Click here for the complete obituary.

SPRING LUNCHEON SCHEDULED     (posted: January 20, 2012)

The annual spring luncheon of the UVM Retired Faculty and  Administrative officers will be held Friday, May 11, 2012 from noon until 2:00PM at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. Guest speaker will be Wolfgang Mieder. The title of his pesentation will be;  "It Takes a Village to Change the World: Proverbial Politics and the Ethics of Place".

Click here for letter from Robert Chioffi, Chair of UVM Board of Trustees,  to the University community.

JEROLD LUCEY Receives IOM's 2011 Lienhard Award     (posted: January 3, 2012)
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM)  recently presented the 2011 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Jerold F. Lucey, a pediatrician whose investigation and application of medical technologies and procedures to the care of premature infants has helped save millions of lives. The award also honors Lucey for his role in expanding the global influence and reach of the journal Pediatrics as its editor in chief and for establishing an international forum that provides experts with opportunities to collaborate and explore the latest advances in treatments for premature infants.  For the complete article, click here.

HARRY J. McENTEE         (posted: December 29,2011)
from The Burlington Free Press on December 28, 2011)  SHELBURNE - Harry J. McEntee died peacefully, at home with family, on Christmas morning, 2011. Harry was born at home in the East Bronx of New York on Feb. 17, 1930. After graduating from high school, he served in the military during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. He married Phyllis J. Perry in 1955 while attending Plattsburg State University. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1956. He taught sixth grade in East Greenbush and Norwich, N.Y. He earned a Masters Degree in Education from Colgate University. Two summers were spent at the Harvard-Lexington Program and one summer was spent as a member of the faculty. He was a curriculum coordinator in Scottsville, N.Y., and a principal in Syracuse, N.Y. He earned his Doctorate in Education at Syracuse University in 1968. In 1970, he and Phyllis and their five children moved to Shelburne, where Harry was a professor of Education at the University of Vermont until retirement in 1985. Click here for the complete obituary.

LORRAINE WTERS PHILLIPS     (posted: December 29, 2011)
from The Burlington Free press on December 2, 2011) MIDDLEBURY - Dr. Lorraine Waters Phillips died Dec. 27, 2011, at the age of eighty-four, at her residence at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury. She was the daughter of Vinton W. and Anita W. Phillips of Annapolis, Md. As a graduate of Annapolis High School in 1945, she went on to graduate from the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, Duke University, University of Washington and Boston University. She held faculty positions at the University of Washington and the University of Vermont. Click here for the complete obituary.

MICHAEL N. STANTON     (posted: December 20, 2011)
from the Burlington Free Press). Michael N. Stanton, 73, of Colchester, died on Dec. 15, 2011, in Fletcher Allen Health Care following a short battle with pancreatic cancer and a related infection. Mike had a wonderful combination of intellectual prowess, practicality, and appreciation for the talents of those around him. His flawless memory served him well, whether it was skipping the third grade at the Park Street School in Essex Jct., tracking orders at an early job at GE in Burlington, understanding Tolkien's maze of character entanglements in "Lord of the Rings," or recalling significant historical dates/events long before the age of instant Google answers.
Click here for the complete obituary.

CARL H. REIDEL     (posted: November 6, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Carl H. Reidel, 74, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at home in North Ferrisburgh, after an extraordinary and fulfilling journey that touched the lives of all around him. Click here for the complete obituary.

LESLIE R. LEGGETT      (posted: October 18, 20110)
from the Burlington Free Press) Leslie R. Leggett, 84, of Burlington and Starksboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, surrounded by his loving family, in the Vermont Respite House of Williston. Leslie graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. He coached football at the university level and was also a professor in the Physical Education Department at UVM, where he also coached the men's swim team. Click here for the detailed obituary

MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS     (posted: October 7, 2011)
The Executive Board of the UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers group has just released the results of last Spring's survey. We are appreciative of the 160 persons who took the time to respond to the survey.  Click here for the Executive Summary. Click here for the detailed summary.

CHARLES CHRISTENSEN, Jr        (posted: September 28, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Charles Christensen, Jr., 83, of Essex Junction, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in the Vermont Respite Home of Williston after a long battle with congestive heart failure. Charlie was born on Oct. 31, 1927, in Palatka, Fla. to Edna Greene Christensen and Charles Christensen, Sr. Click here for the complete obituary.

WESLEY NYBORG     (posted: September 27, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Wesley Nyborg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont in the physics department, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, after a full and wonderful life of 94 years. Born in Ruthven, IA in 1917, the last of six children of Isaac Nyborg and Leva Larson, Wesley's childhood was spent on the farm, in a time and place before electricity and cars were generally available, with plow horses, a one-room school house and family sing-a-longs at the piano for company and comfort.  Click here for the complete obituary.

Click here for a letter from Prof. Jack McCormack, President of the RFAO with details about the Fall luncheon on October 25.

MARTHA WENZ     (posted September 24, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Martha Wenz passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at her home in Burlington. She was born on Feb. 19, 1922, in Woodbridge, N.J., the daughter of William and Mary (Krupa) Kowalczyk. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1939. She then began her long career as an administrative assistant. Martha traveled extensively as an Army wife, living in Germany and Japan, Virginia, Texas, and Oklahoma. She settled in Burlington, Vt. in 1962, and became an Administrative Assistant at UVM, retiring after 22 years of service.  Click here for the complete obituary.

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH UPDATE     (posted September 16, 2011)
(Letter from UVM Board of Trustees Chair, Robert F. Cioffi, to the UVM Community on September 16, 2011) Click here for the full contents of the letter

(from A. John Bramley, Interim President and Jane E. Knodell, Provost and Senior Vice President to the UVM Community on September 9, 2011):
For the past ten years the university has enjoyed tremendous success. This community’s collective efforts have greatly enhanced UVM’s stature, improved academic quality,  dramatically transformed our physical campus and stabilized our financial position relative to many of our peers. One of our main goals this year is to chart a path that will allow the university to maintain its upward trajectory and to ensure UVM’s continued success over the next ten years. Click here for the entire letter.

ARTHUR H. CHENEY, Jr.      (posted September 9, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press)  Arthur H. Cheney, Jr., 85, passed away on Sept. 7, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Plainfield, N.J. on Feb. 9, 1926, the son of Arthur H., Sr. and Irene (Ovitt) Cheney. Art attended Randolph schools and graduated from Rutland High School. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. and M.Ed. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma fraternity. Art pursued a Doctorate in Education at Syracuse University and Colorado College of Education. He taught at Randolph High School and was a Principal at Plainfield schools. He was Superintendent of Grand Isle Supervisory District, Orange-Windsor Supervisory District, and was the first Superintendent of the Chittenden South Supervisory District. Art was the Director of the Office of Student and Field Services in the UVM College of Education. He was a retired Professor Emeritus from UVM. Click here for the complete obituary.

CARDY RAPER'S BOOK NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK   (posted: September 4, 2011)
Cardy Raper's book, "Love, Sex and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science", earlier in paper back, has just come out as an e-book. It is described on her website, and is listed in She will be giving a book reading/discussion at Burlington's Fletcher Free Library on September 10 at 2PM. Click here for a poster for the event.

GINO ALDO DENTE      (posted: August 17, 2011)
(from the Burlington Free Press) Dr. Gino Aldo Dente, 94, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine, peacefully passed away on Aug. 14, 2011, at his home in South Burlington with his wife, Carmen, and many family members by his side. Born in Barre on April 12, 1917, he was the son of the late Basilio and Maria Dente, who immigrated to this country from Locana, Italy in 1901. Gino's early childhood years revolved around the family and working in their Italian grocery store. There he learned the value of hard work and business ethics, lessons he would carry throughout his life. Click here for the complete obituary.
MESSAGE FROM JOHN BRAMLEY      (posted: August 3, 2011)
A, John Bramley
Interim President

August 1, 2011

To The University of Vermont Community:

It is good to be back on campus, albeit rather unexpectedly, and it is an honor and a privilege to return to the UVM family as your Interim President.  Although I did not seek the position, I care deeply about this institution and concluded that it was my responsibility to serve at this extraordinary time in our history. With your help, involvement, and commitment, I believe we can make significant positive progress to the benefit of this place we all cherish.

I want to express my appreciation and good wishes to Dan Fogel, who has worked so hard and accomplished so much over the last nine years.  We have a strong foundation to build upon, and I will do my utmost to keep UVM on a sustainable and successful course.  We must not allow the remarkable progress we have made on so many fronts make us complacent.

We have challenges before us that we will face together, and we will do so openly, honestly, and respectfully.  I will be talking about them more specifically in the days and weeks ahead.  And thankfully, we have tremendous assets in our favor, including:

 *   Talented, distinguished faculty with a passion for scholarly excellence
 *   Extraordinarily dedicated staff who care about who we are and what we do
 *   Bright, motivated students who want to change the world and often do
 *   A burgeoning national presence and reputation for quality
 *   Great pride in our contributions to Vermont

I will share with you my emerging priorities and plans in the near future.  But for now, I want to be clear:  although I will occupy this position for a limited time, I intend it to be a time of progress, problem solving, and decisions that pave the way for the success of UVM and its next President.  For that to happen, I will need the active engagement, determined effort, and best thinking of the members of this very special academic community.

Thanks to all who have worked so hard to put us in such a positive position as a University.  I consider myself most fortunate to have the chance to walk with you again as colleagues in our quest to make UVM an even more sustainable, better place.  I’ll give it my best effort, as I know you will as well.  Together, we can achieve exceptional things. I am looking forward to it.

A. John Bramley
Interim President

(Letter from Robert F. Chioffi; Chair of the UVM Board of Trustees, to the UVM Community on July 25, 2011)

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the ap-pointment of Dr. A. John Bramley to the position of Interim President of The University of Ver-mont, effective August 1, 2011. We are extremely fortunate that John was both available and willing to step into this important role, and quite frankly, there could not be a better choice for this job in light of John’s experience, skills, character, and knowledge of UVM, in addition to his outstanding scholarly record. One of the Board’s primary goals is to keep the University’s up-ward trajectory moving ahead, and the appointment of John Bramley ensures that is going to happen. Click here for the complete letter.

PRESIDENT FOGEL RESIGNS        (posted: July 20, 2011)  
A letter from President Fogel on July 20, 2011 addressed to all members of the University of Vermont community:

"After much soul-searching, I have decided to tender my resignation from the presidency of UVM effective July 31. I am doing so for the good of this wonderful University and for deeply per-sonal reasons. Suffice it to say that I care greatly about my wife and our marriage, and it has become increasingly clear to me that, in the face of difficult challenges, I cannot serve the University to the best of my ability while obeying the imperative need I feel today to devote significant time and my very best energies to taking care of her and myself and, collaterally, to preparing to resume my work as a teacher and scholar, right here at UVM, in what my father always told me never to forget is the University’s highest rank, the rank of Professor. That for me will be a great joy, which I consecrate to his memory". Click here for the complete letter.

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