In Memoriam 2011
Friends of UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- By Cheryl Dorschner
Albert M. Smith
Albert M. Smith, whose 35-year career with the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences culminated in his tenure as associate dean of the College until 1993, passed away June 15, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 83.
Smith was a tireless champion of high quality undergraduate teaching and advising and a scientist whose significant research in ruminant nutrition was widely published. Among his service to many national and Vermont organizations, Smith was a founder of the Vermont chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho, a national agricultural fraternity, and a leader of what has become the Vermont Feed Dealers and Manufacturers Association.
He came to UVM as an assistant professor of animal sciences in 1957. Beginning in 1962, as department chair, he presided over a 17-year period of growth in animal science research, facilities and student enrollment. In 1967 he was promoted to professor, and from 1978-1987 he was associate dean of the College and director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station. He retired from UVM in 1993.
Albert Smith, a native of Maine, earned his degrees from the University of Maine and Cornell University. He served in the U.S. Army. While in Vermont he was a member, deacon and president of the First Congregational Church in Burlington.
His wife of 60 years, Patricia Gray Smith and his daughter Margaret Smith Rosenfeld also of Fort Myers survive him.
The Smith family established a UVM undergraduate nursing scholarship, the Kathryn Smith ('77) Memorial Fund, to honor one of their two daughters, a nurse, who predeceased him in 2001. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kathryn Smith Memorial Fund, c/o University of Vermont, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405.
Professor emeritus Raymond H. Tremblay ’44, ’48, who taught agricultural and resource economics at UVM for 40 years, died January 3, 2011 after a long illness. As an economist for the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station, he published over 200 publications. In summers he consulted for the U.S. State Department for six projects in Africa. He retired in 1987.
He was born in Highgate where he was educated first in a one-room schoolhouse and later at the local high school where he was valedictorian. He entered UVM in 1940 but left to serve in the 30th Infantry Division during World War II. He returned to UVM to earn his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1953.
He is survived by his wife Marguerite Tremblay of South Burlington; and daughter Marie Tremblay ’78; two sisters and their families.
University of Vermont professor emeritus of community development and applied economics and founder and leader of the UVM Tax Schools, Charles Bigalow of Shelburne died on Feb. 22, 2011. He was 70. He devoted his entire career to UVM. For many years he ran the tax schools and through his work with UVM Extension, he brought management, succession and tax planning expertise to many farm families.
Chuck grew up on a large dairy farm in Crown Point, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and graduate degree from the UVM.
He leaves his wife Llynda Bigalow, three daughters, first wife Nancy and many relatives and friends.
Professor of botany at the University of Vermont from 1948-1962, Louise Adele Raynor, 98, died Nov. 12 in Shelburne.
She was a 1936 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1945. Raynor was named associate professor upon her retirement from UVM.
She was also the author, with the late Carolyn Kerr, of “Church Needlepoint,” which was in print for 25 years. She designed and landscaped her remarkable home in South Burlington. While she no longer has family, she will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues.
Gerald Fuller, 78, of Shelburne died Dec. 9, 2009. He received his degrees from Cornell University, interrupted by service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He taught at the University of Illinois until 1968, when he and his family moved to Vermont where he taught in UVM’s College of Agriculture for 25 years and was a department chair. He served as regional and national president of the American Association of Teacher Educators in Agriculture, as secretary for the American Vocational Association’s national agricultural education advisory board, was a leader in the Vermont Agriculture in the Classroom program and helped establish a similar group for New England and New York region.
Fuller is cited in the 1990 yearbook of the USDA and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He was president of the Vermont Vocational Association and was appointed by three governors to serve on the State Council for Vocational Education. During the expansion of vocational and technical education in Vermont, Fuller developed a mentoring program that brought business and industry people into high school vocational teaching positions.
Fuller is survived by his wife Shirley Fuller, three children and their families.