Academic Ceremonies - Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipient
Raymond C. Pecor Jr.
Doctor of Laws
Few of Burlington’s native sons have given more of their time and effort to improving the quality of life of their hometown and state than Raymond C. Pecor. His contributions in the areas of transportation, entertainment and downtown revitalization have been critical to the economic development of the state for more than four decades.
Signs of Pecor’s investments in the community can be seen all around Chittenden County where he grew up attending Burlington schools. Perhaps his most well-known venture was the purchase of the Montreal Expos’ minor league franchise in 1994 and his continued ownership of the team – now known as the Vermont Lake Monsters. Another of Pecor’s investments can be seen less than a mile from his team’s home park at Centennial Field where the renovated Champlain Mill sits on the banks of the Winooski River. Pecor’s multi-million dollar investment in the historic mill in 1979 helped set the stage for the city’s current revitalization.
Pecor, who attended the University of Vermont in the early 1960s and later served on the UVM Board of Trustees and UVM Alumni Council, has provided a critical mode of transportation between Vermont and New York since 1976 when he purchased the Lake Champlain Transportation Company. Currently run by his son, Trey, LCTC provides ferry service from multiple points on Lake Champlain, continuing a tradition started in 1826 that has served as a vital business and tourist connection between the regions.
Pecor, who previously owned Lake Champlain Cable TV and helped develop the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Burlington in 1987, has served on numerous local boards including as a director of Merchant’s Bank for more than 30 years and chairman since 1996. He also served on UVM’s then School of Natural Resources Board of Advisors and won the UVM Alumni Achievement Award in 1997.
Not one to seek the spotlight, many of Pecor’s contributions to fledgling businesses and other local organizations in need of advice or financial support have been done anonymously and without the desire for recognition. Pecor continues to serve on local boards and give back to his hometown, the university and the State of Vermont.
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