University of Vermont

Office of the Registrar

Robyn Marie Zappala

Robyn Marie Zappala

In a small ceremony with Robyn's family and friends a beautiful Allegheny Serviceberry was commemorated in Robyn's name on Saturday, June 28, 2014 along the Admissions pathway behind the Admissions Office. The location is a quiet and peaceful place and the tree is in a location where it should thrive. Please stop by to see it when you get a chance.

It is with great sadness that we share that our colleague and friend Robyn Zappala passed away after a lengthy struggle with scleroderma on July 23, 2013.

Robyn began working at UVM in 1989 in the Bailey Howe Library. She moved to the Registrar’s Office in 1991, serving first as a Records Specialist, then as a Transfer Credit Evaluator, and finally as a Degree Audit Analyst. She worked tirelessly perfecting CATS degree audits for students and faculty, ensuring that students made progress toward their degree completion.

Robyn was always there for everyone. She was sincere, witty, kind, gentle, and caring. She truly knew each and every one of us in the office and would go out of her way to find small gifts that were clever and personal. We will all remember Robyn for her wonderful sense of humor, her wry smile, her keen wit, her broad ranging knowledge, and her dedication to serving students. She will be sorely missed in our office and in our lives.

If you would like to donate to the Scleroderma Foundation the information is as follows:

     Scleroderma Foundation, New England Chapter
     462 Boston Street, Suite 1-1
     Topsfield, MA 01983

For more information please visit the Scleroderma Foundation website.

      Excerpts from condolences our office received:

"Robyn touched our lives in many ways and the best gift she could have ever given us are the memories we will always treasure."

"I am grateful to have known her because she was always a ray of witty sunshine and friendliness in the office. She will be missed, and I know this will be so hard for our co-workers because she was loved by all of us."

"I'm so sorry to hear about Robyn. She was such a smiling, light presence in Waterman!"

"Because of her, we in the Waterman Building had someone who added so much kindness and humanity to the work day."

"We are so saddened by her passing. She was such a vital person in your team. Our sincere sympathies to you and all of your staff in the Registrar's Office."

"I am so sorry to learn of Robyn's passing, and want you to know I am thinking about each of you and all of the good people in your office."

"Robyn was a wonderful person. She will be deeply missed."

"She was a long-ago student of mine, and was one of the very best students I ever had."

"I will always remember her generosity, good spirit, and helpfulness."

"She was so pleasant all the time."

"I was not fortunate enough to know her on a personal level, I knew that if she was involved with something, it would be perfect."

"We will miss Robyn's gentle smile and quiet presence here in Waterman."

"She was an unsung hero."

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