College news

• Keith Carr Walsh of Marlboro was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass.

• Malcolm McNair of Landgrove was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester at Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.

• Jack DelPriore of Brattleboro and Matthieu Fortier of South Londonderry, along with their faculty advisor, Chris Boettcher, are among the 24 faculty-student groups that have been awarded institutional research grants for their collaborative research projects scheduled for the 2014-15 academic year at Castleton State College. DePriore and Fortier's project is entitled “Gamification and Game-Based Learning in the Literature Classroom.”


• Grace Cottage Foundation announced that Patricia Mack of Grafton has been elected to its Board of Directors. Born in and raised in Bridgeport, Conn., Mack graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in interior design. She worked as a designer at Ethan Allen in Connecticut, and later ran her own interior decorating company. She and her husband moved to Grafton in 1979, where they owned and operated several businesses including Partridge in a Pantry in Stratton and Mack's Place Eatery in Grafton. She has served on the Grafton Selectboard and Grafton Planning Board. She is currently an Auditor for the town of Grafton.

• Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Craig Rinder, MD, is joining BMH Physician Group. Dr. Rinder's current practice, known as Craig Rinder, MD, LLC, will be called BMH Urology. Its offices will still be located at 375 Canal Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. The new phone number for making appointments will be 802-251-8720. Dr. Rinder has been practicing urology in Vermont and New Hampshire for over 17 years. His practice provides medical and surgical care for illnesses involving the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra), the adrenal glands, and the male reproductive tract.


• John C. Barry, 69, of Bellows Falls. Died Feb. 23 at his home. Son of the late John and Connie (Bushway) Barry. Brother of Margaret Barry and Carol James, both of Bellows Falls, and the late Kevin Barry. Born in Bellows Falls, he was a 1963 graduate of Bellows Falls High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Keene State College. He worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking in Westminster, Silver Forest of Vermont in Bellows Falls, and for Smith Medical in Keene, N.H. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held Feb. 27 at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls. Arrangements were under the direction of Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls.

• Elizabeth Jane “Betty” (Stone) Lawlor, 83, of Rockingham, Died Feb. 25 in Springfield, Vt. Wife of the late John G. “Jerry” Lawlor, Jr. for nearly 64 years. Mother of John G. Lawlor, III, and his wife, Myra; Donna J. Cenate and her husband, John; Susan C. Lawlor; Brian D. Lawlor; Jeffrey M. Lawlor; and the late Steven Corey Lawlor. Sister of the late Otis Wheeler, Francis Wheeler, Lawrence Wheeler, Gerald Stone, Forrest Stone, Edith Stone, Louise Capron, and Freda Ellinwood. Born in Winchendon, Mass., the daughter of the late John Stone and Marion (Corey) Wheeler Stone, she attended schools in Keene, N.H., graduating from Keene High School in 1950. She later earned her degree from the Community College of Vermont. She was employed by the Springfield Times Reporter, and later the Brattleboro Reformer as a reporter. After enjoying many years of working with students in the Speech and Language Department, traveling to all of the schools in the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, she later enjoyed her position as Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools. She loved spending time with her dogs throughout the years. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, snowmobiling, and singing in the Bellows Falls Community Choir. She and her husband loved to vacation on the Maine coast with their family every year, and visited many lighthouses. She also enjoyed participating each year in the Bellows Falls Alumni Parade with her husband and his Class of 1949. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, where she was active in the Ladies Aid and Friendship Club. Memorial information: Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at First Baptist Church, with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

• Beverly June “Bev” Mackin, 91, of Brattleboro. Died Feb. 24 at Holton Home. Wife of the late James W. Mackin. Mother of Michael Mackin and his wife, Betsey, of Brattleboro; Timothy Mackin and his wife, Wendi, of Erving, Mass; and Eva Laraba of Winchendon, Mass. Sister of the late Robert Raymond, Theren Hitchcock, Louise Ost, Garnet Huether, and Marvel Clark. Born in Jamaica, the daughter of the late Philip and Jerusha Ann (Bell) Hitchcock, she was raised and educated in Guilford and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1943. She worked as a sales associate at the former J.E. Mann's Store, which she retired from in 1983. Previously, with her late husband, she owned and operated Jim & Bev's Diner on Elliot Street. For many years, she also had been employed at the Latchis Hotel. She was a member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post 1034 Auxiliary and served a term as president. Steadfast in her walk of faith, she was a longtime communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. She enjoyed making quilts, hooking rugs, jigsaw puzzles, and bowling. She especially enjoyed children. She was a faithful and devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held March 4 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Committal rites and burial in North Cemetery in Vernon will take place later in the springtime when the cemetery reopens. Donations to Holton Home, 158 Western Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301. Arrangements are under the care of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home of Brattleboro.

• Stephen A. Marsh, 64, of Brattleboro. Died Jan. 22. He served in the Marine Corps for four years. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Elks, and the Eagles. all in Brattleboro. At the time of his death, he was battling with alcoholism. He was predeceased by his parents, Joan and Raymond Marsh, and siblings Maureen Myers and Michael Marsh. He is survived by his brother, Robert W. Marsh of West Dover. Memorial information: There will be a private spreading of his ashes at a later date. Donations may be made to any of the four aforementioned organizations.

• Donald Allen Moore Sr., 82, of Vernon. Died Feb. 18 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H. Former husband of the late Ella B. Moore. Father of Rodney Moore of Vernon, and Donald Moore Jr. of Hinsdale, N.H. Born in Brattleboro, the son of the late Frederick and Helena (Owen) Moore. he attended school in Hinsdale, then served in the Navy during the Korean War era from 1952 to 1956. He was a lifetime member of Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034 in Brattleboro. He was a long haul independent truck driver for many years and worked at the Brattleboro Retreat as a boiler technician. He also had a cordwood business in Vernon. His leisure time was made up of bingo, fishing, hunting, hunting, and more hunting, and spending his time with family and friends. Memorial information: Burial will take place in the spring, at a time to be announced. Donations to Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034, Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

• Gordon E. Wheeler, 89, of Brattleboro. Died Feb. 21 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Husband of the late F. Carolyn (Goodrich) Wheeler for 62 years. Predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Wheeler, and several step-sisters. Born in Piermont, N.H., the son of the late Fred K. and Leona (Sawyer) Wheeler, he was raised and educated in Woodsville and Haverhill, N.H., and attended Haverhill Academy. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving in the European-African, Middle East, and Asiatic-Pacific areas at which time he received the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged on May 1, 1946. He worked as a house painter, at which time he met his future wife. They moved to Brattleboro and on May 8, 1949, they were the first couple married by the Rev. Raymond Kask in the Trinity Lutheran Church. He worked at Dunham Brothers for two years before joining the Brattleboro Police Department After one year of service, he was promoted to a special officer for an additional six years. In October 1958, he went to work for the Holstein Friesian Association as a mail clerk supervisor and, for 25 years, he drove for the company picking up directors, staff, employees and foreign guests from Bradley International Airport. After his retirement in 1986, he worked part-time for Sylvia Hunter Eaton, also driving private clients to the airport. He enjoyed public relations and was active in community affairs. He served as chairman of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce for six years and, in 1973, he helped to organize the July 4th Family Day. He also served as the director of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival, coordinated snowshoe softball, and played the Easter Bunny for the Recreation & Parks Department's egg hunts. For four years, he served as chair on the American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon Committee and helped organize the Holstein Friesian Retirees Association, serving as president for six years. He loved sports of all kinds and coached several area softball teams. He was a member of Centre Congregational Church for more than 50 years, having served as Past Decon, and worked on many committees within the church. He was a past member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, No. 5, and American Legion Post 5. Memorial information: Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Centre Congregational Church. Burial will take place in the family lot in Ladd Street Cemetery in Haverhill, N.H., in the springtime. There are no calling hours at the funeral home. Donations to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or to the Centre Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Arrangements are under the direction of Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

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