Roland Davis



• Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat, was presented with the hospital's 2015 Anna Marsh Award before 200 guests who attended a gala event in Simpson's honor on Oct. 24 at the Hilltop Montessori School's Arts Barn in Brattleboro. Named for the woman who founded the Brattleboro Retreat, the Anna Marsh Award is an annual recognition established in 2009 to honor individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and addiction. Past honorees include Vermont State Rep. Bill Lippert, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, former Retreat Board members Larry Cassidy and Julie Peterson, the late Vermont State Sen. Robert Gannett, and film and television actor Ken Howard. Simpson previously announced plans to step down as the hospital's CEO at the end of 2015.

• The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) recognized Joy Wallens-Penford for her many years of organizing and promoting Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk. Wallens-Penford has been overseeing Gallery Walk, a project of the Arts Council of Windham County, since 2001.

The council also elected new officers and as of Oct. 26, Shanta Lee Evans-Crowley was elected as ACWC president.

Evans-Crowley brings experience in community outreach, leadership/management, marketing/branding, event planning, building partnerships, and program creation/implementation to the role. Among her many roles in the area, she works as director of development for Windham Child Care Association, coordinates the Slow Living Summit, and has co-founded WildlyCreativeWorld, a new website that “connects individuals around the world while encouraging everyone to unzip their wild creativity in their daily lives.”

She succeeds John Dimick, who served the council for a year and has transitioned out of his role as president and trustee.


• David B. “Dooley” Carlson Jr., 85, of Berkeley, Calif. Died Sept. 23 at his home. Husband of Arabella Martinez. Former husband of Nancy L. Willson and Mary Small. Father of Jennifer Harris of Keene, N.H., Peter Carlson and his wife, Roxane, of West Townshend, David Carlson and his wife, Marcel, of Washington, D.C., and the late Christopher Carlson. Brother of Robin Carlson of West Brattleboro. Also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Born in Norwalk, Conn., the son of David Bertil and Mary (Swindlehurst) Carlson, he graduated from Greenwich (Conn.) High School in 1948. In 1949, he enlisted in the Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Leyte. Upon discharge from active service, he attended Boston University and received an associate's degree in journalism, and later attended Columbia University in New York City, receiving a bachelor's degree in economics. He worked for McGraw-Hill at Business Week magazine and later moved to Time, Inc., writing for Fortune magazine, and finally was a writer for Architectural Forum, where he worked for seven years. He helped convert Architectural Forum magazine from focusing on architecture to dealing more with cities, housing and urban development and the architectural and real estate business. In 1959, he wrote the obituary for the noted architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In the mid-1960s, he began working as an executive assistant to Robert C. Weaver of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, D.C., which later became the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary at HUD by Secretary Weaver (the first-ever African American appointed to be the secretary of a major federal department). While at HUD, he was instrumental in helping to create the Urban Institute, a research institute that carries out economic and social policy research. With the change of administrations from Lyndon Johnson to Richard Nixon, he began work at the Ford Foundation as a program advisor. Through his consulting work with the Ford Foundation, he helped to establish capacity building grants for groups such as the Southwest Council of La Raza, which later became the National Council of La Raza, based in Washington, D.C. His dealings with the Latino community were genuine and authentic, and he cared deeply about the people. In addition to the Ford Foundation, he did consulting work for the New York City Department of City Planning, and the Urban Institute, which hired him to be program director of the housing division in 1975. After leaving the Urban Institute, he continued with his consulting work into the early 1990s. He loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling, reading books, Jazz music, baseball, and cooking. His sense of humor brightened many lives, and his love was generously given to everyone he met. His love and friendship will be cherished forever. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: None provided.

• Laurence R. Childs, 87, of Brattleboro. Died Oct. 24 at his home. Husband of Miriam H. (Huntley) Childs for 65 years. Father of Wanda L. Benoit and her husband, Douglas; Wendy L. Parker and her husband, James; and Jeffrey R. Childs. Brother of Wilfred H. Childs of Holly Hill, Fla.; Alfred S. Childs of Westmoreland, N.H.; Robert A. Childs of Borden Town, N.J.; Justin H. Childs of Bremerton, Wash.; Nancy A. Landry of Somersworth, N.H.; and the late Harold and Norman Childs, Bernardine Chase Sanderson, and Elizabeth M. Childs, who died in infancy. Also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Born in Guilford, the son of the late Bernard S. and Esther (Howe) Childs, he graduated from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1946. He served his country in the Army, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., from 1952 to 1954. He worked at Dunham's Wholesale, Holden & Martin for 17 years and D.J.'s Inc. Wholesale for 26 years as an accounts payable manager. He was a member of Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro since 1969. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A graveside service and interment was held Oct. 28 in Morningside Cemetery in Brattleboro. Donations to the American Heart Association, Vermont affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Arrangements were handled by Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home of Brattleboro.

• Lilla Alice Clough, 87, of South Londonderry. Died Oct. 26. Wife of Robert E. Clough for 66 years. Mother of Susan Lang and her husband, George; Jennifer Snow and her husband, Thomas; Michael Clough and his wife, Tammy; and Mary Clough and her partner, Vinny Bushee. Sister of Ruth Clough of Dorset and Louise Foster of Weston. Also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Born in Weston, the daughter of the late Robert and Lena (Orkins) Davenport, she worked at the Weston Inn and Vermont Country Store before she and her husband started their family in South Londonderry. She loved life on the small farm they created. She enjoyed canning and preserving the harvest from the farm and worked with her husband to complete the many chores that came with farm life. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and, as her health declined, she continued to look forward to hearing news about her great-grandchildren. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A memorial service was held Nov. 1 at the South Londonderry Town Hall. Donation to the South Londonderry First Baptist Church, Box 278, South Londonderry, VT 05155; or to the Londonderry Rescue Squad, Box 911, Londonderry, VT 05148.

• Roland L. Davis, Jr., 86, of Vernon. Died Oct. 19 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Husband of the late Barbara A. (Sherwin) Davis for nearly 46 years. Father of John Davis and Kathleen Davis, both of Vernon. Stepfather of A. Lyle Howe of Guilford, Brenda Howe of Rockville, Conn., and Sandra Brys of Apollo Beach, Fla. Brother of Ruth Roy. Also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Born in Tunbridge, the son of the late Roland and Hazel (Durran) Davis, he was raised in Tunbridge where he attended public schools and went on to proudly serve his country in the Army from 1951 until his honorable discharge from service in 1957. He was a member of American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro. He worked for years as a house painter for Momaney Painters. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting deer ornaments and figurines, camping, and playing Bingo. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: Graveside committal services with full military honors will be conducted in Tyler Cemetery in Vernon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Donations to Vernon Volunteer Fire Dept., 2842 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT 05354; or to Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence for the family, visit

Michael D. Henkle, 66, of Westminster West. Died Oct. 28 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Husband of Katherine Richardson and father of Teague, Kate, and Beth Henkle. Mike was born in Toledo, Ohio on Dec. 10, 1948, the son of Roy and Shirley (Osborn) Henkle. His love of the outdoors manifested itself early in his life. He was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America and an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1971 and from the Andover Newton Theological School in 1976. During his schooling, he traveled to Lebanon (1969) and India (1973-74). These experiences opened up his world and fostered the innate compassion he had for the struggles of others. He came to Vermont on his motorcycle in 1976 to begin his ministry at the Putney Federated Church. His diverse career included several teaching positions and two successful businesses. He loved hunting, but even more, he loved being in the woods. He was a true steward of the land. He was artistic, with a beautiful singing voice and a love of music. His paintings reflected his love of the outdoors and his ability to see and understand color and movement. His greatest passion was for his family. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A memorial service will be held at the Westminster West Congregational Church in Westminster West at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, with a 5 p.m. potluck to follow at 98 Aiken Rd, Putney.

• Richard “Sonny” “Hoosie” Hoose, 85, of Bellows Falls, formerly of Westminster. Died Oct. 26. Husband of Elaine Marie (Sumner) Hoose for nearly 58 years. Father of Joan Hoose and Dwight Hanson of Keene, N.H.; Debi Butler and her husband, Don, of Bellows Falls; and Stella Hoose and Tom Hutchins of Bellows Falls. Brother of James Hoose and his wife, Joyce, of Highgate Center, Betty Mack of Walpole, N.H.. Marguerite Hoose of Rutland, and the late Francis and Alvin Hoose, Rena Bruley, Marjorie Heath, Helen Raymond, and Gertrude and Violet Hoose. Also survived by nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Born in Fairfax, the son of the late Richard and Stella (Greenwood) Hoose, he served in the Army during the Korean War and worked for Putney Paper Company. In retirement, he drove for Brattleboro Chrysler. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Bellows Falls and a member of the American Legion in Bellows Falls. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A memorial service was held Oct. 31 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, with burial in Westminster Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Fund or to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

• Virginia C. Mosher, 89, formerly of Bellows Falls. Died Oct. 11. Wife of the late Kenneth Mosher for 55 years. Mother of Scott Mosher and his wife, Mary, Gail Bailey, Gary Mosher and his wife, Kelly, and Jill Dorsey. Sister of Arnold Adams and his wife, Rita. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Harper and Irene (Adams) Whitcomb. She moved to Bellows Falls in 1938 and graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1944. She got married in 1946 and the Moshers settled in Brattleboro, staying until 1954, when they moved to Bellows Falls after Mr. Mosher was hired at New England Power. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life. Caring for her family was her priority and joy. She was a woman of many talents. She was a meticulous seamstress who was also gifted with a beautiful singing voice. All of her children remember her singing constantly as she worked in the house. Over the decades, she sang at weddings, funerals, and special occasions. She enjoyed the annual family vacations at Lake Champlain's Mallet's Bay. Each day was filled with family-oriented activities. After her husband retired, they spent time traveling to North Carolina, Texas and to the homes of their children. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Skowhegan, Maine. Burial will take place at a later date.

• Peter Karl Sachau, 79, of Brattleboro. Died Oct. 22 at his home, following a period of declining health. Longtime companion of the late Carol Leonard. Father of Daniel Sachau of Glens Falls, N.Y., Debra Stanley of Raleigh, N.C., and Doreen Sachau of Arlington. Twin brother of Walter Sachau of Germany. Also survived by four grandchildren, one niece, a nephew, and his loyal dog, Jeger. Born in Hamburg, Germany, the son of the late Walter and Erna (Osterland) Sachau, he was raised in Germany, where he attended schools in Hamburg. He later came to the United States and proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He later went to work for New England Telephone and was employed as a technician in both the Bennington and Brattleboro offices. He helped raise his granddaughter, Jasmine, and greatly shaped the woman she has become. He was a strong, kind, and loving man, and died the same way that he lived, with dignity. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: In keeping with his final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled. Donations to Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or BAYADA Hospice, 1222 Putney Rd., Suite 203, Brattleboro, VT 05301. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence for the family, visit

• Terrilee Rounds, 48, of Westminster. Died Oct. 23 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction. Wife of Orland Rounds for 16 years. Mother of Corey Rounds and his wife, Mariah, of Charlestown, N.H.;Ryan Rounds and his wife, Tina, of Alstead, N.H.; Caleb Rounds and Rebekah Rounds, both of Westminster; and Katheryn Rounds of Swanzey, N.H. Sister of David Ainsworth of Hinsdale, N.H.; Linda Wiley and her husband, Gary, of Florida; and Cynthia Greene and her husband, Rick, also of Florida. Also survived by seven grandchildren. Born in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Kenneth and Sandra (McCullock) Ainsworth, she attended schools in Brattleboro, graduating in 1985 from Brattleboro Union High School. Following school, she served her country in the Army for four years and then in the Vermont National Guard for 13 years, where she worked in a medical transcription unit. After the Army, she worked in the Central Elementary School lunchroom. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A funeral service was held Oct. 28 at the Immanuel Church in Bellows Falls, followed by burial in New Westminster Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home of Bellows Falls.

• Henry Shattuck, 78, of Bellows Falls. Died Oct. 28 at home. Wife of Ramona Fortier Shattuck for 53 years. Father of Tracy Lynn of Bellows Falls and the late Louis Paul and Tammy Sue Shattuck. Brother of the late Richard and Rowena Shattuck. Also survived by three grandchildren. Born in Windsor, the son of the late Winifred Shattuck Coltey and Carroll Shattuck, he grew up and attended schools in Chester. His first job was at the Tannery in Bellows Falls, He was truck driver for Valley Oil and Kelton Milk, later, he worked 21 years for White Paper (now Green Mountain Paper) in Bellows Falls. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, and watching the Red Sox and NASCAR. Bird watching was a favorite hobby, especially watching the hummingbirds. MEMORIAL INFORMATION: A graveside service was held Nov. 4 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester. Donations to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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