College news

• Chad Bernard of Jacksonville, a nursing major and member of the Class of 2021, was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

• Tuckerman Wunderle of Bellows Falls, a Writing, Literature & Publishing major, has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester at Emerson College in Boston.

School news

3 Generations Collaboration has engaged Chelsea Wright to serve as outreach intern, in cooperation with the Work-Based Learning program of Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School. Wright, as the organization's first-ever high school intern, is working closely with 3GC co-founder Jim Zoller to engage more students in the organization's mission of connecting youth and older adults through community service and volunteering. Founded in 2016, 3 Generations Collaboration serves the West River Valley and adjacent areas. Local youths may learn about current community service opportunities by contacting Wright at [email protected] or by visiting


• Janice Ruth Crump, 88, of Destin, Fla., formerly of Wilmington. Died Dec. 16, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Sandestin, Fla., after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 28, 1930 in East Barnard, Vt. She graduated from Colby College and married James Gleason Crump Jr. on Dec. 28, 1954. She and her husband lived in many different areas of the country as they raised four children. They retired in Destin in 1992. Janice was known by her family and friends in Destin for her great sense of humor and kindness. She was a longtime member and supporter of the Destin Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband and four children, James G. Crump III, Donald S. Crump, Laura J. Meils, and David V. Crump, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial information: A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m., at Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington.

• Robert M. “Bob” Kaeppel, 80, of Brattleboro. Died May 11, 2019 at Pine Heights Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Born at home in Dummerston on Dec. 19, 1938, the son of Morgan E. and Arlene M. (Allen) Kaeppel, he was raised and educated in Greenfield, Mass., and was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1958. He worked as a machine operator at The Book Press in Brattleboro from 1965 until 1989, when he retired following 24 years of faithful service with the company. Previously, he worked at the former Estey Organ Company on Birge Street. In 1959, he married Nancy Parmenter, who survives. Both attended St. Michael's Catholic Church in Brattleboro. Bob enjoyed puttering around his home, golf, camping, skiing (during his earlier years), and time shared with his family. He also loved animals. Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 60 years, he leaves four sons: Michael of Brattleboro, Kevin of South Berwick, Maine, Phillip (Karen) of Vernon, and Robert (Alisha) of Guilford; three daughters: Elizabeth Murdough (Herbert) of Hinsdale, N.H., Lisa Levesque (Paul) of Charlestown, N.H., and Barbara Hewes (Nathan), also of Charlestown. Additionally, he is survived by two brothers, Samuel of Greenfield and Bruce of Northfield, Mass.; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Krista Murdough. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held May 17 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, followed by committal rites and burial in St. Michael's Parish Cemetery. Donations to Brigid's Kitchen, 47 Walnut St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolence to the family, visit

• Frederick L. “Fred” Nutting, 88, of Marlboro. Died May 12, 2019 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, after an extended battle with cancer. Fred was born in Wells, Vt., on Oct. 10, 1930, the son of the late Jack F. Nutting and Mary L. Chamberlain, and attended local schools. He worked as a logger for decades, had his own rubbish removal service, and worked at the Dover Transfer Station. Fred enjoyed logging, working on cars, metal fabrication, and his International vehicles. He helped everyone out with whatever they needed, and cherished times spent with his family. The last big project he enjoyed was the restoration of a 1927 Seagrave fire truck with his sons, Larry and Fred. Fred is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Davis Nutting of Marlboro; children Mary Lazelle of Wilmington, Patricia Davis of Brattleboro, Linda Higgins of Bennington, Judy Strange of Brattleboro, and Larry Nutting of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Frederick G. Nutting, and sons-in-law Steve Lazelle and Bob Higgins. Memorial information: A funeral service was held May 17 at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home in Wilmington, followed by interment in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery. Donations to the Windham County Humane Society or the West Dover Fire Department in care of Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

• Phillip Alton “Phil” Reed, 68, of Hinsdale, N,H. Died unexpectedly on May 4, 2019 from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Route 63 in Erving, Mass. Born in Brattleboro on July 26, 1950, the son of Otis and Charlotte (Monette) Reed, he attended Vernon Elementary school and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1969. In 1973, he married Patricia Bruce, who survives. Phil worked most of his career at The Book Press in Brattleboro, initially employed in the composing department and later as a roll tender in the pressroom. He retired when the company closed its doors in the 1990s. For the past 15 years, he worked as a route driver for Holyoke News. Steadfast in his walk of faith, with his wife he attended Grace Evangelical Free Church in Spofford, N.H. He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed both racing and touring. He was active with the River Valley Riders Cycling Club and West Hill Bike Club. He also enjoyed contra dancing, riding his motorcycle, hiking, camping, and time shared with his family. Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 45 years, he leaves two daughters, April Clark and her husband, Jason, of Keene, N.H., and Melissa Reed of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Robert Reed and wife Cindy of Camden, N.Y., and Bruce Reed and wife Linda of Plattsburg, N.Y.; a sister, Priscilla LaValley and husband Kenneth of Ellenburg Depot, N.Y.; and two aunts, Roberta Monette and Bertha Monette. Additionally, he leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial information: A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m., at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Spofford. Burial will be in the Reed family lot in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Putney. Donations to Grace Evangelical Free Church, P.O. Box 120, Spofford, NH 03462 or Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolence to the family, visit

• Brian Kenneth Searles, 64, of Townshend. Died May 11, 2019 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Born in Portsmouth, N.H. on June 4, 1954, he was the son of Ernest O. Searles of Berwick, Maine. and the late Mary J. Perry, of Hillsborough, N.H. After graduating from Leland & Gray High School, Brian moved to Acton Hill, where he lived on his own terms for the rest of his life. He was self-educated, had a remarkable memory, and enjoyed talking to anyone about anything. When the Internet came along, he taught himself to use the computer and spent days researching both practical and esoteric subjects. Brian worked as a logger for a while and then turned to concrete foundations, working for several different local companies before starting his own, Acton Hill Forms. He became known for doing the impossible: repairing old foundations, pouring new ones and moving old houses onto them, and doing just about anything that could be done with concrete. Brian was a jack of all trades: installing several solar systems, wiring an entire new house, building bridges, or making a work of art of stone facing a chimney. He was kind and gentle with everyone, and will be sorely missed, especially by two special friends in Townshend, Dorothy (BooBoo) Griswold and Hedy Harris. He is survived by his father, and his siblings and step-siblings: Dennis Searles, of Kezar Falls, Maine; Eleanor Kruger, of Wells, Maine; Hugh Searles of Dublin, N.H.; Joan Searles of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Margaret Searles of Hillsborough, N.H.; Mary Searles of Concord, N.H., and their respective spouses; his uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Salme Perry of Rollinsford, N.H., and his aunt, Helen Searles of Eliot, Me., as well as several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Perry, and his step-mother, Maisie Searles. Memorial information: A gathering in his memory will take place at the NewBrook fire station in Newfane on Sunday, June 2, starting at 12:30 p.m.

• Shirley C. Smith, 88, of South Londonderry. Died Nov. 4, 2018 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington. Born in Milford, N.H. on Jan. 7, 1930, the daughter of the late Cecil and Maude Langille, she attended local schools. Shirley worked as a travel agent and administrative assistant for many years. She enjoyed golf, travel, dining out, crossword puzzles, and visiting with friends. She is survived by her stepchildren Jeffrey Smith of South Londonderry, Scott Smith of Danbury, Conn., and Kimberly Tenner of Arlington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Smith. Memorial information: A graveside service will be held in Gleebeview Cemetery in South Londonderry on May 25 at 1 p.m., with a celebration of her life immediately following at the South Londonderry Train Depot building. Donations to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of Brewster-Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

• Patricia “Pattie” Williams, 67, of Colchester. Died May 7, 2019, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield, Vt., after a long illness. A longtime school teacher and school librarian in northern Vermont, she was born April 16, 1952 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1970. She earned her B.A. and Master of Arts in Teaching from Beloit College in 1975. She lived in Marlboro, Plainfield, Woodbury, Montpelier, and Colchester. Pattie was a teacher at Leland & Gray High School in Townshend; Twinfield School in Marshfield; and a teacher and, later, librarian at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick. She also directed many plays and musicals with the students at these schools, and with such local theater groups as Plainfield Little Theatre, Unadilla Theatre, and others. She also sang for many years with the Montpelier Gospel Choir, and she attended their concert in Barre two days before she died. She and her late husband Joseph F. “Joe” Garofalo, a theatrical fixture in Northern Vermont for 15 years, had legions of friends throughout the area, and she was a founding member of the Wild Women of Woodbury. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, M. Henry and Mary Williams; two siblings, Frances Williams and Richard B. Williams, and a best friend, Sally Carpenter. She is survived by two sons, William S. Brown and his wife, Beth, of Brogue, Pa., and Benjamin C. Brown of Barre; two brothers, Stuart E. Williams M.D. and his wife, Sarah, of Montpelier, and Marshall B. Williams and his wife Marguerite “Meg” Gousie of Pawtucket, R.I.; two grandchildren, one niece, four nephews, and two grand-nieces; and her first husband, Michael Brown of Woodbury. Memorial information: A celebration of Pattie's life will be held Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. Donations in Pattie's name would be welcome at the UVM Medical Center Memory Program, 792 College Parkway, Suite 205, Colchester, VT 05446.

• Teri Young, 64, of Keene, N.H. Died May 10, 2019, at Hospice House in Concord, N.H., following 10 years living with breast cancer. Teri lived in Putney in the 1970s while attending, first, Windham College, then Keene State College, where she studied education. In 1980, after Ronald Reagan was elected president, she left the country without having completed her bachelor's degree. She ended up in Mexico, where she taught English for two years at a church school. Relocating to New York City, she taught middle grades for many years in a Catholic school in Brooklyn Heights, where she developed an experimental classroom. Teri eventually completed a B.S. in educational studies at Empire State College (1995), and received an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education (2001). She then became a public school administrator, first as assistant principal of middle grades at Brooklyn Collaborative School, then as founder and director of the upper grades component of that school. After moving to Brattleboro in 2007, Teri served as a consultant in educational leadership and inclusion-work which she had first done in New York City - in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this work, she became involved with the Center for School Renewal at Antioch University New England, which would prove to be a meaningful association. In 2011, Teri started as adjunct professor at Antioch, becoming core faculty in 2013, prompting her move to Keene that year. While at Antioch, Teri created the Dual Certification program in Elementary and Special Education, and became director of the Education Department's Integrated Learning program. During this time, Teri also received her Doctor of Education degree from Union Institute and University, in 2016. Besides her lifelong devotion to progressive and inclusive education, Teri was inspired by numerous figures in the arts, by many thinkers and educational theorists, by time spent observing nature, and by documentary films. She practiced Buddhism for many years, studying with various teachers, most significantly, Toni Packer, at Springwater Center, and Lama Pema Wangdak, in New York City. All of this informed her philosophy of seeing each student as an “individual universe” and teaching to that whole person. Over the years Teri inspired many students, who will remember her fondly as they carry out her vision, as will her dear friends and colleagues from Brooklyn, Brattleboro, and Antioch. She is survived by her partner of thirty years, Charlie Lewis. Memorial information: Anyone who wishes to honor Teri's memory may make a donation to the Keene Community Kitchen ( in her name.


• A memorial service for Thomas Johnson will be conducted at Dummerston Congregational Church on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in Dummerston Center Cemetery. Mr. Johnson, a lifelong resident of Dummerston, died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2019.

A committal service for Kenneth P. Chamberlin will be held at Dummerston Congregational Church on Monday, June 10, at 1 p.m. Burial at the Dummerston Center Cemetery will follow in the family lot. Mr. Chamberlin, of Dummerston, died on Dec. 16, 2018.

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