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VIKING VOICE A Magazine for Lyndon Institute alumni, parents and friends.

The More Things Change… Lyndon Institute’s Campus Through the Years Story on page 8

Daren M. Houck

Letter from the Headmaster......................................... 1


On Campus............................................................................................. 2

Donald F. Steen, Jr. ’89

The More Things Change................................................... 8


Christine Fayette

150th Events...................................................................................12



Twiladawn W. Perry ’77



Robert G. Heath, Jr. ’88


Raquel Majeski

Alumni Weekend.......................................................................26


Class Reunions..............................................................................30

Meredith R. Feltus ’87 VICE PRESIDENT

Class Notes.........................................................................................33

Dr. Gregory J. McCormick ’91

Alumni Events...............................................................................39


Nathan P. Sicard ’00

In Memoriam..................................................................................40


Charles W. Bucknam

This is LI................................................................. Back Cover


David J. Beattie ’61

Front cover image: This image of the view that greets all who exit the Main Building was created by combining a vintage photo from the 1960’s with one taken this year.


David R. Stahler, Sr. ’65

Dr. Dorothy J. Allard ’72 David B. Aronoff ’82 Richard D. Ashton ’61 Laura P. Ashton Joseph Benning Lawrence V. Cipollone Marlin W. Devenger ’67 Patricia B. Emery ’70 Joseph C. Flynn T. Michael Flynn James C. Gallagher ’63 Stephen A. Gray ’65 Daniel D. Heath ’68 Peter C. Hopkins ’75 Lorraine C. Matteis ’65 James A. McDonald ’66 Amy M. McGarry ’86 Emery J. Noyes ’62 Harwant S. Sethi, Sr. Sara J. Simpson Elaine A. Smith ’63





Homecoming...................................................................................24 Commencement..........................................................................25



Annual Giving ...............................................................................18






Melissa A. Hall, Director of Development P.O. Box 127, 168 Institute Circle Lyndon Center, VT 05850 802 535-3773 fax 802 535-3767



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As Lyndon Institute is preparing for its 150TH anniversary, our minds are drawn to those visionary and generous benefactors of our school—Darling, Harris, Vail, and many others. The committed men and woman that planted seeds into our endowment and construction projects had such a passion for this place, and they directed that passion into creating and preserving its legacy.

Letter from the Headmaster

IN A RECENT CONVERSATION WITH DAVE STAHLER, JR. for this issue of the Viking Voice I talked about the incredible gardens at Gateway Cottage, planted by the Mathewson family many years ago. As an educator and headmaster, I cannot ignore the symbolism every spring of the many seeds that beloved headmaster O.D. Mathewson planted in his students and this community for dozens of years. And—like the flowers at Gateway—they continue to bloom year after year in our 8,000 living alumni, spreading more seeds throughout the gardens of this world for generations to come. Similarly, I am reminded of the seeds of our founders who brought our school not only into existence, but into prominence. As Lyndon Institute is preparing for its 150TH anniversary, our minds are drawn to those visionary and generous benefactors of our school—Darling, Harris, Vail, and many others. The committed men and woman that planted seeds into our endowment and construction projects had such a passion for this place, and they directed that passion into creating and preserving its legacy. It can be easy to get caught up in the beauty of our campus and the tradition of our history. But, the grandeur of our historic buildings and the splendor of our lush grounds and the love of our traditions did not come to fruition by happenstance. The intentional actions of trustees and townspeople and of employees and alumni—each investing their wealth, wisdom, and work into what Lyndon Institute was and was to become—is how we have arrived at this place in our history.

To celebrate a sesquicentennial is an achievement. I am honored to be the Lyndon Institute Headmaster who celebrates this historic event with all of you. But these celebrations will not just be about the past. No; it is also our duty—all who call Lyndon Institute our school, our alma matter, and our vocation—to ensure that we too invest in our school as our forefathers and mothers did. We must ensure, like Darling and Harris and Vail—who gave selflessly without receiving or expecting anything in return—that Lyndon Institute stands for another 150 years. We must ensure that we maintain our financial and our educational independence. We must ensure that we preserve and build upon our historic campus. And we must ensure that we—like the Mathewson family—enable Lyndon Institute to plant seeds in the lives of the children of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and around the world for generations to come. Sincerely,

Daren M. Houck, Headmaster FALL – WINTER 2016


On Campus

T. Michael and Larissa Flynn Award

DIVERSIFIED AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE Instructor Jerry Leonard is the recipient of the first T. Michael and Larissa Flynn Award. The award honors a deserving employee who, like the Flynns during their storied teaching career at LI, exemplifies LI’s Purpose, Promise and Principles. The recipient, in particular, must provide students an academically challenging program that inspires lifelong learning, an engaging and empowering academic environment that nurtures the interests and respects the needs of each student, and supports individual growth and exploration, among other criteria. “Jerry lives the ‘LI Way’ each and every day. He puts students first and is a consistently positive player on our team. I feel fortunate to work with such an outstanding teacher,” said Mr. Houck.

In particular, this award honors the employee who lives and works the “Flynn way” – not only teaching, coaching, and advising students by developing strong and meaningful relationships during the “regular” school day, but also by providing additional support and opportunities for students before and after school and on weekends—be it in academics, athletics, arts, or campus life. In keeping with the Flynn’s spirit of travel and to promote LI’s principles of creating global awareness and crosscultural understanding, Jerry will receive four domestic round-trip or two international round-trip tickets, which will be donated to the school for this award.


Lyndon Institute students who recently won national awards for Spanish and Latin. (L-R) Spanish and Latin Teacher Roy Starling, Colin Gallagher, Justin Tracy, Jeremiah Aiken, Will Miller-Brown, Gwyn Sheperd, Kate O’Farrell, Joleil Whitney, Tara Sethi, Erin O’Farrell, Luka Grubic, Sophie Lamar, Morgan Hall, Daniela Sormova, Emily Collins, Samantha Valentine, Mikayla Roy, Emily Dunn, and Spanish Teacher Chris Manges.

Students win National Spanish and Latin Awards

CONGRATULATIONS to several LI world language students who attained national recognition for excellent performances at the 2016 National Spanish and Latin Examinations.

For the National Spanish Examinations, congratulations go to Mikala Roy for earning the gold medal; Colin Gallager, Sophie Lamar, and Kate O’Farrell for earning the silver; Luka Grubic and Joleil Whitney for earning the bronze; and to Daniela Sormova, Emily Dunn, Samantha Valentine, Morgan Hall, and Erin O’Farrell for earning an honorable mention.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States, with over 160,000 students participating in 2016.” In the National Latin Exam, Emily Collins received a gold medal; Kate O’Farrell, Will Miller-Brown and Laurel Goodwin received silver; Jeremiah Aiken received magna cum laude and Gwyn Sheperd and Justin Tracy received cum laude.



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Lyndon Institute Selected for Statewide 2016-2017 Northeast Farm to School Institute

LYNDON INSTITUTE IS ONE OF THIRTEEN TEAMS SELECTED to participate in the second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute, hosted by Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED). The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a year-long learning opportunity that will help LI to advance their initiatives in diversified and sustainable agricultural education while also providing insight as to how the organization can further develop their efforts to provide fresh, locally sourced products in the cafeteria.

“Engaging in initiatives like the Northeast Farm to School Institute is in keeping with Lyndon Institutes’ guiding Promise & Principles which convey, among other interests, our beliefs regarding the great value of our local surroundings and our desire to collaborate” stated Gloria Bruce, Director of Communications. “It allows us to engage with local farms, food and beverage producers, and ensure that there is a place for their offerings on our tables. This initiative also supports our efforts to develop methods by which we can connect our students with a robust education relating to diversified and sustainable agriculture.” With the support of a coach, each school team will create and implement a 2016-2017 farm to school action plan. These plans integrate proven effective practices into schools, such as visiting farms, gardening and cooking activities, serving seasonal foods in school cafeterias, and offering food systems-based hands-on science, math, and literacy lessons. The Northeast Farm to School Institute builds and strengthens a Northeast peer‐to‐peer community of farm to school practitioners and model schools focusing on best practices. While other teams are traveling from all across the northeast to attend the Farm to School Institute the Lyndon Institute team benefits in that the offering is provided right here in Vermont. Vermont is considered an ideal host location for the Northeast Farm to School Institute. The state’s continuing leadership in locavorism has been credited, in part, to its robust farm to school initiatives. While 42 percent of schools participate in farm to school nationally, 83 percent of districts participate in Vermont, according to the USDA census. The state’s schools spend 17 percent of their budget, or $1.5 million, on local foods. A University of Vermont study found that for every dollar Vermont schools spend on local food, $1.60 is contributed to the local economy, demonstrating farm to school’s win-win model for both student health and local economies. Through the Farm to School Institute, VT FEED has supported the development of farm to school programs at 62 schools and districts, reaching over 38,000 students.



On Campus

Teacher of the Year

DANCE TEACHER REBECCA MCGREGOR has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 David J. Dwyer Teacher of the Year Award. The award is voted on by the teachers of Lyndon Institute and honors a teacher who exemplifies the finest qualities found in all of the greatest teachers. In his presentation speech, former honoree Tim Ulrich introduced Rebecca, or Becca as she is known to her colleagues, as “supportive, encouraging, and dedicated” and went on to say that “these are some of the words that come to mind when I think of all my colleagues and this year’s winner takes these words to new heights every day. She is a priceless member of Lyndon Institute, a role model that we all should aspire to emulate. She quite literally lifts us all up with her energy and positivity. She has helped me and many other teachers here at LI with her encouraging words and support.”

Logan Larose Named UVM Green and Gold Scholar

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT (UVM), Thomas Sullivan, has announced the nomination of Lyndon Institute senior, Logan Larose, for UVM’s Green and Gold Scholarship, an honor awarded to Vermont’s very best students. As a Green and Gold Scholar at UVM, Larose qualifies for a full-tuition scholarship based on the rate set for residents of Vermont. The scholarship value is estimated at approximately $58,000 over four years. At LI, Logan was named an Advanced Placement® (AP) Scholar in his junior year, having earned a score of three or higher on four AP tests. He has taken honors courses, and will, upon the completion of his senior year, have completed eight AP courses. Logan was inducted into the National Honors Society in his junior year and has also participated in the Vail Scholars Program at LI.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Logan was honored as a recent recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He is serving as a member of the Student Council in his senior year and has served as both the managing editor and chief editor of the school newspaper. Logan has accomplished all of this whilst also engaging in a variety of athletic endeavors including varsity soccer and basketball. Logan was inducted into the Athletic Honors Society in his junior year. He is the son of Robert “Bob” ’83 and Kim Larose who reside in Danville, VT.



Lyndon Institute Introduces Upper and Lower Schools

LYNDON INSTITUTE HAS TAKEN THE NEXT STEP in reorganizing our traditional high school model by introducing an Upper School and Lower School to continue to advance strong academic and individual student support. Headmaster Daren Houck is pleased to announce that Stergios Lazos has been named Upper School Director and Richard McCarthy, Lower School Director.

Recognizing that students in their first two years of high school have different needs than those in their last two years (or similar), each “school” has a director who is responsible for the supervision of teachers, the development of curriculum, and the monitoring of student performance and parent communication within their respective schools to fulfill Lyndon Institute’s Purpose, Promise and Principles. The Lower School includes the 9TH and 10TH grade years, while the Upper School includes the 11TH and 12TH grade.

DICK MCCARTHY As a member of the Lyndon Institute faculty since 2013, Mr. McCarthy brings over 22 years of experience to this role. He began teaching 7TH, 8TH and 9TH grade English. He has also served as an AP® Literature and Composition teacher. He co-authored a book on AP preparation in English for a volume in Pearson Education’s AP Test Prep series. While at LI, McCarthy was named a Division Head for the Humanities in 2014. The Humanities Division brings together programs in English, History, and the Visual and Performing Arts. He also has an impressive 25-year coaching career as a boys varsity soccer coach for teams in Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Vermont.

STERGIOS LAZOS Mr. Lazos has over 30 years of independent school experience in administration, teaching, and coaching. Throughout his career he has served as a department chair in foreign languages, as a development officer, and as a basketball, football, and tennis coach. He received his A.B. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Hartford. Lazos is also a past and current member of several professional organizations including the American Classical League, the Classical Association of Midwest and South, the Ohio Classical Conference, the Ohio Foreign Language Association, the Ohio Association of International Baccalaureate, the Lakewood Historical Society, and the Northeast Ohio Dartmouth College Club.

National Track & Field Rules Committee

PAUL WHEELER, THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES at LI, has been appointed to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track & Field Rules Committee. The function of this committee is to write the official playing rules for high school level track and field competition.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed to this national level committee. Having been a track and field coach at the youth and high school levels as well as a certified official, I am anxious to engage in this committee’s oversight responsibility for USA high school track and field,” stated Mr. Wheeler. “Track and field is a wonderful sport, with opportunities to compete for student athletes of all sizes and strengths. I look forward to working with committee members from all over the country who share a unified vision and passion for the sport.” The National Federation Board of Directors approved Mr. Wheeler’s appointment in July. His term of office is four years and will not expire until 2020. Until then Mr. Wheeler will use his years of experience in combination with a national perspective on high school track and field to help shape the official playing rules for the sport. FALL – WINTER 2016


On Campus

Ethan Bernier (Culinary Arts)

Quentin Peavey (Mobile Robotics Technology), Ramon Qu (computer programming advisor), Cole Rentz (Mobile Robotics Technology alternate), Kaden Brown (Mobile Robotics Technology), and Ethan Strout (Welding Sculpture).

State SkillsUSA® Medal Winners

LYNDON INSTITUTE WAS WELL REPRESENTED at the recent state SkillsUSA competitions. Ethan Bernier won a silver medal in Culinary Arts at the 2016 state SkillsUSA competition. In 2015, he won a gold medal at states in Commercial Baking and went on to win a silver medal at nationals (one needs to win a gold medal at states to compete at nationals). He is the first student in Vermont to go to the national competition and win a medal for one category and then compete at the state competition the following year and win a silver medal in another. Then junior Ethan Strout earned the gold medal in the Welding Sculpture competition with a beautifully crafted replica of a Holmes 480 wrecker. This is the third year that Welding Sculpture has been offered at the Vermont competition. It is also the third year the gold has been earned by an Lyndon Institute student. In Mobile Robotics Technology, then sophomores Quentin Peavey and Kaden Brown competed as a team with sophomore Cole Rentz serving as an alternate. All three students worked hard as a team prior to competition. Classmate Ramon Qu also helped with the programming of the robot and is working with the team to further their knowledge in robot code as they prepare for the national competition.

The Kingdom Blades

LYNDON INSTITUTE (LI) and North Country Union High School (NCUHS) will create a combined girls hockey team, “Our partnership with North Country is an example of two schools and communities joining forces to provide increased opportunities for students. Collaborating and being creative to make for better outcomes is what I see people in this region doing every day. I am proud to be one of those people and for LI and NCUHS to serve our region together”, said Headmaster Houck in a statement. The new team will allow the North Country team to continue despite declining participation, and LI students to participate with an established team with a varsity schedule. According to NCUHS Athletic Director Ian Dinzeo, 10-12 NCUHS students are interested in skating for the team and LI Athletic Director Mr. Wheeler believes that LI will have 7-9 students participating.



The Dell Scholarship

Photo: Sholan’s Shoots

LYNDON INSTITUTE SENIOR BRANDON GARFIELD, son of Tina and Leon Garfield ’84, of Lyndonville, has been awarded the prestigious Dell Scholarship. The Dell Scholars program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. In turn, these scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their families, friends and their communities. The Dell Scholars Program aims to provide students with everything they need to begin and complete college. Dell Scholars receive $20,000 to complete their higher education over the course of six years. In addition, the Dell Scholars Program provides students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their college degrees. Scholars become part of a support network for each other that is made up of themselves, their schools, families, peers and a dedicated Dell Scholar team at the Michael & Susan Dell foundation.

Brandon has been a three year member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program and has spent two summers living on the LSC campus, taking college preparatory courses, and volunteering in his community. Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRIO educational opportunity programs, and our students come from modest income backgrounds and are often the first in their families to attend college. Brandon has taken rigorous academic courses to prepare for college-level study. This is a young man who has faced obstacles on his path to college preparation, but who dedicates himself to improving his academic abilities each and every semester. He has also been involved in Athletics through Baseball and Basketball, where he received a Sportsmanship Award. He is a determined and kind young man. Brandon has also been involved in the community and has given over 135 hours of service through the Upward Bound program. In Upward Bound Brandon was also a key student volunteer with the Warm the Children program, where he helped give away more than $8,000 of new winter clothing to schoolchildren in need. Brandon also spent two summers in volunteer internships first at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, and most recently as the Radio Manager for WWLR on the LSC campus.

Lyndon Institute to Manage the Fenton W. Chester Arena

ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016 members of the Lyndon Town Selectboard voted unanimously, to enter into a five-year contract with Lyndon Institute to manage the Fenton W. Chester Arena. The Arena opened for its first season in 1979 and has been managed by the Lyndon Area Sports Association (LASA) non-profit organization, with a volunteer Board of Directors. Over the years, the LASA Board has worked to steward many positive changes including the expansion of the snack bar, the addition of locker rooms, the development of improved energy efficiency programs, the construction of new bleachers and installation of new glass, and many other beneficial projects. Most recently, the Board expanded the operation of the facility to be a year-round asset by installing a turf surface that is in use throughout the warmer months. Informal conversations between LASA and Lyndon Institute regarding the Arena began in the spring of this year. Lyndon Town was asked to join in the conversation so all parties could collaborate in this transfer of management.

“Our goals are to not only maintain, but also to improve community access to the Fenton W. Chester Arena and, in doing so, to enhance its overall value to the community at large,” stated Headmaster Daren Houck.” Further, we believe that we have the capacity within our personnel to manage the facility in such a way so as to help sustain it into the future. Finally, this agreement makes sense for Lyndon Institute in that it allows us to introduce new programs and offerings to our students. For example, we are very excited to announce the launch of our first girl’s ice hockey team in the coming year.”



The More Things Change… Lyndon Institute’s Campus Through the Years by David Stahler Jr., ’90



rom the front doorway, framed by white fluted columns, the view unfolds. Wrought iron lampposts and granite steps give way to a dividing path. The left course rolls down the hill, past an old cemetery and the Town House—a simple structure that has stood for over two centuries—toward a cluster of buildings that house, among other things, the school’s vocational programs, its admissions office, and student center. The right flows down past a steepled church, toward the Sanborn gymnasium and the art center. Between the paths, a track encircles the football field. This expanse of green extends beyond the road to a grassy quad encircled by dormitories of all shapes and sizes. But the view doesn’t end there. Beyond the dormitories, the land drops down again to practice fields along the Passumpsic River’s edge. And on the other side, the village, stretching across the valley and up the opposite hillside where the open slope of the town’s local ski club faces the school, a familiar gap amid the forests and fields. This is the view that so many return to when they think of Lyndon Institute. And indeed, it’s hard, when hurrying out the front door of the main building to class or practice or a meeting to not stop and take it all in and be struck by the beautiful symmetry of the landscape, by the lush greens of spring and summer, the fiery colors of fall, or by the hundred threads of smoke rising from the chimneys in the village on a frosty winter morning.

That the village is so much a part of this view speaks to Lyndon Institute’s history. The school’s roots begin with the town, with a people who—in an aspiring railroad community in the post-Civil War era—wanted to build something beautiful, an institution that would serve its children for years to come. It didn’t happen all at once. The

Thompson Hall, 1919


Vail Agricultural School

school was built in stages, and in truth, there have been many different schools throughout the years, several of which overlapped.

It began in 1867 with the charter of the Lyndon Literary and Biblical Institution, which found its home in Thompson Hall, a stately structure built on the knoll above the Baptist church in 1869. In time, its name changed to Lyndon Institute, and the campus expanded, most notably under the aegis of Theodore N. Vail, founder of AT&T, whose friendship with Luther B. Harris in the years after the Civil War brought him to the area and whose love for the region’s beauty led him to put down roots. Vail established his estate above the campus on Speedwell Farms, making it his official residence in 1889. In the early decades of the 20TH century, he created the Vail Agricultural School on the lower part of LI’s campus, where young men from around Vermont learned state-of- the-art practices to take back to their own dairy farms, apple orchards, and sugar bushes, and young women learned the domestic arts of canning and sewing. Around the same time, the Lyndon Normal School was developed on the campus to train a new generation of teachers so desperately needed throughout the growing region. It was during this era, funded in large part by Vail’s wealth, that many of the campus’s buildings—Vail Barn, The Creamery, Mathewson Hall, Baker Hall, the Tavern—came into being, all of which still stand to this day. On a cold January night in 1922, Thompson Hall burned to the ground, and from its ashes plans for a modern campus were born the very next morning. Led by local benefactors like Elmore Darling, the community immediately established a fund to construct a new building. Like an early 20TH century version of the crowd-sourcing websites

Speedwell Farms


Kickstarter and GoFundMe, residents of all means came together and pooled their resources through subscriptions. The effort paid off—within a single year a new, much larger building stood on the same knoll where Thompson Hall once presided. The Main Building that is now the heart of the school, with its elegant bell tower and stately columns, not only evoked the classical values embraced by the school’s academic tradition, it became a source of pride for the rural community. Students attending the new school could enjoy central heating, indoor plumbing with flush toilets and sanitary drinking water—amenities we take for granted now, but which many homes at the time lacked.

The campus remained largely unchanged through the ensuing decades, though the Main Building was enlarged to meet the growing needs of its academic program as the Agricultural School and Normal School faded into history. An auditorium and gymnasium were added to the building’s south entrance in 1965, while another wing that housed a new cafeteria and additional classrooms was built onto the north entrance a few years later. In the late 1980’s, one of the school’s two main dormitories, Sanborn Hall, was torn down to make way for a new gymnasium. The school’s campus, however, saw a significant expansion in the 1990’s during headmaster Dwight Davis’s tenure as the school’s population grew. LI absorbed the Campus School that had served the town of Lyndon’s elementary school population for so many years, adding much-needed classroom space, administrative offices, and a new softball field. Other classrooms were added, using once-dormant buildings on the lower Vail campus. A new academic building, Daniels Hall, was constructed to house the math department. The growth accompanied expanding arts and vocational programs. Lyndon Institute’s reputation as a school that offered opportunities not typically available in other Vermont high schools began to grow, and the shift toward a more open campus where most students spent at least part of their day walking between buildings for classes helped facilitate this change.

Construction of the Main Building


This trend continued under Davis’s successor, Rick Hilton, who took over as head of school in 1999. The old cinder track was replaced with a new rubberized (and level!) track. A new arts center was created by merging the Willey House and the adjoining home economics building, complete with a traditional book arts and printing studio, a graphic arts Mac lab, and a photography studio. The historic Town House was adopted to accommodate an increasingly popular dance program. When burst pipes flooded the main building’s library over Christmas vacation one year, the space was renovated to host a tri-level commons that included a computer lab, a conference room, performance space, and even a self-serve cafe. As the 20TH century came to an end, however, another kind of change loomed on the horizon. Looking at enrollment numbers in the local elementary schools, Hilton noticed a disturbing trend. “In my first year, it became obvious that birth rates in New England would pose problems for day schools,” he says. “Happily, we had a set of dormitories on campus ready for renewal. Not only would they make the advantages of an LI education available to students from around the world, the addition of students from other towns and other countries would better prepare local students for an inevitably global economy and strengthen the school both academically and financially.” The school’s dormitory program, which had been shut down in the 1980’s in part to make room for the 1990’s population boom, was resurrected to help a school now facing an imminent population bust. Old dorms were renovated and, as the program quickly expanded to help compensate for a drop in local day students, new dorms were constructed alongside them. LI’s boarding program now boasts over 100 students who have helped transform the school into a lively, twenty-four hours a day campus.

As LI prepares to celebrate its 150TH year, the changes continue. T. N. Vail’s barn, that originally housed the Agricultural School, now hosts a brand-new student

Sanborn House Dormitory

Cinder Track


center available to day and boarding students alike, seven days a week. The school’s cafeteria continues to undergo renovations and improvements to enhance its culinary offerings, with a focus on local produce, much of which is grown in the school’s own greenhouses. This summer, LI assumed management of Fenton Chester Arena, bringing the town’s ice rink under its wing.

members. The buildings and people are one, and it is this spirit that makes a school like Lyndon Institute different from its public counterparts. The same devotion that led the community to rebuild, expand, and modernize the school after a catastrophic fire in January of 1922 led it to rebuild, expand, and modernize its library after a catastrophic flood in January of 2008.

There’s a strange and wonderful irony in the fact that, even as demographic changes have caused the local student population to shrink, Lyndon Institute’s campus and the opportunities it provides its students—both locally and internationally—continue to grow and improve. What doesn’t change is the love and generosity of its people that allows for such growth in the first place. Nearly every major development project over the last several decades— the track and baseball field, the arts center, the math building, to name a few—has been made possible through the private donations of former alums and community

For Hilton, it is the main building’s front steps with its valley view. And I can understand why he and so many are drawn to it. I see it from the window of my classroom throughout the day, and it never fails to impress. But for me, there’s another view that best captures my love for LI’s campus. Every school morning I get in my truck and drive from my home in Wheelock. I cross the covered bridge and pass the houses in the Center. Moments later, the houses disappear. The expanse of Lewis Field opens to my right to reveal that building on the hill. Its windows catch the sunrise, its painted columns and dome shine in the morning light, and I can’t help but feel I’m coming home.

In the face of change, however, there is a certain comfort in Lyndon Institute’s continuity. When current headmaster Daren Houck recently ran into an alum visiting LI for the first time in many decades, the visitor remarked, “There are so many changes around campus, but in a strange way, it doesn’t really feel that different from when I was a student here!” And it’s true—the campus still retains its basic shape and structure. A few buildings have been added or replaced, but most have been repurposed, allowed to keep intact their outer appearance. Mathewson (“Matty”) House still houses students from the Champlain Islands on the western side of the state, but it also provides a home to students from islands in the Bahamas, from China and Thailand, from Denmark and Serbia and Rawanda. Practice fields that have always served the school’s football and field hockey teams now also host soccer and ultimate frisbee teams. The ponds behind the school that were once used to raise trout for Vail at his neighboring hilltop estate now host small-mouth bass and biology experiments.

Assembly Hall 1924


The Wild Boar Fountain

Because of this, the school and its community endures. Lyndon Institute’s campus continues to be a familiar, welcoming place, with myriad nooks and crannies— buildings, rooms, green spaces, views—that we all find special. For some, it’s the lit stage of Alumni Auditorium or the mural of the Parthenon in Elliott Library. For alum and English teacher Terha Steen, it’s her corner classroom on the main floor, a classic with giant arched windows, wooden floors, and slate chalk boards, very much untouched from when it was built in the 1920’s. For Houck, it’s the bell in the clock tower that calls out the hour all the way across the river into the village; it’s the perennial beds at Gateway Cottage whose seeds were planted by O.D. Mathewson generations ago and whose flowers still bloom; it’s the wooden desk in his office used by a long line of headmasters for nearly a century, a desk that—like so much of the school—feels as if it were, in Houck’s words, “built to last.”

Auditorium and Gymnasium Addition 1965




Celebrating 150 Years of Reaching for the Stars!

In 2017, we invite you to join Lyndon Institute in celebrating the school’s sesquicentennial anniversary. 150 years after the school’s charter was signed in 1867, LI has created a year’s worth of exciting events to honor the occasion. Please mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information about each activity as the year progresses.



150 Kickoff Reception and January Term Exhibition Night

150TH Mural Unveiling

This is a FREE event.

This is a FREE event.

Winter Carnival with Special Community Events

Alumni Weekend with Special 150TH Activities

Events include a performance by worldrenowned dance troupe Momix (led by LI alumni Moses Pendleton ’67), the Alumni Hockey Game, free skating at the Fenton W. Chester Arena, and friendly competitions to support our students!

One featured activity (of the many planned) will be Friday night’s All Class Social, which will include the school’s past faculty and staff as guests of honor.


FEBRUARY 17 – 24



APRIL 6 – 8

A-Term New this year, A-Term is a chance for our community to reconnect with learning in a fun and festive atmosphere. Multiple classes, workshops, and lectures taught by LI alumni and supporters will be offered in a variety of subjects guaranteed to engage your brain, hands, stomach, and heart.




JUNE 2 – 4


Stars & Stripes Parade Lyndon Institute Sesquicentennial Float (and more!) STARTS AT 10 AM IN DOWNTOWN LYNDONVILLE

This is a FREE event.


First Day of School Welcome Events MAIN BUILDING

This is a FREE event.

2016 All Class Social with former faculty and staff as our honored guests.


Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Interment Ceremony This is a FREE event.


Homecoming Weekend – 150 Years of Viking Victories! ROBERT K. LEWIS FIELD

Don’t miss the 113th St. Johnsbury Academy vs. Lyndon Institute rivalry game.


Past, Present & Future Ball ALUMNI GYMNASIUM

We’re throwing a party to end our sesquicentennial in style. Make sure to save the date for the signature event of the year!

Alumni Hockey Game


2015-16 LI NNEKY nominees, Luka Grubic, Travvis Ferguson, Jack Brown, former New England Patriot and 3 time Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi, Daniela Sormova, Michal Stinil and Caleb Genereaux. Coach Jack Harris with Northern New Hampshire and NEK 2015-16 Male Athlete of the Year Travvis Ferguson at the NNEKY High School sports award banquet at LSC.


An Update from Athletic Director, Paul Wheeler

FOLLOWING A GREAT YEAR WITH A GREAT YEAR SEEMS TO BE BECOMING A PATTERN! It’s obvious that our dedicated coaching staff and the commitment of our student athletes is paying dividends.

The 2015-16 school year was filled with impressive results. Three team state championships certainly highlight the year, but Lyndon Institute athletes also had impressive individual results. LI has won 25 state titles in the last 16 years. Quite an accomplishment! The support of the school, the surrounding communities, and our worldwide community is the envy of many. Thank you all for your continued support of our Athletic Program.

After a fall season which saw our field hockey team play into the state semi-final, the winter season brought two more state titles to LI. The boys Indoor Track team won a championship for the first time in school history. Boys Basketball won their second championship in the last three years by beating Woodstock handily in the title game. The girls Basketball team stubbed their toe in the state quarter-final but with the core of that team returning, this coming season should be lots of fun! Boys Hockey qualified for the Division 2 state tournament for the first time in a number of years. The future looks bright for them.

In the spring, Lyndon Institute returned to the pinnacle of Vermont softball, winning their first state championship since 2008. The boy’s Track team had another strong season. They finished second at the state championship meet. The girl’s team showed marked improvement and their roster is full of returning top five finishers, so look for them to have a strong 2017 season. Baseball lost by one run in the quarter-final to eventual state champion Mt. Abraham. The young team proved they are ready to contend for a championship soon. The boy’s Golf team finished third, and now has finished in the top three in state competition every year since 2000.



AND NOW SOME CURRENT NEWS. A record 256 student athletes are participating in fall sports. This represents nearly half of the student enrollment. When combined with the number of students participating in club activities, the percentage jumps to nearly 70%. This is especially exciting since the trend in Vermont is for fewer students to participate in extra-curricular activities. LI student athletes are extremely fortunate to attend a school with a valued tradition of excellence. LI has won 25 state titles in the last 16 years. Quite an accomplishment! The support of the school, the surrounding communities, and our worldwide community is the envy of many. Thank you all for your continued support of our Athletic Program.



Development 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WALL CALENDARS WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE our 2017 Lyndon Institute Sesquicentennial calendar fundraiser. A generous donor has worked with Lyndon Institute to produce a 12-month wall calendar featuring a sampling of LI’s historical archives in conjunction with more recent Check out the TH photography of school life. Proceeds from calendar 150 schedule purchases will directly support our Independence Fund of events on and help us to reach our fundraising goals for the year. page 13. Calendars are on sale now. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of LI’s history! Calendars are $15 each, or purchase three or more for $10 each. Calendars can be mailed upon request. To place an order online, look for the calendar purchase link on LI’s homepage or you may email Heather Wheeler, Alumni Office Manager at or call 802-535-3772.


MAKE YOUR IRA ROLLOVER GIFT TO LI! AS YOU MAY KNOW, President Obama signed into law a bill that provides substantial tax benefits for individuals who make charitable gifts using their IRA distributions.

This means that if you own an IRA and are 70.5 or older, you can donate up to $100,000 of your required minimum distribution to Lyndon Institute by December 31. You’ll meet the IRS requirements and won’t have to count that gift as income. You’ll also help sustain the Lyndon Institute experience for generations to come. Now that’s an easy choice.

To learn more, please contact: Melissa Hall, ’92, Director of Development at (802)535-3773 or


YOU HAVE JUST BEEN CHALLENGED AS LYNDON INSTITUTE ENTERS ITS 150TH YEAR two anonymous alumni have come together to create a Community Challenge encouraging LI’s treasured network to join them in enhancing community involvement and accelerating support for LI’s students and facilities.

This challenge has been made possible through the generous financial contribution of two members of the Lyndon community, who are acting as challengers in supporting the “Building Our Future Together” initiative, through which restorations and renovations will be completed on LI’s campus to see our facilities through the next 150 years. In recognition of the school’s sesquicentennial year the challengers have committed to a gift of $150,000 if the school can raise another $150,000 from our supporters. In order for the Community Challenge to be a success we need everyone We invite you to make your to participate—together, we gift prior to January 1, 2017. all will make a difference! Every unrestricted gift to the Independence Fund this year will count towards meeting this challenge. Be a part of history and help us kick-off our 150TH year celebrations with an announcement of success for our Community Challenge.

Our school acts as the center of the community in many ways. For some, the Bob Heath Track is a place to meet and exercise, others gather at the Robert K. Lewis Field to enjoy a friendly game of football, the Alumni Auditorium annually accommodates 600 community members for the Rotary Penny Sale, Catamount Arts works in conjunction with LI to offer our community cultural events, and the list goes on. Today, we invite every member of the Lyndon Institute family to come together to build our future as a community. Here, at the beginning of the school’s fifteenth decade, we have an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen our educational program and enhance the daily lives of our students and faculty, by restoring and renovating facilities that will facilitate teaching and learning for generations to come. For more information about this important initiative or to discuss your participation, please contact: Melissa Hall, ’92, Director of Development at (802)535-3773 or


OUR HOLIDAY AUCTION IS OPEN FOR BIDS! Our annual Holiday Auction to support the Independence Fund is open until December 1, 2016… just in time for you to get a head start on your holiday shopping. ITEMS INCLUDE exotic vacation getaways, custom Bladeless LASIK at Vermont Laser Vision, covetable sports memorabilia, unique student-made items, fine art, antiques, and more. Now is your chance to get all the great items you want, while supporting the school and its students. LyndonInstitute

TRIVIA QUESTION Which Lyndon Institute headmaster is responsible for the planting of the gardens at Gateway Cottage in the early part of the 20TH century? The answer is hidden within the pages of this issue of the Viking Voice. Have fun!


Photo courtesy of Timothy L. Kirchoff ’96


THE ANNUAL GIFT REPORT provides an opportunity for the extended LI community to look back at the previous school year and recognize those who supported efforts to strengthen the school and its diverse programs. Gifts to Lyndon Institute totaled $498,704 for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 in the form of cash, stocks, in-kind gifts, matching gifts, gifts in memoriam, and scholarships. With your support our students continue to receive the tools they need to succeed today and in the future. 18


1867 SOCIETY ($5,000+) Laura & Richard Ashton ’61 Susan Pasell ’63 & David Beattie ’63 Louise & Edmund Buschmann ’57 Camp Cody Sam Carlson Martha Elliott Carrie & Capt. Matthew Fleming, US Navy (Ret.) ’86 Julia Semones ’72 & Stephan Guy ’72 Lila Bradley ’83 & Gerald Leonard ’82 Monica & Dr. Gregory McCormick ’91 Linda Noyes ’68 & James McDonald ’66 SSC Services Solutions The White Market Joanne Washburn ’55


Anonymous Carrie Bingham ’77 & Michael Boera ’77 Carol & Loren Bressor ’46 Burklyn Arts Council Mireya Schmidt & Christopher Chandler ’77 Community National Bank Genise & Earl Daniels ’67 Davenport & Company LLC Larissa & Michael Flynn Sara & Barry Ford Fred’s Plumbing & Heating Debbie & Bradley Gebbie Janet & Casey Graham ’87 David Hartwell ’70 Paul Harvey ’84 David Hill ’59 Suzanne Aldana & Daren Houck Lorraine Brown ’66 & James Impey Inventables Kingdom Stove Works/ Tanner Masonry, Inc. Lyndon Booster Club Lyndon Furniture Lyndon Institute Alumni Association Sharon Mallett Lorraine Charron ’65 & Vincent Matteis Moonlight Inn Vermont B&B Kristen & Jeffrey Mosher ’89 Susanne & Adam Norwood NSA Industries Passumpsic Savings Bank Mary Ellen Reis Mary Beane ’80 & Gary Russell Jason Sanderson ’84 FALL – WINTER 2016 

“We sat in the Boston Globe’s morning news meeting, which was one of the most amazing things any of us has ever seen! This involved several leading industry and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who previewed the day’s news in an action-packed 30 minute question-and-answer session. Our LI Chronicle crew toured the newsroom, printing and typestetting facilities, and viewed all of the Globe’s Pulitzers.” Roy Starling, LI Latin and Spanish teacher

Rena & David Stahler ’65 Ruth & Drury Vinton Robin Ware ’86 & John Vinton ’79 Jim & Alice Wuertele


Anonymous Dorothy Allard ’72 & G.W. Martin Jessica & David Aronoff ’82 Martha Hill ’63 & Timothy Brooks Sam Critchlow Andrew Davis ’46 Elizabeth Dawson ’47 Marlin Devenger ’67 Eleanor Dole James Douglas ’60 Jeanne Akley ’64 & Arthur Elliot ’63 Rachael Elliott ’95 & Jeff Rawson Christine Fayette Meredith Feltus ’87 & Michael Locher Marion Drew ’65 & Stephen Gray ’65 Melissa Boulay ’92 & Stacy Hall ’87 Leila & Walter Jones Lyndonville Hardware Lyndonville Rotary Club Linda & Steve McCurry Deborah Merriam Brenda & Carrol Mitchell ’62 Northeast Sports Network Ron Fenoff Excavating, LLC Miranda Weeks ’04 & Justin Royer ’99 Robert Sattelberger Sawyer & Ritchie Insurance Agency Nora & Harwant Sethi, Sr. Michele Mitchell ’84 & James Shufelt Audra McHarg ’98 & Andrew Sicard Kinsley & Nathan Sicard ’00 Elizabeth Barksdale ’00 & Donald Steen ’89

SymQuest Lynne & Allan Toth University of Vermont Deborah & J. Ronald Upton ’82 Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Vermont Energy Education Program Linda McGregor ’65 & Walter Wheeler Donna & Michael Wheeler ’79 Traci Williams ’82 Jixing & Zhongchun Yang


Anonymous Kimberly & Joseph Army ’81 Bridget Atkins Robert Bean ’66 Brian Beattie ’62 Richard Berube ’61 Deborah & Charles Bucknam ’78 Corinne Berry ’76 & David Chamberlin Colby Walker ’05 & Thomas Clagg ’98 Nichole Tetreault ’90 & Stanley Cole ’90 Sheryl Beattie Cota ’79 John Davis ’66 F.W. Webb Martha & Stephen Feltus Gate’s Electric, Inc. Liz Grant Cynthia & Paul Greenwood Jane & Daniel Heath ’68 Valerie & Jeffrey Houde Jimmie Howard ’55 Pattie & Ernest Hutchins ’61 Jay Peak Resort Karen Zaun ’74 & Dave Kennedy Kingdom Construction Tessa Thomas ’88 & Aaron Kwittken Rae Marie & Richard Laramee ’66


Excavation on the new Alumni Auditorium breezeway entrance began on July 22. The walkway was moved away from the side of the building. The railings match the new Main Entrance design. There are engraved granite paver naming opportunities still available. Please contact Melissa Hall at 802-535-3773 for more information. Thank you to all the donors who have made this improvement to our campus possible.

Elsie Easterbrooks ’62 & Robert Lawrence ’54 Lyndonville Police Department Lyndonville Redemption, Inc. Rebecca & Andrew McGregor Barbara McMullan Abigail Montgomery ’03 Twiladawn Wakefield ’77 & John Perry Thomas Pollard Queen City Printers, Inc. Gail Austin ’65 & George Ruggles Bruce Rumball-Petre Sara Simpson Leah Cox Smith ’41 Pauline Greenwood St. Hilaire & Family Michelle Garcia ’76 & Randy Stuck SYTA Youth Foundation The Wildflower Inn Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur, CPAs, PC W.B. Mason Judy & Richard Wheeler ’51 Winterset, Inc.


Sheila Kropsky ’54 & Gene Aronoff ATD Signs Avis Wallace Baird ’41 Betty & Carlos Bean ’51 Mary Elliott Beausoleil ’60 Ellen Hill ’67 & Randall Bell Deborah & Joseph Benning Elaine & David Bixby Karen & Donald Blake ’63 Blaktop, Inc. Lisa & Robert Blodgett Louise George ’48 & E. Theodore Boulter Linda Baird Britt ’66 Hildegarde Amadon Brown ’42 Gloria Buzzi Buck ’62 Sally & Robert Bullard


Sonya Boulay ’89 & Christopher Carr ’85 David Chase ’96 Margaret Eldridge ’41 & Russell Chase ’40 Susanne Chester ’66 Chevalier Fire Protection, LLC Marilyn & Ronald Clifford ’52 Roxanne & Clarence Courser ’58 Creative Counters Crosstown Motors Alice Lewis ’66 & William Cruess Dads 4 Buy Tool & Supply Ronald Darling ’56 James Davis Robert Deluca ’93 Linda & Eric Douglas ’66 June Witte Dyer ’76 Valeria & Matthew Elliott ’97 Patricia Bona ’70 & Dana Emery ’70 Celia Brown Ewing ’79 Jeannette & Robert Farmer John Findlay ’67 Marie Richard ’71 & Larry Flood Karen & Joseph Flynn Lois Fisher ’62 & William Fowler Kimberly Gray ’83 & Steven Gaboriault ’81 Laura & Richard Gagnon Paula Graves ’71 & Timothy Gaskin ’78 Elizabeth & J. Douglas Graham ’76 Louise & Timothy Grant ’59 Donald Gray ’51 Green Mountain Books & Prints Gregory Lombardi Design, Inc. Carol Ashton ’64 & Ralph Griffith Lee & Rosilind Gregoric Gutterson ’81 Margaret & Nicholas Hale ’97 Thomas Handy Julie Hansen Virginia Harrison

Pamela Emery Hart ’66 Nancy Rexford ’77 & William Hartwell Sybil Shonyo ’54 & Waldo Hazen ’53 Nancy Davis Hill ’54 Honematic Machine Corporation Janice Whitcomb ’77 & Peter Hopkins ’74 Margaret & Stephen Hopkins ’68 Pamela Legge ’78 & James Horton Judy & Bruce Houghton ’72 Vicki & Lisle Houghton ’76 Nancy & Ford Hubbard Rose & Patrick Huntoon ’61 Patricia & James Jackson ’57 Cameron Johnson ’61 JOSTENS Connie & Jak Katuzny Keurig Green Mountain Peter King ’62 Kinney Pike Insurance Tiffany & Timothy Kirchoff ’96 Ain Kivimae ’56 Sarah & John Kresser Dianne & Robert LaCasse Monica & William Laramee Nancy Eaton ’62 & Richard Lawrence ’60 Candace Dane ’74 & Steve Legge Vernon Levine ’65 Tammy Chase ’85 & Steve Lindholm Verneda Burrington ’53 & Lonnie Lindsay Dollinda Cross ’66 & David Lund ’64 Lise Souliere ’77 & David Lussier ’76 Evelyn Walker Lussier ’48 Lyndonville House of Pizza Wanda & Richard Macnair ’47 Macon Baptist Association Elaine & Timothy Maney Michelle & Michael Matteis ’89 Esther Gorham ’65 & Carl Mazzini Patrice McDonough Amy Morrissette ’86 & Daniel McGarry Eric Metoyer ’78 Barbara & Peter Miller Cynthia & Robert Mills ’66 Miss Lyndonville Diner Donald Morrill ’62 Claire Stevens ’68 & Harry Morrison Jill Morrison ’04 & Barrett Nichols Northern Gas Transport Northern Physical Therapy, PC Carol Novick Kitty & Brian Noyes ’74 VIKING VOICE

Cheryl Ronan ’63 & Emery Noyes ’62 Shelly Flood ’91 & Ryan Noyes ’93 James Pape ’61 Beverly Cleary ’49 & Lanny Paris ’52 Parterre Garden Services, Inc. Peacham Acoustic Music Festival Brad Pelletier Anne & Michel Perrault ’59 Robert Poulin ’61 Jason Prendergast ’89 Lorna Field ’46 & Richard Quimby Kelly Rafuse ’88 & Steve Franco Michelle Ralston Virginia Lawrence ’55 & Albert Ray Marjorie Astle ’52 & Paul Reed Michel Sanderson ’71 & Bob Richards Alissa Smith ’96 & Thaddeus Richardson Gosoom & John Root ’51 Duane Royce ’66 Clarice Phillips ’45 & Fred Ruckhaus Diane Hudson Ruggles ’63 Gloria Donaldson ’61 & Peter Ruggles ’61 Denise Soulia Sanson ’86 Paul Scavitto Susan Schultze-Brasmar Gillian & Geoffrey Sewake Maybelle Hopkins ’51 & John Shannon Beverly Smith Simblest ’47 Pamela Benoit ’61 & Gary Simpson ’59 Dawn & Brian Smith ’80 Fredric Smith ’66 Janice Baird ’71 & Doug Solinsky Danielle ’96 & Jonathan Speer Jennifer & Roy Starling Andrea Stauffeneker ’98 Brenda Bona ’66 & Eric Stenson Carmel Norway ’76 & G. Timmins Stone ’73 Nina & Arthur Taylor ’59 The Carpet Connection Dana Thomas ’90 Barbara & Douglas Thompson ’47 Shellie & Timothy Tierney Karen Townsend ’88 Dolores & Kevin Valentine Vermont Arts Council Ville Auto Supply Valerie Barr ’81 & Ralph Vitale Alain Vulliet ’61 Bruce Wakefield ’77 Pamela & Dana Wakefield ’64 FALL – WINTER 2016 

Maelene Newland ’66 & Bryant Watson ’66 Gregory Weaver ’82 Joann & David Weigel ’79 Wheeler Building Materials, Inc. Deanna Blake ’55 & Durward Wheeler ’54 Jean & Paul Wheeler ’74 Lois Field White ’49 Marjorie Masten ’57 & James Willard ’57 Carol & Allen Wood ’66 Rachel Astle ’56 & David Wozniak Mary & Daniel Wyand Polly Walton ’90 & Jamie Yerkes ’89


A Daisy Daze Penelope Southworth ’66 & Russell Adams Airgas Rose & Steven Aldrich All Around Power Equipment, LLC Marilyn Brewer ’76 & Daniel Allard ’71 Ruth Mason Allard ’45 Nick Allen ’99 Maryann & John Allred Sandra Durocher ’77 & Randy Amadon ’74 Helen Gale ’47 & Stanley Amadon ’46 AmazonSmile Foundation Asia Restaurant Margaret McCormack Bachmann ’91 Bobbie Jo Badger ’02 Garrett Bailey ’00 Sharon & Preston Baillargeon ’76 Pearl Ward Baird ’45 Jaime-Faye Bean ’94 Connie & Donald Beattie Lidia & William Beaulac Cassie Bell ’81 Dee & Raymond Berkery ’66 Andrew Berley Denise & Edwin Berry Meridith Root ’92 & Eric Berry ’85 Berry Tire Co., Inc. Davine Donaldson ’66 & Walter Bigelow Teresa & William Binney Linda & Fred Bishop Stephanie Bixby ’01 Holly Blair ’01 Jill Blake ’93 Thomas Blake ’70 Julie & Richard Boera

Amy Bona ’95 & Justin Briggs Jillian Brochu Avis & Michael Brosseau ’83 Bertha & Elmer Brown ’45 Judith Burgess & Hugh Strobel Burke View Garage Sharon Paris Burnham ’66 Edward Carroll Lucille Gero ’55 & Carleton Casteel Aime Matteis ’91 & Christian Cedrone Andrea Tanych Chan ’71 Sarah & Mike Channon ’88 Alberta & John Charron ’61 Nathan Charron ’01 Sylvia & Robert Charron ’47 Marsha Rossier Cherington ’66 Karlene Newland ’61 & E. Lane Chester ’61 Lois & Jerry Christenson Caleb Clark Harman Clark Michelle Clark ’86 Colleen & Everett Clothey ’55 Karen Willey ’75 & Rodney Colby ’71 Mary Cutting ’51 & Albert Corbett Allene & Frederick Cornell Denis Couture Diane Simons Covell ’81 Shirley Cameron Crane ’46 Trina Stuart ’83 & Skip Crosman Charlotte Cole ’54 & Clair Dane Janet Kwiecienski ’77 & Robert Daughhetee Arlene Wilkie ’51 & Dwight Davis ’50 Jacqueline Poro Dawson ’51 Mary Ann Greenwood ’54 & Gerald Dennis Robert Derosier ’50 Cheryl Gorham Despins ’86 Ellie & Robert Dixon Cheryl & Donald Dodds ’65 Sharon Bean ’66 & David Dolloff ’65 Marilyn Baird Drew ’56 Kumiko & Paul Dubey ’56 Deb & Daniel Dudas ’91 Mary & Donald Dufour ’51 Stephanie Spaulding ’99 & Michael Dwyer ’00 Jessica Edwards ’06 Susan Ellsworth Joy & Patrick Ely ’92 Christine Rice ’90 & Nathan Emmons Everybuddy’s Casual Dining Ann Ruggles Fassett ’54


Kurt Feltus ’91 Dawn Fenoff Charles Finley ’61 Amber Hastie ’97 & Ryan Fissette ’98 Kate Ford Karen York ’99 & Nicholas Fortier Patricia & Stanley Francis ’61 Fred Laferriere’s Home Decorating, Inc. Jody Fried ’90 Judy Goldwyn ’66 & Gregory Gallagher ’64 Susan & James Gallagher ’63 Naomi Edson Gallagher ’92 Anna & Paul Gallien Kimberly Gammell & Brian Nichols ’86 Sadie Gammell & Gene Pushee Michael Garcia ’74 Kimberly Hier ’81 & Troy Germain Jelena & Gregory Gervais Michelle LaCoss ’98 & Mathew Gilman ’92 Jacqueline Gormley Karen & John Gosselin Lisa ’87 & Lauren Grader-Fox Anna Greer-Jarry ’56 Greg’s Auto Repair Joseph Guenet ’56 Carolyn Gorham ’71 & Richard Guest Jean Guest Marcia & Gustav Hagman Karyn & Ricky Hale Marie Myers ’62 & Raymond Heath ’61 Janis & Alec Henderson ’75 Desiree Hertz ’89 & Christopher Manges ’87 Marianne & Barry Hertz Elizabeth Leach ’99 & Chris Hibshman ’95 Hoagie’s Pizza and Pasta Dean Holmes ’71 Stacy & Gregory Hopkins ’76 Roberta Horowitz Francelia & Nathaniel Houghton ’51 Houghton’s Greenhouse Rachel Laramee Howland ’69 Joan & Frank Hubbard ’51 Kristen Wozniak Jackson ’01 Mary Hever ’01 & Glen Jardine ’94 Anton Jareman Carol & David Jenkins ’61 Sherri & *Roland Johnson ’57 Amanda Kavanagh Thomas Keppel ’61 Joan & Larry Kirchoff


Korie Bishop Kritzky ’91 Andrea Davis ’69 & John Kupetz Cindy Laberge Labonville Richard Labounty ’81 Cheryl & Wayne LaFleur Hazel Hoag Landa ’60 Lynn Lang ’61 Wayne Langmaid ’71 Hillary Dux Lanza ’81 Cynthia Noyes ’61 & Everal Larkham Wendy Larocque & Matthew Gilcris Constance Frazier LaRosa ’56 Nancy Eaton ’62 & Richard Lawrence ’60 Jennifer Kirchoff ’01 & Joe Layn Anthony Lazzara Janelle & Kyle Lazzaro Kristy Parsons ’02 & Neil Lefebvre ’99 Marjorie Greenwood ’55 & Norman Legge ’56 Kelly King ’90 & Zebula Lemieux Mildred Lewis Eleanor & Forrest Little ’61 Michelle Longo Cheryl Cassady Lowman ’71 Pamela Brown Lund ’71 Sara & Tobin Lussier ’94 Lyndon Freighthouse Restaurant Lyndonville Agway Lyndonville Bagel Depot Barbara Lyons Shelly Cole ’88 & Rodney Machell ’80 Dana Mason Jacob Mathewson ’11 Stacey & John Mathieu ’76 Michelle & Michael Matteis Cheryl Smith ’62 & James Matzen Maxwell’s Neighborhood Farm Dale McAlister Amy & Kevin McClure ’91 Geraldine & John McComb Holly McDuffee Liliane McHugh Holly Spaulding ’01 & Kevin McKeon ’97 Penny McKinnon Cheryl Whitehill McMahon ’76 Amy Chamberlain ’98 & Casey McQuade ’98 Lisa Mead Elizabeth Merriam John Meskel Paula & Peter Michaud ’78 Ashley Miles ’15

Judy Berry ’76 & Edward Miller Beatrice Rainey ’46 & Alden Minot Jennifer O’Meara ’01 & Jason Mitchell ’93 Janine & William Mitchell ’88 Betty Lavalley Monell-Minchener ’52 Wilda & Charles Moon Claire Stevens ’68 & Harry Morrison Louise & John Moses Mountain View Auto Restoration, Inc. Bonnie Wallace ’66 & John Mulholland Elizabeth Natrella Loretta Laplant ’70 & Garet Nelson Martha Kjellman ’66 & Paul Nemiccolo Nellie Mitchem ’76 & Calvin Noble Bobbie Jo & Richard Norcross Stephanie Burgess Noyes ’94 Baylow & Justin Ouellette ’95 Patricia & John Palmer Jennifer Simpson ’96 & Dana Palmieri ’96 Julie & Garrett Paquette ’92 Andrea Holmes ’91 & Michael Pariseau Julie & C.M. Parks Sharon & David Patoine ’77 Eric Paulson ’06 Cheryl Chamberlain Pelletier ’81 D Perron Joan Stark ’51 & Russell Pier Pippin Tree Arts Emily Russell Poginy ’98 Kasey Potter Tara McCaffrey ’94 & Jon Prue Stacy & James Rice ’95 Mark Richardson ’81 Patricia King ’64 & Douglas Richmond Dianne Rivers ’76 Terri & Roderick Rodger ’71 Jay Rogers ’63 Jan Bishop ’76 & Mark Rossier ’74 Carol Gordon Ruggles ’80 Valerie Rutledge & Rodger Sheldon Angela Ryan-Williams & Richard Williams Patricia Sanderson Lorraine & *Richard Sanderson ’48 Lynn Santangelo Amanda Bedor ’92 & Mark Sanville ’92 Marion Bassett ’56 & Scott Sargent Agnes Croft Sears ’43 Debra Wheeler ’74 & James Sears ’71 Kim Urie ’76 & Scott Sears ’76 Jason Sicard Janine Berry Silvey ’78 VIKING VOICE

Gloria Nugent Simms ’54 Brice Simon Carolyn Simpson ’62 Donald Simpson ’53 Marci Gillespie ’95 & Ryan Simpson ’96 Martin Simpson ’45 Elaine Ingalls ’63 & Marvin Smith ’63 Laura Noyes Smith ’86 Lori Charron ’76 & Bryan Smith Paula Smith ’65 Audrey Rainey ’66 & Preston Smith ’60 Joan Ingalls ’56 & Duane Smith Louise Cushman ’61 & Elwin Smith Marcie Smith ’81 Tara Huntoon ’91 & Daren Smith Wheeler Smith Susan Boera ’82 & David Sobczak Erica & David Stahler ’90 Terha Gray ’92 & Aric Steen ’89 Darcie McCann & Douglas Steward Gregory Stone ’86 Darlene Stowell ’86 Mary Garcia ’83 & Dennis Straight Julia & Tim Sturm Subway Brenda Toombs ’71 & Dennis Sweet Carrie & Elvin Switser ’77 Target Stores Frances Labay ’66 & Leland Taylor Benjie & John Tessier Loralee Laing ’96 & Shawn Tester ’89 Emily Bickford ’69 & Arnold Tetreault The Graphic Shop The Mailing Center The Pizza Man The Sign Depot Christine Wood ’94 & Stephen Thomas Glenis & Hayden Thomas Julia Souliere ’99 & Brandon Thrailkill ’04 Kiki Thurston ’11 Krista & Anthony Tomaselli ’91 Darcy Daniels ’82 & Scott Townsend ’82 Beverly Cole Tripp ’47 Janice Pierce ’56 & Paul Trush Lisa & Timothy Ulrich Shirley Day Urie ’55 Lindley & Tiaan Van Der Linde Merritt Vantine ’64

Kathy Vaughn Vermont Carrot Cake Lucy & David Wallace ’65 William Ware Judith & Richard Watson Susan Watson ’71 Rhoda Deos ’69 & E. Stanley Weed ’68 Ellen Weigel ’81 Rose Stimpson ’51 & Douglas Wheeler ’47 Heather Root ’90 & Jeremy Wheeler ’99 Jodi Smith ’87 & Richard Wheeler ’82 Wheeler Sports Jeffrey Whitcomb Melyssa Sargent ’92 & Edward Whitcomb Gwen & Colin Wild Cecil Williams Sherrill Hopkins ’71 & David Wood Suzanne Gorham ’61 & Robert Wood Earlene Bishop ’52 & Edward Young ’45


Lorraine Brown ’66 & James Impey Paul Harvey ’84


1941 1966 1991 1946 1971 1996 1951 1976 2001 1956 1981 2006 1961 1986 2011

MATCHING GIFTS Honematic Machine Corporation

NEW LIFE MEMBERSHIPS TO LIAA Nate John Burrows Paul J. Dubey Jacqueline Kelley Peter D. King Weichen Li Eric M. Metoyer

LI THANKS ALL THOSE WHO DONATED IN MEMORY OF OR IN HONOR OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS: Marge Cassady Don Cota Harriet F. Fisher Paul Fisher Faye Heath Kimberly E. Hill Nancy Hallman Hill Jack King Bertha T. Koury Cody S. Pearsons Tina G. Ruggles Brenda C. Simpson Jerry Tavares Elwin Twombly Eleanor M. “Podgie” Weissent

*denotes donor is deceased

We take pride in the accomplishments of our alumni and look forward to hearing from you. Please share your recent activities (career advancement, honors, publications, appointments, etc.) with us. We welcome newspaper clippings, press releases, and pictures.

If you would like to share your news with us, please email or mail: Melissa Hall, Lyndon Institute, PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850. Be sure to include your e-mail address, if applicable, so we can contact you.

Care was taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this report, but we recognize that mistakes do occur. If you were a donor in 2015-16 and your name was inadvertently misspelled, omitted or listed in the wrong place, please forgive us and let us know so that we can correct our records.



Spirit Week







Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 (19) VICE PRESIDENT

Paula Graves Gaskin ’71 (17) TREASURER

Jeffrey T. O’Meara ’04 (18)


Heather Root Wheeler ’90 (17)

Kathy Jackson Smith ’93 (18) Paul E. Wheeler ’74 (17) Timothy L. Kirchoff ’96 (18) Candace E. Dane ’74 (17) Michael D. Matteis ’89 (19) Kathy Bassett Newland ’67 (17) Cheryl “Sherry” Ronan Noyes ’63 (18) MEMBER AT LARGE

Lindsay Jones Carpenter ’02 LIFETIME MEMBERS

Norman A. Legge ’56 Shirley Beane Pierce ’53 Dwight A. Davis ’50 Gertrude Angell Grant ’49 Robert G. Heath ’58


Melissa Boulay Hall ’92 Gloria Bruce Daren Houck Steve Legge Javin Leonard Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 Gillian Sewake David Stahler, Jr. ’90 Heather Root Wheeler ’90 Paul Wheeler ’74 LYNDON INSTITUTE VIKING VOICE PHOTOGRAPHY

Gloria Bruce Timothy L. Kirchoff ’96 Steve Legge Javin Leonard Paul Wheeler ’74

From the LIAA President Michel S. Richards


This is the time of year we usually reflect on many the things ending – summer vacations, boat rides, water sports, camping, hiking, baseball games, etc. We replace those activities with school prep, getting the wood in, canning or freezing food and winterizing the house. This year is a little different. LI is entering into its 150TH anniversary year with a special 150TH Celebration Committee co-chaired by Melissa Hall and Gillian Sewake. Celebrations are already being planned, giving us many things in which to participate. A detailed schedule of events will be available depicting all of the various events to be held over the course of the next year (see page 13 for an overview of events). Calendars commemorating the past 150 years of LI with beautiful photographic history are now available for purchase. If any of you are interested in participating or helping out either a little or a lot, feel free to contact Melissa or Gillian to see what you can do. As always, alumni are welcome to attend any of our Board meetings. Just check with Heather in the Alumni Office to find out when we will meet. If coming to a meeting doesn’t work into your schedule feel free to drop us a note, an email, or give us a call. We do appreciate feedback and look forward to hearing our alumna’s thoughts and ideas. Thank you to the many alumni who gave generously the Independence Fund, which benefits the Alumni Association, or to a specific cause at LI. Every little bit makes a difference and it is sincerely appreciated. The Alumni Association has especially appreciated being able to assist currently enrolled students in educational endeavors, in addition to granting seniors scholarships to help them with college expenses. We can accomplish nothing without your generosity. Thank you!

In closing, here is an a trivia tidbit for you. Did you know that—including this past June’s graduating class­—the alumni now total over 8,100 individuals, 78% of whom are still local? I found this so interesting, thinking that most graduates had left the area, but as you can see that’s not the case. As we move forward into this celebratory year I would like to challenge ALL alumni to donate some amount of money between now and June 30, 2017 to the Independence Fund. Since the goal is to get 100% participation, the amount doesn’t matter, just that every single individual gives something. The faculty/staff, the corporators and the trustees of LI are all striving to achieve 100% participation, and I say that the alumni can do it as well. Think about the 150TH anniversary as a starting point – can you do $1.50 or $15 or $150 or $1,500 or...? You get the idea. Give it some consideration and rise to the challenge. It will be appreciated more than you know. Thank you! Wishing all of you health and happiness. Take care. Blessings, Michel “Mickey” Sanderson Richards ’71 LIAA President




Alumni Weekend 2016









The Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor those individuals who have rendered meritorious service to the community, the nation, the school, or who have achieved outstanding distinction in a profession or business.

2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD STANLEY J. AMADON is a role model who believes that “There is always something that can be done. Because each one of us has time to serve others.”

Stan is a retired Educator, Principal, and Guidance Counselor from different schools in Northern Vermont and has served on the LI Board of Trustees as President, Corporator, and Trustee. Stan has also served as the President of the Lyndon Institute Alumni Association.

Many refer to him as “Mr. Rotary” as he has been a Rotarian since the late 1950’s and has never missed a meeting (and that’s over 2000 meetings)! He has given his time chairing blood drives, leading Boy Scouts, and served as a football official for 40 years.

Having graduated in 1946 from Lyndon Institute, Stan celebrated his 70TH reunion on LI’s campus on June 4, 2016. He and his wife Helen (who is an LI alumna, Class of 1947) celebrated their 65TH wedding anniversary on August 20, 2015. Stan was also honored by WCAX as a Super Senior in 2015. Thank you Stan for your continued support, and congratulations!




75TH Reunion

Avis (Wallace) Baird was honored by LIAA President, Mickey (Sanderson) Richards ’71, as the most distinguished attending alumnus while she represented the class of 1941 for her 75TH reunion.


70TH Reunion A. Jackson “Jack” Davis, Betty (Minot) Rainey, Lorna (Field) Quimby, Shirley (Cameron) Crane, Stan Amadon, Charlie Deos

Class Reunions CLASS OF ’51

65 Reunion TH

Mary (Cutting) Corbett, Phyllis (Kettles) Etheridge, Jackie (Poro) Dawson, the late Harriet (Doane) Gray ’50, Donald Gray, Dwight Davis ’50, Arlene (Wilkie) Davis, Nate Houghton, Fran Houghton, Jo’an Hubbard, Frank Hubbard


60TH Reunion SITTING: Joan (Ingalls) Smith, Anna (Greer) Jarry, Louise (Newland) Thompson, Sylvia (Williams) LeBlanc, Connie (Frazier) LaRosa, Marilyn (Baird) Drew STANDING: Janice Nutting, Norm Legge, Lindsay Townsend, J. “Leo” Guenet, Shirley (Bishop) Brill


55TH Reunion

This picture was taken by the bench and maple tree that the class of 1961 donated in memory of “Red” Nutting.

Kneeling: Dave Beattie, Dave Jenkins, Pat Huntoon, Dick Ashton, Bob Poulin

Standing from left to right: Jim Pape, Forrest Little, Gloria (Donaldson) Ruggles, Eleanor (Shover) Little, Pete Ruggles, Cindy (Noyes) Larkham, John Charron, Sue Smith, Mary Ellen (Nutting) Schoonover, Allan Vulliet, Karlene (Newland) Chester, Helen (Surridge) Sherburne, Cameron Johnson, Pam (Benoit) Simpson, Lynn Lang, Marlene Buzzi-Boisse, Woody Williams, Stan Francis, and Suzanne (Gorham) Wood



FRONT ROW: Bonnie (Wallace) Mulholland, Sharon (Bean) Dolloff, Judy “Midge” (Goldwyn) Gallagher, Pam (Emery) Hart, Marcia Bennett SECOND ROW: Linda (Baird) Britt, Lorraine (Brown) Impey, Penny (Southworth) Adams, Alice (Lewis) Cruess, Sharon (Paris) Burnham, Davine (Donaldson) Bigelow

THIRD ROW: Marsha (Rossier) Cherington, Priscilla (Weed) Aldrich, Audrey (Rainey) Smith, Wanda (Peck) Wilkie, Brenda (Bona) Stenson, Frances (Taylor) Labay FOURTH ROW: Ed Wood, Eric Douglas, Ruth (Johnson) Hamel, Paula (Cameron) Edmunds, Dollinda (Cross) Lund, Linda (Charron) Gilman, Sue Chester, Ellen (Southouse) Ohina FIFTH ROW: Marlene (Newland) Watson, Duane Royce, John Davis, Fred Smith, Bob Bean, Henry Greer

BACK ROW: F. Dale Appleby, Brian Watson, James Chamberlain, Robert Mills, Jim McDonald, Steve Wilkie


50TH Reunion


40 Reunion TH

KNEELING: Dianne Rivers, Carmel (Norway) Stone

FIRST ROW: Kerry Smith, Jeff Murtiff, Jan (Bishop) Rossier, Lisle Houghton, Doug Graham, Michelle (Garcia) Stuck, June (Witte) Dyer, Coco (Berry) Chamberlin, Cheryl (Whitehill) McMahon, Nellie (Mitchem) Noble, Judy (Berry) Miller.

BACK ROW: Scott Sears, Kim (Urie) Sears, Michael Simpson, Bill Burdet, David Lussier, John Matthieu


45TH Reunion SITTING: Pamela (Brown) Lund, Dan Allard, Janice (Baird) Solinsky, Paula (Graves) Gaskin, Sherri (Hopkins) Wood

BACK ROW: Carolyn (Gorham) Guest, Cheryl (Cassady) Lowman, Sue Watson, Andrea Tanych, Mickey (Sanderson) Richards, Wayne Langmaid, Rod Colby


FRONT ROW: Marcie Smith, Diane (Simons) Covell, Rosilind (Gregoric) Gutterson, Ellen Weigel, Cassie Bell, Brenda Patoine, Joan Sbarra (Class of 1982), Richard Labounty


35TH Reunion FALL – WINTER 2016

BACK ROW: Joe Army, Mark Richardson, Hillary (Dux) Lanza, Kim (Hier) Germain, Steve Gaboriault, Carroll Bean


Class Reunions CLASS OF ’91

25TH Reunion CLASS OF ’86

30TH Reunion FRONT ROW: William Toborg, Greg Lang, Renee (Hamel) Baxter

FRONT ROW: Michelle Parker, Shelly (Flood) Noyes, Kristen (Conway) Jones, Grace (Kelley) Parenteau

BACK ROW: Korie (Bishop) Kritzky, Tara (Huntoon) Smith, Bryan Aubin, Anthony Tomaselli, Andrea (Holmes) Pariseau

MIDDLE ROW: Verity (Rindelhardt) Lattrelle, Tim Morales, Mark Dilley and daughter, Lori (Noyes) Smith – in white shirt, Denise (Soulia) Sanson, Sonja Meyette, Marc Brown (with his wife Cindy Santaw Brown) BACK ROW: Cheri (Gorham) Despins, Jennifer (Caul) Dane, Lori (Johnson) Dodge and daughter, David Watson, Becky (Richardson) Martin, Donna (Simard) Sherburne, Brian Nichols, Mark Young, Brian Wilkins, Gordon Mathewson MISSING FROM THE PICTURE: Gayle (Townsend) Lang


15TH Reunion FRONT ROW: Kristen (Wozniak) Jackson, Stephanie Bixby, Jessica (Harris) Friedman

BACK ROW: Tatese (Nunn) Birch, Dan Bigelow, Ryan Ruland, Jennifer (Kirchoff) Layn, Elizabeth Koenig, Jennifer (O’Meara) Mitchell, Holly (Spaulding) McKeon, Mary (Hever) Jardine, Carolina Olmos


20TH Reunion FRONT ROW: Celina (Croteau) Noyes, Pamela Noyes, Amy (Soden) Armstrong

BACK ROW: Tim Kirchoff, Loralee (Laing) Tester, Jeff Greer, Tim Armstrong, Richard Keach, Dallas Willey, Dan Jackson


LEFT TO RIGHT: Eric Paulson ’06, Jacob Matthewson ’11, Morgan Smith ’06 with her daughter

CLASS OF ’06 & ’11


Class Notes

Judi St. Hilaire, ’77


The Class of 1964 celebrated its members’ 70TH birthdays at the home of Jeanie (Akley) and Arthur Elliott in Lyndon in June. As classmates shared their personal stories and perspectives, the common experiences and histories provided a welcome feeling of being grounded. The class of 1964 shares more than the coincidence of birth. Our class is grateful for having been given the gift of growing up in the Northeast Kingdom and the gift of attending Lyndon Institute and maintaining friendships for a lifetime. The collective birthday celebration was an inspired idea and the party was one of the best we’ve had, until the next one. – Jim Jardine ’64

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Garcia


Mike Garcia and Wendy Conway were united in marriage on March 6, 2016.


Class of 1964 at their 70TH birthday reunion. Left to right: Marti (Pasell) Ross, Jim Ross, Norma (Grant) Metz, Jan (Dutton) Gendreau, Merritt Valentine, Jeanie (Akley) Elliott, Pat (King) Richmond, Jean (Knowlton) Pasell, Jim Jardine, Judy (Flood) Gilman, Wanita (Gorham) Gardner, Jean (Mitchem) Desrochers, Charlotte (Doyon) Simpson, Carol (Bennett) Pilette, Judy (Libbey) MacCormack, Anne (Morrissette) Brown, Joe Welch, George Scotten. Missing: Greg Gallagher and Joe Buzzi.


Judi St. Hilaire (photo above) was inducted into the 2016 RunVermont Hall of Fame in a ceremony and reception on May 27, 2016. According to the press release, Judi has contributed to Vermont’s vibrant running community and has devoted years of service to the sport of running as an active participant with a large breadth of engagement.


taught those in attendance words and phrases in the language spoken in the north of Uganda. The focus of his work in the Peace Corps is to improve literacy as well as to work with other members of the Peace Corps to provide education in an effort to reduce domestic violence, and raise awareness about communicable diseases such as AIDS.

Jennifer (Dunphy) and Tommy Duncan

Colonel Donna (Boera) O'Harren


On June 8, 2016, Destination America’s all-new TV series, Smoked, featured Jennifer (Dunphy) ’90 and husband, Tommy Duncan, as they competed to find out who was the better cook! The husband and wife team used to compete on the same BBQ team – until they drove each other crazy. The winner took home the Smoked trophy and $5,000, but there was more than just money on the line. Every time Jen beat Tommy in a competition (which is most of the time) she makes him wear a pink shirt as punishment. Although Jen’s classmates and friends were rooting her on, Tommy won, and got to burn the pink “shirt of shame” once and for all. Steve Lussier Jr. and family


Steve Lussier, Jr. and wife, Sarah, announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Sarah Lussier on April 25, 2016. She joins siblings, Emma and Cameron.


JJ Vasko has been living in Uganda, where he is a volunteer with the Peace Corps. In a recent visit home to Vermont he spent an evening sharing his experiences in Africa at the Lyndonville Cobleigh library. Many attended, including children who had many questions about his work at an Ugandian school. JJ provided an historical account of the civil war that tore the country apart, and he


Colonel Donna (Boera) O’Harren retired from the U.S. Air Force in an official ceremony on July 2, 2016. The ceremony was officiated by her brother, USAF Major General (Ret.) Michael Boera ’77, at the University of Vermont, where Donna was commissioned through Air Force ROTC in 1992. Throughout her Air Force career, Donna served in various locations across the globe, including Korea, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, and the Pentagon. She served three tours of duty as a unit commander, leading Airmen at the squadron and group level, and as an Air Force Element Commander at a joint organization. Her final duty assignment was at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia. Donna’s father, A. Richard Boera (a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran of WWII), pinned the Air Force Retirement Pin on her lapel to commemorate the occasion.



Alumni Weekend


For alumni who graduated in years ending in 2’s & 7’s

JUNE 2 – 4



TJ Hopkins and Jessica Gallant announce the birth of their son, Liam Michael Hopkins on March 6, 2016.

Crystal (Switser) and Dan Bigelow with Stephen.


Crystal (Switser) and Dan Bigelow ’01, announce the birth of their son, Stephen Gerald Bigelow on June 13, 2016.

Tim Donaghy and his wife Erica, announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Beth Donaghy on July 12, 2016. She joins sister, Emma. TJ Hopkins and family

Meagan (Newland) and Spencer Howard announce the birth of their daughter, Mallory Jade Howard on July 9, 2016.

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Matthew Gilman and his wife Jessica, announce the birth of their daughter, Emery Grace Gilman on July 7, 2016. She joins siblings, Ryder, Kadyn, Cyrus, Jaxyn, and Valyn.

Arlo Carpenter

Lindsay (Jones) and Brandon Carpenter ’00, announce the birth of their son, Arlo Raymond Carpenter on May 31, 2016. Angela (Lanpher) and Travis Gendreau, announce the birth of their son, Gareth Locke Gendreau on March 18, 2016. He joins a brother, Warren.


Jason Newland and Lisa (Crown) were united in marriage on June 18, 2016.

Kristal (Simpson) Renaudette, ’99 started training with Ryan Largay of ACE Fitness Center in Littleton, NH in October 2012. She competed in her first Strong (Wo)Man competition in April 2014 and she has been hooked ever since. In October 2015, she competed at the Strongman National Championship in Davenport, Iowa taking third place in the lightweight women’s division. In March of 2016, she travelled to Columbus, OH to compete at the Arnold World Strongman Championship and placed ninth. Since March, she has continued training and competing regionally in Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire. In October she will return to Davenport, Iowa to compete at the National Strongman Championships, along with fellow strongwoman, and LI alumna, Erin (Williams) Ummer ’85. Kristal hopes to qualify to compete at the Arnold World Championship again. Kristal lives in Lyndonville with her husband, Dan Renaudette Jr. ’97, who owns and operates Higher Ground Stables. Kristal is a Registered Nurse and works at Caledonia Home Health Care as the Nurse Manager for Maternal Child Health. They have two daughters, Emma and Molly. Emma plays soccer, basketball, and is a talented horse rider. Last year, she won at second place at Vermont History Day and travelled to Washington, DC to represent Vermont at National History Day. Molly also enjoys riding horses, and is a talented and competitive gymnast, having won state championships for her age and level. FALL – WINTER 2016


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Dan Baillargeon and family Jordan Royer and family

Jordan Royer and Angela Metropoulos announce the birth of their daughter, Kyla Royer on April 24, 2016. She joins siblings, Kayden, and Kensley. Jordan and Angela have made wedding plans for September 16, 2017. Justin Tang and his wife, Jessica, announce the birth of their son Adrian Tang on April 12, 2016. He joins brother, Lucas.


Dan Baillargeon and his wife, Meredith, announce the birth of their identical twin sons, Weston Charles and Nolan Robert on June 9, 2016. They join brothers, Lane and Warren. Chris DePina-Bailey and Amber Hargrave announce the birth of their son, Cristiano Armani DePina-Bailey on April 7, 2016. He joins sisters, Adrianna and Leilani.


Melissa (Lyford) and her husband Scott Tinker, announce the birth of their daughter Alexis Isabella Tinker. She was born on June 19, 2016 (Father’s Day).


Christopher Ainsworth and wife, Hannah, announce the birth of their son, Garret Leon Ainsworth on April 4, 2016. He joins brother, Trenton.

Jessica (Barrett) and Phil Newland ’99



Patrick Conly and wife Michelle, announce the birth of their son Maverick Michael Conly on July 12, 2016.

Megan Durocher

Megan Durocher joined the Burklyn Arts Craft Fair this past July selling her handmade polymer clay figures. She recently opened her small business, Megan Makes Art, creating cake toppers and keepsakes for a variety of events such as weddings, birthdays, memorials, holidays, and baby showers. Megan earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in 2014, and continues to pursue both art and psychology in the Northeast Kingdom.


Josh Fournier and Alley (Ummer) were united in marriage on June 18, 2016.

Laura (Davis) and Shane Mason announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Megan Mason on March 2, 2016. She joins her brother, Parker.

Patrick Conly and Maverick

Sam Ninh and wife, Simin Lu, announce the birth of their daughter, Cloe Olivia Ninh on March 31, 2016.

Kendra Therrien and Ryan Whitcomb announce the birth of their daughter, Tiernan Leigh Whitcomb on July, 3, 2016. She joins siblings, Carter, Lexi, and Quinn.

Melissa (Lyford) Tinker and family

Megan (Davis) and Joseph Price announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Elice Price on June 23, 2016.

Jessica (Barrett) and Phil Newland ’99, were united in marriage on February 20, 2016.

Timothy Simpson and Danielle (Caputo) were united in marriage on June 25, 2016. Tim graduated from the New England School of


Jillian Tanych, ’09 has been extremely busy while earning her doctorate in Physical Therapy (PT). During her first year of PT school, she attended the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) National Student Conclave in Milwaukee, WI where she met hundreds of amazingly motivated PT & physical therapy assistant (PTA) students. From there, she became the APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador for Vermont, where her primary responsibility was to engage with the Vermont APTA State Chapter and the University of Vermont to help promote student involvement within the APTA and the local community

During her term as Vermont Core Ambassador, she met the ATPA Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD), the ten students that represent the entire PT/PTA student body in the country. Also during this year she became very engaged with the Vermont State Chapter and represented Vermont physical therapy at the capitol Communications in 2013 and is currently the manager of Athletic Multimedia at St. Leo University.

building and advocated for the profession on a number of bills.

A year ago, she decided to run for election to the APTA SABoD and was elected to serve as Secretary after attending the APTA National Student Conclave in Omaha, NE. Since then, she has collaborated with nine other PT/PTA students to make up the 2015-16 APTA SABoD. They attend APTA conferences and represent the study body at large, promote involvement within the professional organization, and advocate for the profession. Her term ends this fall at the next APTA National Student Conclave in Miami, FL. She will be running again for election, however for the Nominating Committee Member position.

Jillian is currently on her 2ND full time clinical internship. Her first internship was last summer where she spent six weeks in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Phoenix, AZ. She is currently living in Boston, MA while completing a ten week acute care clinical internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has two more ten week clinical internships left before graduating in May 2017. Post graduation, she is considering pursing a neurological residency but is keeping her options open.

her fiancé, Zack, have just finished building their cottage in Lyndonville with their son and their dog, Mila.

Ryan Kresser was named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jimmy Williams graduated from Georgia Tech in December and went to work for Raytheon Missile Systems for awhile and is currently pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Jill Bearce and family


Jill Bearce and Zack Trombly, announce the birth of their son, Zachary Scott Trombly II on June 28, 2016. Continuing her journey to work with the department of children and families, Jill is attending Springfield College in St. Johnsbury earning her degree in Human Services. Jill and FALL – WINTER 2016

Kiki (Thurston) and Taylor Reno

Kiki (Thurston) and Taylor Reno were united in marriage on July 16, 2016.

The Norwich University women’s rugby team had four players named 2015 NCAA Varsity League AllAmericans, including senior, Riley Blankenship ’12. Selection was based on performance over the inaugural Varsity League season. The NCAA Varsity League consisted of 10 colleges this season. Players from 19 different states and three different countries made up the team. Twelve seniors, six juniors, nine sophomores, and four freshmen were selected.


Cassidy Kittredge and Cody Hodgdon announce the birth of their daughter, Charleigh Mae Hodgdon on March 11, 2016.

Morgan Hall, daughter of Kent and Sophia Hall of Lyndonville, Vermont, completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy.

Hall entered West Point on June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.

Megan (Rainey) and Dana Armstrong


Megan (Rainey) and Dana Armstrong ’98, were united in marriage on July 16, 2016.

Cierra Pepin is at Wagner College and the LI Dance Company is using one of her songs to choreograph to and perform this year. Here is a link to listen to her song: soundcloud. com/cierra-pepin/sideways. She is also active in film editing. You can follow her at: UCzDTcBMQxG_XughrGP4Peyg. Mickaela (Thompson) and Justin Wright ’12, were united in marriage on May 12, 2016.


Aaron Leonard of Boy Scout Troop 738 in Lyndonville, completed his Eagle Scout badge this past summer. This is the highest rank in the Boys Scouts of America. His Eagle Scout project was replacing the wooden fence around the Cobleigh Public Library.


Hall began classes Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

She plans to graduate from West Point in 2020 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.

Hall is the granddaughter of Virginia and the late LTC Rodger Boyle, US Army, of North Danville and of Janice and the late LTC Wayne Hall, USMC, of Lebanon, NH.


PUBLISHING CONCEPTS, Inc. (PCI) will be contacting alumni on behalf of Lyndon Institute to update your current contact information for distribution in a new Alumni Directory. Please keep an eye out for their postcard in the mail!





THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Vermont State Dance Festival

Winter Concert

Spring Dance Recital

Enjoy performances by the Concert Band, Select Chorus, Jazz Band and World Music.



Enjoy an evening performance, featuring choreographies performed by student dancers from across the state as well as by adult dance professionals.

FEBRUARY 17 – 24, 2017

Winter Carnival with Special Community Events


Winter Dance Recital ALUMNI AUDITORIUM

Enjoy performances that showcase learning and choreography from the Dance Techniques and Elements classes. Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and more will be featured.

DECEMBER 3, 2016


Enjoy performances that showcase learning and choreography from the Dance Techniques and Elements classes. Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and more will be featured.

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Events include a performance by world-renowned dance troupe Momix (led by LI alumni Moses Pendleton ’67), the Alumni Hockey Game, free skating at the Fenton W. Chester Arena, and friendly competitions to support our students!


APRIL 6 – 8, 2017

Florida Alumni Reunion



150TH Mural Unveiling


New this year, A-Term is a chance for our community to reconnect with learning in a fun and festive atmosphere. Multiple classes, workshops, and lectures taught by LI alumni and supporters will be offered in a variety of subjects guaranteed to engage your brain, hands, stomach, and heart.


8TH Annual Independence Fund Golf Tournament

Student Dance Showcase

JUNE 2 – 4, 2017


MAY 2017

Boston Red Sox Game FENWAY PARK

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

Alumni Weekend

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Winter Concert


Winter Carnival

8TH Annual Independence Fund Golf Tournament


In Memoriam It is with sorrow that the Alumni Association records the deaths of the following alumni. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these individuals. Alumni and friends desiring more complete information or a copy of an obituary can contact the alumni office at 802 535-3772.


Kathryn Gray Weed, ’43 of West Burke, VT on September 5, 2016.

Harry L. Goodsell, ’48 of Wells River, VT on August 13, 2016.

Ruth Shonyo Trask, ’48 of Northborough, MA on July 26, 2016.

Gertrude “Trudy” Willard Whitehill, ’48 of Kirby, VT on August 19, 2016.

Harriet Doane Gray, ’50 of Burlington, VT on June 11, 2016.

Madeleine “Maddie” Poissant Hanlon, ’53 of Keene, NH on February 22, 2016.

Dana Kent Castro, ’53 of Lancaster, VT on April 16, 2016.

Dale H. Chamberlain, ’54 of St. Johnsbury, VT on July 12, 2016.

Gayland E. Simpson, ’54 of Bryan, TX on May 15, 2016.

Lois Pearsons Weyrauch, ’54 of Leesburg, FL on March 19, 2016.

Ruth Frost Schneider, ’56 of Richmond, VA on March 22, 2016.

Mary Brown Van Pelt, ’56 of Camden, NY on January 12, 2016. VIKING VOICE

Donna Flanders Wann, ’56 of New Point Richey, FL on October 23, 2015.

Roland E. Johnson, ’57 of Concord, VT on June 30, 2016.

Sylvia A. Dunbar, ’58 of Sheffield, VT on July 10, 2016.

Phillip C. Davis, ’60 of Leimersheim, Germany on May 23, 2016.

Douglas G. Townsend, ’61 of Sutton, VT on August 6, 2016.

Garth L. Chesley, ’67 of Sheffield, VT on May 29, 2016.

Susan Bean Fadden, ’67 of Sheffield, VT on May 29, 2016.

Roscoe “Ross” Holmes, ’68 of Deerfield Beach, FL on April 27, 2016.

Lauri J. Aiken, ’71 of Lyndonville, VT on April 20, 2016.

James E. Davis Sr., ’71 of Fair Haven, VT on August 27, 2016.

Kevin E. Davis, ’81 of Lyndonville, VT on September 2, 2016.

Nerissa Donaldson Young, ’84 of North Concord, VT on August 26, 2016.

PHOTO UNAVAILABLE Russell A. Lynaugh, ’42 of St. Johnsbury, VT on June 1, 2016.

C. Daniel Lohnes, ’44 of Butte, MT on August 30, 2016. James A. Sanborn, ’92 of Victory, VT on August 25, 2016. FALL – WINTER 2016

Cody S. Pearsons, ’10 of Sheffield, Vermont on April 26, 2016.

Lois (Greenwood) Gilman, ’55 of Lyndonville, VT on March 18, 2016.


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