COLCHESTER - Don Hall Grout, 84, a former resident of Colchester, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, in Banner Garden Hospice facility in Mesa, Ariz. after complications from pancreatic cancer.
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Don was born in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 1929, the son of Don Jackson and Thelma (Hall) Grout. A lifelong educator and engineer, Don received his Ed.D from Vanderbilt University, M. Ed from UVM and BS from Norwich University. Don retired from Champlain College as a full professor, previously taught at the Randolph Vo-Tech and was a math and AV teacher at West Rutland HS. Prior to his teaching career, Don was a quality control engineer with General Electric. Don served his country during the Korean conflict in the Air Force, and was a licensed private pilot.
He was a lifetime member and secretary of the Sun Life Amateur Radio Club and the American Radio Relay League - call sign: W1DR. Lifetime memberships also included Mensa, The American Legion and the Elks club. Don loved to camp and travel, and he enjoyed square dancing and cooking.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Patricia (Ready), sister Barbara and Al Stiles, son Scott, son Douglas and Ginger Grout, daughter Deborah and Chuck Harrison, daughter Linda and Douglas Cleveland, cousin George Kennedy of Texas, grandchildren Meghan, Elizabeth, Jenny, Kate Emily, Luke, Rachel, Tyler, Molly.
Don was predeceased by his wife of 41 years in 1998, Audrey (Barrett).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
for cancer@ stjude.org/donate.
A funeral service will be celebrated in the Chaple of Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction at 12 noon, Tuesday, May 20 with visitation from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cenmetery, North Avenue, Burlington.
Published in Rutland Herald on May 17, 2014