Dr. Virginia S. Larrabee

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Dr. Virginia S. Larrabee died peacefully October 20, 2013.

She was born November 21, 1923, to Clara (Anderson) and Edwin Homer Stewart.

Her childhood was spent in Minnesota, Ohio, and New Jersey. The family moved to Vermont in 1944.

After graduating from Wellesley College in 1945, she married Wesley C. Larrabee of Shoreham on May 4, 1947. They had four daughters and operated a dairy farm and apple orchard, which was known as Larrabee's Point Orchard.

Dr. Larrabee was an educator who started teaching elementary school in 1955 in Forest Dale. She went on to teach in Shoreham, then became an Elementary Reading Supervisor in Rutland.

She earned a Master's degree at UVM in 1961, and her EdD from Boston University in 1969. She did post-doctoral work at Leslie College and Harvard University. She was a professor at Castleton State College from 1966 until her retirement in 1992. During her years at CSC, her primary focus was the teaching of reading. She served as chair of the Education Department for 20 years and was a pioneer in training teachers to embrace technology in the classroom.

After her retirement, she continued to be very active in education, consulting with local schools and school districts about the use of computers in the classroom until 1997.

Dr. Larrabee served on several community boards: Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future, Lake Champlain Basin Program, South Lake Champlain Trust, Mount Independence Coalition, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Helen Porter Nursing Home, Shoreham Congregational Church Sunday School, among others.

Her daughters and family remember her as highly vital, having a lifelong interest in education and learning. She and Wesley loved to travel, taking the time to explore the United States in their camper, and travelling abroad occasionally. Some life lessons she shared with students and family were that you are only ignorant until you ask the question and receive the answer, and that limits exist only in one's own mind.

She is survived by her four daughters: Susan Keil, Diane Chartrand, Linda Larrabee, and Judy Larrabee Pomainville, three grandsons (Brent, Brian and Kevin Chartrand) and two granddaughters (Andrea and Melissa Pomainville), her sister, Audrey Heinrichs, and brother, Bill Stewart. She has 2 great-granddaughters. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years.

The family gratefully acknowledges the tremendous love and care provided by the staff at the Meadows and RAVNAH.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Shoreham, Sunday, October 27, at 2 p.m., followed by an open house at the home of Linda Larrabee, 741 Jenison Road, Shoreham. A memorial service will be held at Grace Church Monday, October 28, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Virginia S. Larrabee Memorial Scholarship Fund at Castleton State College, Castleton VT 05735. The scholarship financially supports students who share her passion for education.
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Published in Rutland Herald on Oct. 23, 2013
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