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Barbara Bray Ketchum 1921-2011 DORSET, VT Barbara Bray Ketchum of Dorset, Vt., passed away on Thursday, October 20 at Wake Robin, the retirement community in Shelburne, Vt. She leaves her husband of almost sixty-nine years, Richard M. Ketchum, their daughter Liza Ketchum, their son Thomas Bray Ketchum, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Barbara Ketchum was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 27, 1921, the daughter of Thomas J. Bray and Louise McKelvey Bray. She grew up in Sewickley, PA and attended Madeira School and Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied modern dance with Bessie Schoenberg and Martha Graham. She later performed with Martha Graham's company. She left college after her father's death, but returned to graduate from Sarah Lawrence in 1968, and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Barbara and her husband moved to Dorset after World War II. They then raised their children in Washington, DC and Bronxville, NY. In 1963, they purchased a farm in Dorset, where they bred registered Polled Hereford cattle. A representative of the American Polled Hereford Society said Mrs. Ketchum had "The best small herd in the East." Later, she also raised registered Romney Marsh sheep and Nubian goats. A fierce advocate of family farms and the environment, Barbara Ketchum received an "Outstanding Conservationist" award in 1986. She served on the Dorset Town Planning Commission and helped to found the Dorset Citizens for Responsible Growth. She was passionate about conservation, and once sat down in front of a bulldozer to prevent it from tearing up the Dorset green. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Circle of Remembrance will be held at the Wake Robin Community Center, 100 Wake Robin Dr. in Shelburne on Saturday, October 29, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Barbara Bray Ketchum Artist-in-Residence Fund at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 26, 2011
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