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Harold Budd Lemmerman

1935-2010 ARLINGTON, VT Harold Budd Lemmerman passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 23, at his home in Arlington.

Born April 6, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Paul C. and Gertrude Budd Lemmerman, he was educated at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, receiving a bachelor's degree in studio art, and Columbia University in New York, N.Y., where he received a master's degree in art education and a doctorate in fine arts and theatre.

Hal, as he was more generally known, was a professor of art at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J., for 37 years, where he was also director of the university's two art galleries for 18 years and coordinator of the music theatre program. Following his retirement, one of these galleries was re-named the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery.

Throughout his career he pursued his passion for teaching, commenting in 1996 that "students have maintained a sense of wonder for meI love teaching." This commitment extended to special education as he served as director of the A. Harry Moore Camp for physically handicapped children in High Bridge, N.J. for six summers. In 1999, his life-long commitment to education was recognized when the trustees of NJCU honored him with the title of Professor Emeritus.

Hal was also devoted to theatre and the arts. His theatrical career began at the age of six as a child actor at the Cleveland Playhouse. Six of his original productions for stage and TV premiered at NJCU, where he also directed a number of plays and designed scenes for numerous plays, musicals, and operas. He continued to design for several off-Broadway theatre and dance spaces during his active retirement. Locally, these included The Dorsett Playhouse in Dorsett, Vt., and The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, N.Y.

A member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, he was a prodigious artist and continued to paint pen and ink, watercolor, and china-marker drawings, working out of his studio in the historic 1911 Arlington train station. Some recent works can be found at www.hallemmermanartist.com, while drawings of his stuffed bear, Kirby, can be seen in many business and private collections in Southern Vermont.

He leaves four children, Richard Lemmerman, of Tokyo, Japan, Darrell Lemmerman, of Northborough, Mass., Joann Saul, of Port Townsend, Wash., and Evan Lemmerman, of Chantilly, Va.; eight grandchildren; a companion, Maggie Frayne, of Manchester, Vt.; a sister, Janet Mengle, of Richmond, Calif.; numerous friends, and his model bear, Kirby, of Arlington Station, who, together with his creator Hal, will remain forever in our hearts.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial gathering will be held at the Lemmerman Gallery at NJCU, N.J., on Apr. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Hal may be made to the Arlington Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 295, Arlington, VT 05250.

Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 10, 2010
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