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Jane E. Rudd

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BENNINGTON -- Miss Jane Elizabeth Rudd, 86, formerly on the Bennington College Library staff for many years, died on Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2003 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Miss Rudd had resided at theVillage at Fillmore Pond in Bennington for several years.

Miss Rudd was born in Bennington on Feb. 3, 1917, daughter of the late Maurice E. and Bessie (Harbour) Rudd. A graduate of Bennington High School in 1934, she received her B.A. degree from Goucher College, Baltimore, Md. in 1938. The following year Miss Rudd completed studies at Columbia University Library school in New York and was awarded a B.S. degree.

Miss Rudd’s affiliation at Bennington College started in September of 1939. She retired in October of 1978 and had served as an assistant librarian in charge of technical services for more than 20 years. A dedicated volunteer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Miss Rudd wasa Gray Lady from 1950 to 1980. She contributed many thousands of hours as a volunteer in the hospital medical records office. She gave unsparingly of her time, often on duty during the holidays.

Miss Rudd was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington and also belonged to the woman’s auxiliary of the hospital and in past years had been involved in other professional and civic groups. Her contributions to humanitarian efforts were well-known. Her joys of life included travel, card games, reading and, most importantly, her friends.

Miss Rudd has no immediate survivors. She is survived by many friends whose lives she had touched.

Graveside committal services for Miss Rudd will be held on Saturday, Aug.16 at 1 p.m. in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark, pastor of the Second Congregational Church, will officiate. There will be no calling hours.

Gifts in Miss Rudd’s memory may be made to the Bennington Free Library in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences please consult www.nsm.org/covey .
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 14, 2003
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