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Melvin A. Dyson

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Melvin Allen Dyson, formerly of Bennington, Vt., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, in Florida after a short illness. He was born in Medford, Mass., April 16, 1926 to Albert and Hazel Dyson and graduated from Tilton School in New Hampshire in 1943.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and was stationed in India. After his discharge, he attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating in 1951 and received his C.P.A. in 1952. He married Barbara Lenau in 1950 and a year later joined Lybrand, Ross Brothers and Montgomery public accounting firm. He also taught accounting at Northeastern University. Eight years later, he became vice president of financial affairs at the University of Vermont. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bennington where he became vice president and manager of the Chittenden Trust Co.

Mr. Dyson was active in community affairs in Bennington; he became chairman of the board of trustees at Southern Vermont College, served on the board of the Elizabeth Lund Home, the Bennington County Industrial Corp., and Southwestern Vermont Medical Hospital. He became chief financial officer of the Olin Scott Fund, a member of the Old Colony Masonic Lodge, the Ethan Allen Club, Rotary, Mallets Bay Yacht Club, the Rattlesnakes morning group and the Lake Mansfield Trout Club in Stowe. A member of St. Peter’s Church, he served as a representative to the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.

Mr. Dyson is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons Jeffrey of Florida and John of Bennington, Vt.; a daughter, Elizabeth Crichton of Fletcher, Vt.; and a grandson, Michael Robert Crichton.

A memorial service was held Nov. 8 at St. Andrews Church, Lake Worth, Fla. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the American Diabetes Association, 1-800-342-2383.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 11, 2004
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