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Richard H. "Dick" Caswell

1923 - 2013 BENNINGTON Richard H. "Dick" Caswell, 89, a resident of Jefferson Heights, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Middlebury on May 25, 1923, he was the son of Henry Wright and Ginevra (Harlow) Caswell. Dick was a 1941 graduate of Middlebury High School.

His college education at Middlebury College was interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted into the Army Air Corps, following his sophomore year. Dick served with the 82nd Airborne and saw action in France, England and Germany.

Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to Middlebury College where he was active in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He received his bachelor's degree in History in 1948.

Dick's first teaching position was at Bristol High School from 1948 until 1950 where he also coached both basketball and baseball. In 1951, Dick received his Master's degree in History from the University of Vermont. That same year he accepted a position as a history teacher at Bennington High School where he remained until his retirement from Mt. Anthony Union High School in 1985.

While at Bennington High School, Dick coached both the ski team and golf team and continued as golf coach after the opening of Mt. Anthony. He served as the original faculty advisor of the National Honor Society and served several years as chair of the Social Studies department, president of the teachers association and regional representative for the National Education Association.

Dick was a longtime member of the Second Congregational Church and served as a deacon at the church for several years. He was very proud to have served over 30 years as the secretary of the Class of 1948 at Middlebury College and was also a member of the Cane Society at Middlebury.

Dick was a member of American Legion Post and Bennington Elks Lodge 567, where he served as Flag Day Chairman for many years. He was a member of RSVP and served as a senior volunteer at both the Vermont Veterans Home and in the Vermont History Room at the Bennington Free Library. He was also an active member of the Bennington Retired Teachers Association.

Dick married the former Anita Kichline on April 18, 1954, in Durham, N.H.

Dick and Anita enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, all of the Canadian provinces and over 30 countries overseas. An original member of the Rattlesnakes Club, Dick enjoyed reading, playing cribbage at the Bennington Club, and had accumulated several master points playing bridge. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, Chicago Bears and the New York Rangers, but his favorite pastime above all others was time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Caswell of Bennington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard H. II and Maria Caswell of Bennington, and Christopher S. and Catherine Caswell of Concord, N.H.; six grandchildren, twins, John and James of Bennington, Ricky and Mark of Cambridge, Mass., and Katelyn and Christopher of Concord, N.H., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dick was predeceased by a sister, Mary Jones and by two brothers, John and Henry Caswell.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial services celebrating the life of Richard H. Caswell will be held at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington on May 11 at 1 p.m. A private committal service will be held at West Cemetery in Middlebury at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick's memory may be made to either the Second Congregational Church or the Middlebury College Cane Society through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.


Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 13, 2013
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