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Richard M. Lacy

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ARLINGTON -- Richard M. Lacy, 86, a resident of Arlington, died Thursday evening, Feb. 24, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home following a lengthy illness. He and his wife retired in Arlington 17 years ago; he loved the community and its people.

Richard was born in Rochester, N.Y. July 27, 1918. He was the son of the late Volney E. and Florence (Meier) Lacy. Mr. Lacy attended elementary school and high school in Rochester. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, returned to earn an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and then a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

For almost all of his working years, Mr. Lacy was employed by American Cyanamid Company (now Wyeth) and Schering-Plough pharmaceutical companies as international personnel manager. He traveled the world over and delighted in it.

The natural world and the health of our environment were his passions. Along with his family, he took much pleasure in the operation of their horse farm while living in Goshen, N.Y. He was willing to commute three hours per day to New Jersey and back in order to provide the country life for the family. Doing chores in his tricorner hat was a familiar sight. He spent much of the last 40 years serving on planning, zoning, water and health boards and being involved in many civic matters.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Vandeven Lacy of Arlington; a son, Jeffrey and his wife Liz Lacy and their twins Anna and Piper of Shutesbury, Mass.; a daughter, Beth and her husband Cliff Walden of Schenectady, N.Y; a sister, Gail and her husband James Bouch of Rochester; and a sister-in-law, Betty Lacy of Hilton, N.Y., as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Volney E. Lacy III and Herbert M. Lacy.

Funeral arrangements will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

A memorial service will take place at a later date at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to a conservation or environmental cause in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home Arlington Chapel, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

To send condolences to the family of Richard M. Lacy, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2005
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