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Samuel N. Hibbard

1932-2012 Samuel Newcomb Hibbard of 1455 Maple Grove Road, Pownal, Vt., died of leukemia at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the age of 80.

Born in North Adams, on October 1, 1932, he was the son of Perley Nudd and Grace Bargh Hibbard. He attended local Bennington schools, graduating from Bennington High as president of the class of 1950. He received a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College in 1954, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Sam earned an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the army transportation corps. His military assignment was twenty months in the USA Southern German headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Sam attended Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving an MBA degree in Industrial Management in 1958. There followed a thirty-year career at Norton Company (now St. Gobain) in Worcester, Mass. He held a variety of positions: industrial engineer, pension analyst, staff accountant, purchasing agent and director of compensation and benefits.

A major interest was health care insurance cost containment. In this regard, Sam was a founder and member of the Central Massachusetts Business Group on Health and a founder and member of the Worcester Area Systems for Affordable Health Care.

In Holden, Mass., Sam was a five-year member and chair of the Holden School Committee. After retiring to the family farm in Vermont, he was a Pownal selectman for three years, a director of United Way of Bennington County for six years and a trustee of the Bennington Museum for nine years. A lifelong Rotarian, he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Most recently he has been a voting member of the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington.

Sam leaves his wife of fifty years, Marietta Laskey Hibbard, two daughters, Wendy Lee Hibbard of Canton, Conn., and Melinda Newcomb Kruder of Carol Stream, IL, as well as a brother, Albert Dudley Hibbard of Prudence Island, RI.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, Old Bennington, Vermont at 11:30 a.m., December 1, 2012 with The Reverend Kenneth Clarke officiating. Arrangements are being handled by E. P. Mahar & Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Old First Church Preservation Fund or the Pownal Rescue Squad 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 Nov. 9, 2012
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