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Theodore M. Atkinson Jr.

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Theodore M. Atkinson Jr. 1926 - 2011 WILLIAMSTOWN Theodore Mayo Atkinson Jr. of Williamstown died Saturday, March 26, at the Sweetbrook Nursing Home in Williamstown after a time of declining health. He was born in Boston on Nov. 3, 1926, to Jane Holt and Theodore Mayo Atkinson and grew up in Winchester. After service in the Army during World War II, when he was stationed in the Philippines, Mr. Atkinson graduated from Amherst College in the class of 1950, then received a Master of Divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School in 1953 and was ordained that year at the First Congregational Church in Winchester. He later received a Masters in Education from Harvard and briefly taught in Ipswich. Rev. Atkinson served as minister to Congregational churches in Danbury, Conn.; Peru, Pittsfield, Boston, and New Marlborough, Mass.; in Newport, R.I.; and Bethesda, Md. He retired after 25 years as a Congregational minister to become a professional genealogist. After turning to genealogy, he specialized in researching early Vermont families, notably the Carpenters of Carpenter Hill in Pownal and Bennington, from whom he was descended. A member of the Congregational Church in Williamstown, Mr. Atkinson was a faithful and generous volunteer in the research library of the Bennington Museum and was a docent at the Old First Church in Old Bennington. Subjects of his special interest were early New England meetinghouses and gravestones, on which he gave illustrated lectures. Also active with the Pownal Historical Society, in recent years he was its program chairman. His other interests included birds, classical music, tennis, and poetry; he enjoyed playing bridge and playing chess with his grandson Zachary. He leaves his wife, Anne Kelway Libby Atkinson, of Williamstown; two sons, Timothy, a retired U.S. Navy captain, and his wife Michelle and children Zachary and Hannah, all of Manassas, Va., and Dr. Tobias and his wife Janet and children Joshua and Sarah, all of Andalusia, Ala.; two brothers, Robert and his wife Elizabeth of Mattapoisett, and John and his wife Natalie of Reading, as well as a first cousin, Jane Chamay of Pownal. FUNERAL NOTICE: A private memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum. Interment of ashes will take place in the family cemetery near the orchard on Carpenter Hill in Bennington. FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA is in charge.

Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2011
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