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Vivian Golbin 1928-2011 BENNINGTON Vivian Golbin died on September 13, 2011 in the loving care of the staff at the River's Edge Community Care Home in Bennington, VT where she had resided for the past 3 1/2 years. Vivian was born on November 26, 1928 in Milan, Italy. Her parents were Elsa and Owsey Golbin, who immigrated with their two young daughters to the U. S. at the start of World War II in September, 1939. Her father, a fur trader and violinist from Russia, died unexpectedly in 1943 while her mother, a composer, of German-Swiss descent, continued to live in New York City with her daughters. Vivian finished her basic education at the Progressive School and in public high school. Her sister, Ruth Andree, predeceased her in 2003. In 1946 she returned to Europe to attend the Music Conservatory in Lausanne, Switzerland, for two years, specializing in voice training and general music and harmony. Her teacher in voice was Anne Valle. She than attended Barnard School in New York City for two more years and several years later Russell Sage College and SUNY University in Albany, NY, where she graduated with a MS in Psychology and English Literature. Vivian spoke flour languages fluently besides her many intellectual interests, especially in the arts and sciences. She published weekly articles on various subjects in the Banner and had an in-depth knowledge of the Israel/Palestine conflict. She volunteered for the BROC food distribution center, served as an organist at the local Christ Scientist Church and provided piano lessons to area students for many years. After a brief marriage to Ludwig Wagner, a professor at Marlboro College, whom she met at a Unitarian summer camp in 1950, she and her mother moved into a newly built home on College Road in North Bennington in 1953. They felt especially attracted to the Dance, Music and Arts programs at Bennington College, which they enjoyed greatly over the years. Both became founding members of the Unitarian Fellowship of Bennington in 1959. Vivian remained active in this religious organization until after her mother's death in 1983 and she continued to feel most supported by her congregation until her own death. Any memorial contributions would therefore be most appreciated by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and may be made through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Information regarding memorial services for Vivian Golbin may be obtained by contacting Harda Bradford at (802) 447-7065. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 14, 2011
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