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William Best Jr.

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WEST RUPERT -- William Richard “Dick” Best, Jr., college professor, museum director, artist, print maker, potter, art restorer, beloved husband, father and doting grandfather, died after a short and sudden illness on Jan. 11, 2008, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Dick, a longtime resident of Vermont, was born in Los Angeles. Dick served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force and was a B-47 pilot for the Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict.

Dick received his master of fine arts degree from Wichita State University in Kansas. Among other career accomplishments, Dick taught at Keuka College, and served as Director of the Gilcrease, Chrysler and Bennington museums.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Best of West Rupert; son James Best of St. Paul, Minn.; his son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Debra Best, and grandson Noah Best of Niskayuna, N.Y.

Memorial services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick’s memory may be sent to the Salem rescue Squad in Salem, N.Y. or the Kitray Library of West Rupert c/o Brewster Funeral Service P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester has been entrusted with the care of Dick’s funeral arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 18, 2008
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