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1918 - 2013 NORTH BENNINGTON David Aldrich, 94, died following a short illness on Feb. 4 at home in North Bennington. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters.
David was born on Dec. 9, 1918, in Walpole, Mass., the son of Earl Augustus and Elizabeth Wood Aldrich. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in 1936 and
in 1940, with a BS in engineering sciences. David studied naval architecture at MIT and obtained an MA in Architecture from Harvard.
World War II
, he was a Naval architect at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
He and Jean Short married in 1945 and moved to Los Angeles where he worked for noted architect John Lautner and others until returning east in 1952.
David and his family settled in Geneva, N.Y., where he established a solo practice after several years in partnership. In 1963 he accepted the position of Director of Urban Renewal for the City of Geneva, overseeing rehabilitation of the city core and the Seneca Lake waterfront. During this time he was a founding member of the Geneva Housing Authority, quietly promoting integration and social justice, and a vestry member at Trinity Episcopal church.
In 1969, David and his family moved to North Bennington. He was a partner in Diamond & Aldrich, Architects, Inc. until 1971, and practiced privately as David Aldrich, Architect, until retiring in 1993. He designed a new addition at Putnam Memorial Hospital, and other buildings and private residences in and around Vermont.
David served on the vestry of Saint Peter's Church, including many years as Senior Warden. Until recently, he was a board member of the McCullough Free Library, Sage City Syndicate and was still on the Board of The Fund for North Bennington. He also taught classes at the Bennington Museum, providing insight into the architectural history of the area during lectures and field trips.
David was a 50-year member of Seneca Yacht Club in Geneva, N.Y., where he honed his passion for sailboat racing and enjoyed winning seasons at the helm of the Coq Rouge, his Rhodes Bantam class sailboat. After moving to N. Bennington, he and his sons, Mac and Stuart, transitioned to iceboating and could often be found zipping across Lake Paran in their home built iceboat. David's other passions included vegetable and flower gardening, eradicating non-native plants, tracking nature, reading literature and detective novels, fly fishing, and hiking. He was an avid lepidopterist with a particular interest in raising moths and butterflies. He traveled to France on numerous occasions and to Israel.
He was most proud of the fact that his three children have enjoyed long, happy marriages.
David was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Short Aldrich; by his sister, Elizabeth Newton; by his son, David (Mac), and a daughter-in-law, Nancy.
He is survived by his wife, Tabbie Bolk Aldrich, whom he married in 2005 and with whom he enjoyed traveling in the Carribean and in Belize. His daughters, Kate and Ann; son, Stuart, and grandchildren Ben, Carl and Sarah survive him. Other survivors are his nieces, Sue Livera and Shannon Dancy and nephew, Chuck Schroeder.
MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington.
Contributions may be made in David's memory to St Peter's Episcopal Church, United Counseling Service, VNA- Hospice, or the Fund for North Bennington through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
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Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013
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