Richard Wooten

Richard Leland Wooten

1937-2013 Richard Leland Wooten died on January 28 after a long illness surrounded by friends and family at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vt.

Dick, as he preferred to be called, was predeceased by his parents, the former Edith (Brown) Holdstock, a University of Vermont graduate and Dr. Leland A. Wooten, Director of Chemical Physics at Bell Labs.

Born April 8, 1937 in New York City, Dick spent summers at the family homestead in Windham, Vermont and eventually moved there full-time. He earned his BA in English Literature at Amherst College and an MBA from Columbia University. He was Marketing Director for Children's Books at Macmillan Publishing in New York City when publishing was in its heyday. He loved books and amassed a vast collection of his own. His knowledge of children's literature delighted his many step-grandchildren over the years.

Dick moved to Brattleboro ten years ago and was a longtime volunteer and board member of The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. Known for his quick wit and generosity, Dick not only opened his home to friends, but adopted and nurtured several beloved animals.

Dick will be sadly missed by his dear friend and caregiver for the past year, Ralph Pedicini of Brattleboro; dear friends, Susan Flynn of Craftsbury Common, Vermont and Louise Roy of Eastham, Mass.; extended family in Costa Rica and Canada, especially his stepdaughter, Margot Rochester, of Thornbury, Ontario, Canada.

A celebration of his life will be held in May.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont or The Windham County Humane Society.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 31, 2013