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Carol Bertram "Callie B." Newton

1941 - 2015 MARLBORO VT. Carol Bertram "Callie B." Newton died in her Marlboro, Vt. home surrounded by her children and dearest friends on April 4th, 2015 of complications following surgery for a meningioma. Callie was born April 9, 1941, in Elizabeth, N.J. and lived near Philadelphia, Pa. She spent all her summers in Jamaica, Vt. at the Newton School, founded by her Uncle David and Aunt Margaret Newton. She studied English at Temple University and the University of Washington and then emigrated to Alaska in 1963. She married and divorced Hans Van Der Laan, a noted Dutch mountaineer. She married George Lustig with whom she had two children in a wilderness homestead without water or electricity. They parted and she returned to the Northeast in 1975. She helped Jane Robertson operate a dairy farm in Nova Scotia until 1980. There she also earned a license and practiced as a bovine artificial insemination technician. She settled permanently in Vermont in 1982. She earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. She sang with the White Shoes, an a capella vocal group. She completed a course in the Gaelic language ahead of a journey to Ireland in 1999. She was a gifted writer and photographer. She had a great love of literature, strong coffee, tobacco, and chocolate, and her favorite form of exercise was a good sit. She lived in Marlboro, Vt. from 1994, served on the Marlboro select board, and was a bibliotherapist at Bartleby's Books until her passing. Callie marked many lives with her love, strength, and wit. She is survived by her sons, Michael, and Ben; her sister, Sara; and four grandchildren. There will be a celebration of her life at her Marlboro home on June 20 at noon.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 13, 2015
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