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Carrol Otto

1943 - 2015 CHESTER,VT Long time Chester, VT, resident Carrol Ann Otto nee Rodney, 71, died Friday, August 28, at home in Sarasota, FL. after a five year struggle with atypical Parkinsonism, she passed peacefully in hospice care. News of her passing has produced remembrances of Carrol's rich and productive life. Friends and colleagues describe her as vibrant, generous, opinionated, insightful, open hearted, articulate, feisty, worldly, fearless, boisterous, exuberant, entertaining and adventurous; a wine drinking, politically progressive, storytelling lover of life. She was all that and so much more, a radiant spirit who left us way too soon. Carrol leaves son, Joe Osheroff and wife, Kaling, son, Sam Osheroff and wife, Kris, grandchildren, Stella and Oliver, brother, Dean Rodney and wife, Saundra, and husband, Jonathan Otto. Born in Herrin, ILL, December 6, 1943, to Jim and Marguerite Rodney, Carrol graduated from Herrin High School and studied nursing in Chicago. She married Jonathan in 1977, and after living in Europe for two years, the family settled on a small farm in Chester, VT. Carrol set up a private practice as a clinical psychologist and earned a masters degree in psychology. She actively promoted arts in education, including many high school drama productions, which contributed to her sons' choice of careers in theater. After her boys grew up and left home, Carrol was ready for new adventures. In 1995 she and Jonathan moved to Arusha, Tanzania, where she learned to speak Swahili and counseled both nationals and expatriates. She loved Africa, working and traveling extensively as a consultant, trainer and grantmaker for foundations and nonprofits. With Jonathan, Carrol developed a grantsmanship course in 1999 that the Ottos offered 50 times over the next decade, from Trinidad to Zimbabwe to SIT's CONTACT program in Brattleboro, including guest lecture stints at 16 African universities. Sadly, illness forced her to retire in 2011. Always an activist, in the last weeks of her life Carrol participated in a Parkinson's awareness and fundraising video to promote Parkinson Place: youtube/PiyhMA3EFCM For those who wish, Carrol's family suggests that contributions in her memory be made to the Parkinson's Research Foundation that manages Parkinson Place.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 5, 2015
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