GEORGE BUTTERICK MACCOLLOM - SOUTH BURLINGTON - George Butterick MacCollom, 87, of South Burlington died March 30, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. George was born in Roslindale, Mass., on June 10, 1925, to parents, Welby Henry MacCollom and Florence Hattie Butterick. George grew up in Roslindale with his brother, Welby Francis, but spent time in Sterling, Mass., during the Depression with his grandmother. Sunday school and scouting were a large part of George's early life. A pivotal day for George arrived on June 10, 1943, when he turned 18, graduated from Roslindale High School and enlisted in the ASTP (Aptitude Specialist Training Program). He studied at both Princeton and Yale for a semester before joining the 104th Infantry division of the Timberwolves. He fought in Europe during WWII where he earned the bronze star
for action in Holland and a purple heart
after he was wounded in Pier, Germany. After returning from the war, George attended the University of Massachusetts on the GI bill where he earned his bachelors in entomology. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at UMass with his fraternity brothers in Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). He then earned his doctorate at Cornell, where he met his wife, Thelma Forsyth. They were married in Ithaca, N.Y., on Dec. 5, 1953, and relocated to Burlington in 1954 when George became a professor and chairman of the entomology department at the University of Vermont. He taught, researched and worked with the U.S. Extension Service advising fruit growers in the Champlain Valley. In 1969, George embarked on a year-long sabbatical with his family to Canberra Australia studying the Australian fruit fly at CSIRO. He retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus from UVM. George and Thelma made South Burlington their home where they raised four children and enjoyed a blessed life. In 1988 they made a decision to move to Monkton, realizing his life-long dream of becoming a gentleman farmer. He developed the Monkton Valley Orchard, a nonorganic orchard, growing a variety of apples and blueberries. His grandchildren logged hundreds of miles on the property riding go-carts, lawn mowers and tractors. George was well known for his annual goose dinners where invitees were placed on either the A List or B List depending on their attitude regarding his hunting abilities. George spent many lunch hours playing handball and many hours on the weekends duck hunting or fly fishing at the Lake Mansfield Trout Club. There were many competitive games of croquet played on his regulation sized court in Monkton with family and friends. George will forever be remembered for his endless jokes and jovial attitude towards life. George was predeceased by his grandson, Keith MacCollom, in April 2009. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; his daughter, Karen Theoktisto and husband, Phil, of Melrose, Fla.; son, Stuart MacCollom and wife, Elaine, of Seminole Fla.; daughter, Susan Richard and husband, Normand of Georgetown, Maine; and son, Kenneth MacCollom and wife, Marie, of St Petersburg, Fla. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Anna Theoktisto Camardese, Katie Theoktisto, Allison MacCollom West, Henry Richard, Cameron MacCollom, Christina Theoktisto Blanchard, Charles Richard, Connor MacCollom and Duncan MacCollom. Plans for a memorial service will be announced later.