CARL H. REIDEL - NORTH FERRISBURGH - Carl H. Reidel, 74, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at home in North Ferrisburgh, after an extraordinary and fulfilling journey that touched the lives of all around him. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago to Jack and Delores Reidel, Carl developed an early love for the outdoors on hunting and fishing trips to rural Wisconsin and at the age of 17 boarded a train to Minneapolis, Minn., to pursue his dream of earning a bachelor's degree in Forestry and Wildlife Science from the University of Minnesota. After graduation he took a job with the U.S. Forest Service as a District Forest Ranger in Nevada, Utah and California and later as Chief of Public Information for the Intermountain Region. He also served as a 2nd Lt. in the Army National Guard in Nevada and Utah from 1959 to 1966. Carl received the honor of two Bullard Forestry Fellowships to Harvard and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1964. The following year he moved his family back to Minnesota where he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Policy and Administration. This marked the beginning of a long and influential career as a professor and nationally recognized environmental policy advocate on the faculties of Minnesota, Williams, Harvard, Yale and the University of Vermont where he founded and was Director of the Environmental Program from 1972 to 2000. At UVM, Carl launched the nation's first university-wide interdisciplinary Environmental Program and put the university at the forefront of the environmental movement by pushing cutting-edge environmental policies that are now standard practice. He loved teaching and interacting with students during his 35 years as a professor and appreciated hearing from students as their careers have in turn helped the environment and conservation. Carl also served in the House of Representatives in the Vermont State Legislature from 1995-96; served as President of the American Forestry Association; Vice President of the National Wildlife Federation; Director of the National Parks Association; and as the first Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain. On the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, Carl was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Master Award along with U.S. Senator Robert Stafford. Away from work, Carl knew how to enjoy life by spending time with his family and traveling with his wife, Jean Richardson, professor emeriti, University of Vermont. Jean and Carl made trips to England, Russia, Spain, Siberia, China, South and Central America, Europe and drove across the United States in their RV with their beloved dachshunds, William and Harry. An astute historian, Carl enjoyed politics, collecting rare political buttons and taking history-based trips including one with Jean along the entire Lewis and Clark Trail. Carl was his happiest sitting with Jean on the back porch or by Lewis Creek at their home in North Ferrisburgh watching the daffodils or surveying their large vegetable garden and English perennial flower beds while enjoying a martini or glass of wine together. Carl will be missed by his family, Ingrid (Reidel) and Michael Cyros of Newburyport, Mass.; Kristin (Reidel) and Tommy Dixon of Hurricane, W.V.; Jonathan Reidel and Lisa Emerson of Burlington; Sarah Flack and Emanuel Farrow of Fairfield; Gwyneth Flack and Matt Gedeon and Galadriel Gedeon of Fletcher; and grandchildren, Anthony Reidel, Gretchen Cyros, Bayley Cyros, and Dylan Hatfield. Carl was a man of faith, and a burial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's name to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, for their compassionate care, or to any conservation or environmental organization.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 6, 2011