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VIVIAN BRYAN TAYLOR - NORTHFIELD - Vivian Bryan Taylor, 93, a longtime Northfield resident, died Aug. 24, 2014, in Mayo Rehabilitation and Continuing Care in Northfield. Born June 24, 1921, in Elizabeth, N.J., she grew up a resident of both Mississauga, Ontario, and Winnetka, Ill., where she graduated from New Trier High School. Vivian went on to Northwestern University where she completed both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees and became a member of Chi Omega Sorority. While at Northwestern, Vivian met her future husband, William "Pop" Adams Bryan. Vivian and Will were married on Sept. 26, 1942. Vivian enjoyed the life of a college professor's wife and they settled in Northfield in 1952 to raise their family. This was the beginning of a lifelong affiliation with Norwich University. Norwich was a family affair, with Vivian working at the Norwich Library, serving on the Board of Fellows and becoming a Medallion winner. She was also honored as a Norwich University Honorary Alumna in 2000. Mom and Pop Bryan welcomed countless Norwich Cadets into their home over a period of 50 years. More than one cadet graduated from Norwich due in large part to their support and guidance. Many former students stayed in touch with Mom for decades and enriched her life with their visits. Norwich Homecoming was always looked forward to with great anticipation to renew friendships and recall wonderful memories. Vivian went back to college later in life, graduating in 1970 with her Master of Library Science degree and becoming the State of Vermont Law Librarian. Upon retirement, she immediately volunteered at the Norwich University Krietzberg Library for the next 20 years. Vivian believed in giving back to the community, serving as a Boy Scout leader, being an active member of SERV and a member of the Norwich University Staff/ Faculty Club. Vivian loved to travel and managed to see many parts of the world. She was recognized as a founding member of the Northfield Savings Bank Passport Club and went on wonderful adventures with her best friend, Libby Hambleton, and her daughter-in-law, Dale Bliven. Vivian was an avid skier, becoming a member of the 70+ club and continuing to cross country ski long after she gave up downhill. She also enjoyed going to Norwich hockey games, especially in her later years with her son, Michael. Vivian was predeceased by her husbands, William Bryan, in 1988, and John Taylor in 1995. She was also predeceased by two grandchildren, Ross and Justin, who died in infancy. Vivian is survived by her two sons, Shawn Bryan and his wife, Helen, and Michael Bryan and his wife, Jane; grandchildren, Rachel, Erin, Jennifer, and Grace; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Christ Church, State Street, Montpelier, Vt. There are no calling hours. Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com. Contributions in memory of Vivian may be made to Mayo Healthcare, Inc., 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 26, 2014
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