ANNE ALEXANDER BINGHAM

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ANNE ALEXANDER BINGHAM - SOUTH HERO - Anne Bingham, 81, completed her life journey on March 31, 2012. Anne died at home in the care of her family and with the support of VNA Hospice. Although Anne's life ended at death, her example and her memory will continue to bless us for many years. Anne grew up in Boulder, Colo., where her father, Gordon Alexander, was a biology professor. Her mother, Marion, was also a biologist. Anne's childhood was steeped in natural history, with many visits to high mountain passes where her father and his family collected grasshoppers used as a tool for ecological research. Anne graduated from the University of Colorado and married Richard Bingham in 1951. Anne and Richard spent their first married summer as fire lookouts in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and lived for periods of time in New York City, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., Hayden, Colo. and Rapid City, S.D., before moving to South Burlington in 1969 and to South Hero in 1980. In 1971, Anne earned a master's degree in education from the University of Vermont and taught in the Shelburne Village School Multi-Age program from 1972 to 1993. She is the author of, "Exploring the Multiage Classroom," published by Stenhouse in 1995. While living in Rapid City, S.D., Anne was a cocreator of the South Dakota Chapter of Panel of American Women, in which women from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds gave personal talks throughout western South Dakota about their life experiences to promote cultural understanding and inclusion. In South Hero, she served on the board and was a grant writer for the Champlain Islands Parent Child Center. In addition to her husband, Richard, Anne's family includes their three children and their families, Laurence Bingham and Deborah Dauscher of Great Barrington, Mass., Richard and Julie Bingham of Salem, Ore., Robin Bingham and Ted Anderson of Gunnison, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Isaac and his wife, Alice Driver, Tobiah, Anna, Alexandra, Rebecca, Madeline, and Anika. In 1980, Anne and Richard moved from South Burlington to a home they built mostly with their own labor in South Hero. Every summer the extended family gathers at Binghaven, which also contains the home of William and Shirley Bingham and is the birthplace of Isaac Bingham, whose arrival was assisted by Anne in 1977. Anne described this experience in a personal sketch she wrote called, "A Cup of Tea for the Midwife." For a number of years, Anne led a group for CIDER called, "Writing Stories of our Lives." Anne is also survived by her brother and his wife, Douglas and Kathy Alexander of Chico, Calif., and their sons, Allen and Miloh. At the time of Anne's retirement from Shelburne Village School, she was beginning to cope with the late effects of a polio infection that occurred during her junior year of high school. She and many other polio survivors believed that they had a complete recovery, but discovered late in life that nerve damage caused by the polio virus can create the condition called post-polio syndrome. Anne's history of polio did not noticeably impair her physical capacities during most of her adult life. She climbed 14,000 foot Longs Peak in Colorado, tent camped on multiple backpacking trips to Europe, and had a full career as a primary school teacher. After her retirement in 1993, as her physical capacities gradually diminished, she and Richard shifted from tent to car camping and then RV travel. She lived her life to its full as home partner, parent, professional colleague and civic contributor. As an educator and as a parent, she inspired lifelong learning and all of her children continued their formal education to obtain advanced degrees. She was a member of the South Hero Congregational Church, the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington and a member of PEO, Chapter C. The family wishes to thank and commend the VNA Hospice, Zail Berry, MD, Betsy Lyons, RN, and the LNA staff for their outstanding and devoted assistance in her care. It would please Anne for those wishing to recognize her life with a charitable gift, to make a donation either to UVM or to the Marion and Gordon Alexander, and Anne Alexander Bingham Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Colorado. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to upper division and graduate students majoring in biology at CU Boulder and having a particular interest in mountain ecology. Online gifts can be made at http://www.cufund.org/giving-opportunities/fund-description/?id=10532; or by mail to Univ. of Colorado Foundation Gift Planning, Karen Kay Thompson, 4740 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301, with memo: Fund #0150001 in Honor of Anne Bingham. Or a gift may be made to the University of Vermont General Scholarship Fund, designated in honor of Anne Bingham, mailed to The UVM Fund, Jeff Moreau Director, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05405. A service of remembrance and celebration of Anne's life for family and friends will be held at the College Street Congregational Church (UCC), 265 College St., Burlington, on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 2, 2012
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