ROBERT PIERSON NORTHROP - UNDERHILL - Robert Pierson "Bob" Northrop, age 92, husband of Julia (Smith) Northrop, passed away on his birthday, Saturday evening, March 30, 2013, at his home, with his family at his side. He was born March 30, 1921, in Boston, the son of the late Albert Allen and Elizabeth (Board) Northrop. Bob grew up in Belmont, Mass., and was a 1938 graduate of Belmont High School. He attended Middlebury College and Ohio State University and in September of 1942 enlisted in the U.S. Army receiving his honorable discharge on Oct. 12, 1945. Following the service he attended the University of Vermont and SUNY receiving three degrees. He moved to Underhill in 1958 and began his teaching career at the newly opened Lyman C. Hunt Junior High School in Burlington. After his retirement from teaching, he and his wife ran a successful sheep and yarn business for many years. Bob was very civic minded and volunteered many countless hours to many organizations and was a tireless fundraiser. He was a life member of the Green Mountain Club and served on the board for several years. He made seven End to End Long Trail hikes with the first being at the age of 17 and his last at the age of 80 in 2001. Bob also served on the Chittenden East Supervisory Union School Board from 1968 to 1986 serving as chairman from 1982-1986. He was a board member of VPR and was a board member and president of the Vermont Electric Co-operative, giving 24 years of dedication, service and leadership. Bob was a founding member of the Vermont Mozart Festival and served as President for a period of time. He is survived by his wife, Julia (Smith) Northrop of Underhill. Bob and Julia were married on Oct. 12, 1963. He is also survived by his children, Pat Boutilier and her husband, Randy, of Port Henry, N.Y., Mike Northrop and his wife, Tracy, of Watertown, N.Y., Bill Salmon and his partner, Fay Weber, of Hartland, Grace Freeman of Lincoln, Steve Northrop and his wife, Kathi, of Camarillo, Calif., and Chas Salmon and his wife, Olga Lermontov, of Enosburgh; 16 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and his sister, Ellen Shannon, age 97, of Seattle, Wash. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 1 p.m., at the Underhill Town Hall, 12 Pleasant Valley Rd., Underhill. Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is assisting Bob's family with arrangements. Private messages of condolence may be sent to Bob's family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, Bob's family asks that you consider making a contribution in his memory to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center, VT 05677.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013