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Crowell, Joan Lewisohn  
Joan Lewisohn Crowell Poet, Author, Composer, Activist Joan Lewisohn Crowell, poet, author, composer, and activist died on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her home in Quogue, NY surrounded by her children. She was 93. She was the wife of David G. Crowell, who predeceased her six years ago, and the former wife of SidneySimon, the artist who co-founded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while they were married. Joan Lewisohn was born in New York, the daughter of Sam A.Lewisohnand Margaret Seligman Lewisohn. Her parents marriage joined two members of New York's 'great Jewish families'; a photo of Mrs. Crowell and her sisters is on the cover of Stephen Birmingham's "Our Crowd". In the 1960's Mrs. Crowell, writing as Joan Simon, published two books. One was a novel:Portrait of a Father (Athenaeum, 1960.) The other, Fort Dix Stockade, was a fiction accounting of the mistreatment of Vietnam War activists. She also wrote an English language libretto for Gluck's Orpheus and numerous poems published in various journals. Several decades later she wrote both the music and librettos of operas including The Bell Witch of Tennessee and The Heights,whichwere performed in concert format. She also wrote a variety of other music, some of which was recorded. Her recent poems were published as Poems of Possibilities (Sheep Meadow Press, 2008) and Recent Poems (Lulu Press, 2012.) Mrs. Crowell helped found the Rockland Country Day School in Congress, NY in 1959 and continued later to support non-violent action. She raised funds for Thich Nat Han, the Vietnamese monk, and for Danielo Dolci, known as the "Gandhi of Sicily".She also aided arts organizations such as the theater, Cafe La Mama. Joan Lewisohn was a young woman of amusing contradictions. Though she told her parents she didn't want to go to college, she got her BA from Bennington, where she studied with Francis Fergusson and earned a master's degree in English from NYU, where she also taught in the 1940's. Having gone to New York's progressive Lincoln School, where children had a say in what they studied, Mrs. Crowell claimed to have gone no farther in math than fractions. Despite that she was the Business Manager of the Partisan Review in the 1940's and the treasurer of the author's union PEN in the 1970's. In later years she did all her composing on computers to the astonishment of her children.Those ironies continued throughout her life; despite often claiming that she was a "loner", Joan Crowell had 5 children, 16 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren who all adored her and on whom she doted. Her family mourns her passing: architect son, Mark Simon and his wife, Penny Bellamy in Branford, CT, artist daughter, Teru Simon in Bennington, VT, designer-manufacturer daughter, Rachel Simon and her husband, Philippe Labeauin Red Hook, NY, artist daughter, Nora Simon in Boston, MA, and nonprofit executive daughter, Juno Duenas and her husband, Robert in San Francisco, CA, along with their numerous progeny. SERVICES: A memorial gathering is being planned for family and friends in New York City in September. The family asks that any memorial gifts be given to Support for Families: ( ) or East End Hospice : ( ).
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Published in from June 5 to June 26, 2015
Harrington, Joseph  
Joseph H. Harrington III SERVICES Services will be held on July 11, 2015 for Joseph H. Harrington III, following interment at Dellwood Cemetery at 10:30am. Memorial Service at the First Congregational Church of Manchester 11am. Celebration of Life reception immediatley following at the VFW Harned Fowler Post 6471
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Published in from June 26 to July 17, 2015
Pope, Charlotte Thrall (Polly)  
Charlotte Thrall Pope (Polly) 1925 - 2015 MANCHESTER CENTER Charlotte Thrall Pope (Polly) died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Equinox Village, Manchester Center, VT. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's over five years ago, and suffered a stroke three years later. Polly was born October 10, 1925 in Auburn, NY, the daughter of Durward Stephen Thrall and Helen Goodelle Thrall. Due to her father's frequent promotions, Polly had attended five different schools by the time she met Philip Pope in seventh grade in Maplewood, NJ. Although they dated frequently during HS, love did not come until Christmas of 1943. Polly's Vassar education was completed in June 1946, since her class had accelerated to a three year program so the students could join the "war effort" Polly moved home to Weston, MA, where her family now lived. Her first job, with her new BA-Chemistry, was at Harvard Med, where she worked in the early stages of research on vitamin deficiencies. When Phil had completed two years in the USMC, learning how to fix field radios, they became engaged and then he left for a one year tour in occupied Japan. Polly and Phil married in June 1948. They lived in married student housing at Princeton until he graduated, also in Chemistry, in 1950. During these two years Polly worked on cancer research in the Biology Department at Princeton. Almost immediately after Phil's graduation, Polly became a full time mother, with five children arriving in the next 10 years. Then living in Ridgewood, NJ, Polly found time to organize the Methodist Church's "young married" club, volunteer at the YMCA, at Valley Hospital, and in the schools, with time left over to polish her tennis game. Her summers, with the children were spent at the family cottage on Lake St. Catherine near her father's Poultney boyhood home. When middle child Stephen entered college, Phil's company: Pope Chemical Corp. was doing well enough that they could build their own lake house. Her winter vacations were also mostly in Vermont. In 1947 Polly was introduced to skiing by Phil and the Princeton Outing Club at Bunnie's rope tow hill in Woodstock, VT. Some of her closest friends developed from that experience. The family skied together at every winter holiday, at Pico, and then Okemo after Phil retired and they moved to Vermont. Along with her other commitments, Polly learned a new job as bookkeeper when Phil started Pope Chemical in 1960. With the younger children still at home, her office was at home. When all the children started school, Polly moved her books to Paterson, where she stayed until Pope Chemical was sold. While Polly was working "almost fulltime", she still found time for her tennis games and book group. When Laura went off to college, Polly was able to accompany Phil on many business trips, mostly to California, but also to Europe, Canada and the Far East. After the business was sold, they travelled to Africa, the Mediterranean coastal countries, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Polly and Phil moved to Vermont in 1983, where they renovated an 1811 farmhouse on five acres in East Poultney. She was active in the Garden Club, the Historical Society, and helped start Round Table, a woman's discussion group. She also chaired Poultney's 4th of July Parade for many years. Perhaps one of her most rewarding responsibilities was remaining active with Vassar Alumnae. She was class reunion chair before becoming secretary then president of the Class of 1946. She also sat on the alumni board to select committee chairs. But her favorite activity was always having grandchildren visit at the Lake House or in Arizona where she and Phil spent mud season every year. Polly was predeceased by her parents and three younger sisters. In addition to Philip, her husband of 67 years, she leaves behind five children: Christi Pope, Lucinda Scanlan, Stephen and Bailey Pope, and Laura Pavlovich; 12 grandchildren: Nick, Mike and Emily Capaldo, Charlotte Capaldo Shea, Sarah and Rebecca Scanlan, Claire and Carly Pope and Liz, Hannah, Maggie and Lucy Pavlovich; and two great-granddaughters, Leila and Millie Capaldo. A Memorial Service honoring Polly will be held at First Congregational Church, Rt. 7-A, Manchester at 2pm Saturday, August 8, 2015, with a reception to follow at Equinox Village, 49 Maple St., Manchester Center. Polly's family has established a Memorial Fund in her honor to support the endowment of the First Congregational Church, Manchester, VT, Donations to the FCC Charlotte T. Pope Memorial Fund can be sent to the First Congregational Church, PO Box 588, Manchester, VT 05254
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Published in from June 19 to July 10, 2015
West, Frederick  
Frederick H. West MANCHESTER, VT. Frederick H. West died peacefully at his home in Manchester, on May 26, 2015. He lived a long and full life. He was born in Atlanta, Ga. and was brought up in New Orleans, where he attended local schools. He took his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Tulane University, went on to earn a Masters in Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and completed his Ph.D at Louisiana State University in Human Ecology. He had a lifelong passion for prehistory and history. He joined the Marine Corps in 1945 and served in North China through 1946. It was a pivotal experience for him, he was able to count and swear in Chinese well into to his latter years. He took his first academic posting at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1957. The far north was the focus of his professional research, first with the Kutchin people in the Brooks Range and then in prehistoric peoples in archaeological excavations, his main focus being sites in the Alaska Range foothills in the region of the Tangle Lakes, where he did some of the seminal work on the peopling of the New World. His research culminated in the publication of his master-work The Archeology of Beringia, an edited volume with 58 authors half of whom were in the collapsing Soviet Union. Besides the University of Alaska, he held posts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Alaska Methodist University, Anchorage, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., and he retired from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. as the Director of Archeology. Conservation and local history were some of Fred's lifelong interests. He was a founding member of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society. He was a member of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust. He served as a trustee of the Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. and of the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vt. He belonged to the Club of Odd Volumes in Boston. He, with his wife and neighbors, were instrumental in the successful effort to conserve the lower acreage of the Equinox Preserve along the Flatlanders trail. Fred leaves his wife of 45 years, Constance; and four children, Maggie Hadleigh-West of New Orleans, Dickson H. West and his wife, Grace, of St Joe, Ark., Nicholas West of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Sophie Brechu-West and her husband Antoine of Stowe, Vt. He leaves three grandchildren, Michael Brumley and his wife, Stephanie, Eleanor West, and Pierre-Felix Brechu; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter, and Max Brumley. He was predeceased by his sister, Elisabeth Borden; and his son, Frederick H. West, Jr. A memorial celebration will be held later in the summer. Memorial donations may be made to the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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Published in from June 5 to June 26, 2015
Yelton III, Everett  
Everett B. Yelton III Everett B Yelton III's stoic battle with cancer ended Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 at his home on Pleasant Lake, NH with his wife and golden retriever by his side, and with the gracious help and support of family, friends, Hospice Care, and VNA of New London, NH.Born to Everett Brown Yelton II and Madelyn Baetz Yelton in East Orange, NJ, Rhett grew up in Victoria, TX and West Chester, PA where he attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE. He studied at Union College in Schenectady, NY, earning a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in American History, graduating in 1969. Rhett led a life dedicated to education and the joys of building and competition. He was a devoted teacher and proud father. His teaching career brought him from Pennsylvania to Vermont to New Hampshire, establishing math and science curriculua along the way, challenging students to reach beyond expectation to their fullest potential. He was a competitor throughout his life, enjoying his undefeated wrestling title at Union College and the game and camaraderie of many years of refereeing soccer. He was a creator and builder, owning MY Builders construction company in Londonderry, VT for over 20 years. He built houses in Vermont, New Hampshire and US Virgin Islands as well as his own homes. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dianne Johnson Yelton; his son, Jerett P. Yelton, wife, Megan E. Yelton and granddaughter, Madelyn E. Yelton of Norwalk, CT; his daughter, Allison L. Yelton, husband, Brent J. Black and granddaughter, Leigh J. Black of Wallingford, VT; his older brother, David Yelton, wife, Lillian Waugh of Morgantown, WV; his younger siblings, Bruce Yelton of West Chester, PA; Madelyn Yelton of Elkton, MD; and Victoria Manlove, husband, Joe Manlove, of Wilmington, DE. No formal service will be held, the family will host a celebration of Rhett's life at a future date. Contributions in memory of Everett Yelton may be sent to: Cardigan Mountain School Scholarship Fund, Cardigan Mountain School, 62 Alumni Dr., Canaan, NH 03741 or Lake Sunapee Region VNA Hospice Program, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257. To sign an online guestbook please visit < >
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Published in from June 12 to July 3, 2015
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