Lewis Martin Winner(1914 - 2003)

Lewis Martin Winner, of Philadelphia, PA, died on Tuesday (June 3, 2003) at the Roxbury Retirement Community, where he had lived with his wife Jessica Hartman Winner for three years. He was 89.

He was born on May 20, 1914 in Harris, PA. He graduated from St. Michaels School in Concord, NH in 1932 and from Princeton University in 1936. He joined the faculty of South Middlebury School in South Middlebury, CT in 1941, where he taught Latin and English and coached crew. During a leave of absence, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corps as an officer with the 234th Bomb Group from 1942-45 and completed a master's degree in English literature from Harvard University in 1946. He was elected headmaster of South Middlebury in 1955 and was a respected and beloved administrator until his retirement in 1969.

Upon leaving South Middlebury, he and his wife Jessica moved to their 90-acre tree farm in Bastion, VT which had been their summer home since 1952. There he pursued a life-long interest in the conservation and protection of natural resources. In addition to managing his own woodlands, he served on the town planning and zoning board and as the town administrator. He was a founding member of the Vermont Land Trust, where he served on the Board of Directors, and he designated his own acreage as a Vermont Land Trust property. He was a vestry member and lay reader at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Woodbury, VT. His two elder brothers, Jim Winner and Michael Lloyd Winner, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jessica Harman Winner, and three daughters, Sally Winner and her husband Jeff Parron, Mary Starin Winner, and Elizabeth Winner; and three grandchildren, Samuel Parron, Max Parron, Julia Winner-Masterson. A memorial service will be held on July 26 at 11 a.m. at Saint Michaels Episcopal Church in Woodsbury, VT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Student Conservation Association, 689 River Road, P.O. Box 550, Charleston NH 03603 or to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.

Published online on June 10, 2003