Edward Walter Pepyne, Sr., of Derby Vt., and Ashfield Mass., passed away in Derby, Vt., Oct. 4, 2013. He was 87.
Born Dec. 27, 1925 in Springfield, Mass., he was the only child of Walter Henry and Francis A (Carroll) Pepyne.
Lawyer, psychologist, and educator, Ed received his BA from American International College in Springfield Mass (1948); MS from the University of Mass. (1951); professional diplomas from New York Univ. (1955) and the Univ. of Conn. (1964); Ed.D. from the University of Mass. (1968) and J.D. from the Western New England College (1978).
As an educator, Dr. Pepyne was a public school teacher
in Hardwick and West Springfield, Mass (1948-1953); an instructor in the School of Education at New York Univ. (1952-1954); Superintendent of Schools on Block Island, R.I. (1954-1956); Assistant Professor of Education at Michigan State Univ. (1956-1958); and Director of Pupil Services in East Longmeadow, Mass (1958-1962) and Chicopee, Mass (1965-1967). In 1968, Dr. Pepyne began teaching in the College of Education at the Univ. of Hartford where he retired as Professor and Division Director in 1985.
A licensed psychologist, Dr. Pepyne served as Psychological Examiner for the Norwalk (Conn.) Board of Education (1964-1965) and Hearing Officer for the Connecticut State Board of Education adjudicating issues related to the education of children with disabilities (1980-1999).
A member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit, U.S. District Court - Mass. District; U.S. Tax Court, and Vermont Bar, Atty. Pepyne operated a general practice law office from his homes in Ashfield, Mass. (1980-1999) and Derby, Vt. (2004-2005).
An early proponent of high-school driver education, Dr. Pepyne was co-author of Better Driving (1958); associate editor of Highway Safety and Driver Education (1954); chairman of the editorial committee for Man and the Motor Car (5th ed.) (1954); and made driver training films as an Educational Program Consultant for Aetna Life & Casualty Co., Hartford Conn. (1962-1974).
Ed was active in numerous professional, governmental and civic organizations including the Massachusetts, Vermont and Franklin County (Mass.) Bar Associations; the Connecticut Consortium on Law Related Education; the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association; the American Psychological Association and the New England Educational Research Organization. He served as chairman of the Planning Board (1979-1983) and Town Moderator (1980-1981) for the town of Ashfield, Mass.; Town Counsel, Charlemont., Mass (1983-1984); member of the judiciary nominating council, Western Regional Committee (1993-1999); member of the Mohawk Trail Regional (Mass.) School Committee (1999-2000).
Ed was a member of the Mt. Tom and Franklin County Amateur Radio Associations, the Program Chairman of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (2006-2007), and a longtime member of the Elks, Kiwanis (serving as Div. 12, Lt. Gov., 1991-1992), Masons, Shriners, and Phi Delta Kappa.
Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol of Derby, Vt.; nine children, Deborah Daniels; Edward Jr.; Susan Bressette; Byron; Shari Phillips; Randy Parker; David; Allison Millett; Jennifer Code, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His story telling and sense of humor will be missed.
Private services will be held.