HUBERT W. "HUB" VOGELMANN - JERICHO - Hubert W. "Hub" Vogelmann, 84, of Jericho, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a decline stemming from congestive heart failure. Hub was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Carl and Martha Vogelmann. At 17, he graduated early from high school and showed his adventurous spirit by sailing on a post-W.W.II Victory ship though the minefields in the Baltic Sea to deliver cattle to war-torn Poland, a program that is known today as the Heifer Project. Hub received a B.S. from Heidelberg College in 1950, then a M.S. (1951) and Ph.D. (1955) from the University of Michigan. He moved to Vermont in 1955 to begin his 36-year tenure as a professor at the University of Vermont, serving 16 years as Chair of the Botany Department. Always dedicated to the cause of education, Hub inspired scores of students and was delighted by the frequent remark, "I took your course!" His roles as educator and conservationist extended well beyond the university campus. He founded the Field Naturalist program, which is unique in its integration of science, fieldwork, critical thinking and public communications to produce leaders in environmental policy, land stewardship, research, conservation and education. His research led him on many adventures that included collecting medicinal plants in the upper Amazon Basin, conducting research on cloud rain forests in Mexico, and hitchhiking on planes in the Arctic to study tundra. Hub is well known for his research on Camels Hump that brought national attention to the issue of acid rain and contributed to air-quality legislation. In 2000, he was honored by the dedication of the Hub Vogelmann Research Natural Area at Camels Hump State Park. Hub also led conservation efforts to preserve Vermont's ridgelines and mountaintops, contributing to the creation of Vermont's Act 250, a landmark law that has preserved Vermont's scenic quality. Hub co-founded the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which has preserved over 183,000 acres of native habitats in Vermont, many of which where identified through his research in Vermont and the region. One of these areas was Shelburne Pond, which remained at the top of Hub's list of favorite natural areas with its diverse communities, wetlands and limestone cliffs. He served on numerous environmental boards, both state and national, including The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Governor's Advisory Board under Governor Howard Dean. Hub was inducted as a Fellow of Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences (1987), and he received numerous other awards such as: the prestigious Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1983); was named Vermonter of the Year by the Sunday Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus (1985); received an honorary degree from the University of Vermont (2006); a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont (2009); and the Vermont Natural Resources Council's Peter Zilliacus Award (2010) for environmental citizenship. Throughout his life, Hub loved to fish, garden, and farm, and he was a beekeeper for 73 years. He was a consummate observer of the natural world and, in his retirement years, he shared his life and observations of nature in essays that were published in his 2011 book, "On Schillhammer Road: the life of a botanist." Hub is survived by his brother, Stewart Vogelmann; sons, Tom and wife, Mary Neighbours, Jim and wife, Ann, and Andy; grandchildren, Scott Vogelmann, Connie Vogelmann, and Alice Hall and husband, Tom; and his dear companion, Mary Jane Dickerson. He lived with Marie Folk Vogelmann, his wife of 49 years, in a farmhouse on Schillhammer Road in Jericho, until her untimely passing in 1999. His family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and Respite House programs, especially Denise McLaughlin, for the care Hub received this past year. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus with a reception following in the Billings Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions honoring Hub and in support of the UVM Field Naturalist Program, which he founded in 1983, may be made to the Hub Vogelmann Fund, c/o The UVM Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 13, 2013.