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Maurice E. Mix 1924 - 2011 BRATTLEBORO, VT Maurice E. Mix, 86, a longtime resident of Brattleboro and Langdon Place of Keene, N.H., died on June 16 following a short illness. Born in June 1924, son of Gordon and Frances Jenkinson Mix of Heuvelton, N.Y., he attended and graduated from Heuvelton High School and later from Cornell University, College of Agriculture. In 1952 he married the former Alice H. Halsey. Maurice and Alice Mix were happily married for 57 years. Affectionately referred to as "Mr. Holstein" both here and abroad, Mix spent his working career supporting and promoting the Holstein breed. He led two important departments during his 22 years at the Holstein Association. As Director of Classification Services, he fostered the growth and development of a program which became known as the best classification program of dairy cattle in the world. Later, as Director of International Affairs for the Association, he was responsible for the management of all international activities of the Association with emphasis on market development, public relations, animal health standards and finance. Mix traveled widely during his career with the Association including all 50 states and 64 countries. At home and wherever he traveled he was known for his integrity, fairness, knowledge and ability to communicate with people of different cultures. He was equally comfortable on the farm, at seminars before large audiences or at meetings with government officials. Giving service to the dairy industry and his community, Mix had served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Holstein Foundation; Moderator and member of several committees of the Centre Congregational Church, UCC, in Brattleboro; the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Brattleboro Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. He was also an avid gardener, bridge player and supporter of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Mr. Mix leaves three children: Deborah Mix of Falls Church, VA; Rev. Diane Mix of Spofford, NH, and David Mix and his wife Gina of Charlestown, NH.; a brother, Lewellyn S. Mix of Virginia Beach, VA, a sister, Eloise Mix Unbekant of Bristol, RI; two grandsons, Christopher Mix and his wife Carolyn of Walpole, NH and Dylan Mix of Charlestown, NH. Predeceased is his beloved wife, Alice. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at the Center Congregational Church, UCC in Brattleboro. There will be no calling hours. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Centre Congregational Building Fund, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to the Holstein Foundation, PO Box 816, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Arrangements are in care of KER WESTERLUND & FLEMING FUNERAL HOME,57 High Street, Brattleboro,VT, 05301.


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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jun. 22, 2011.
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June 25, 2011
Dear Debby, Diane and David,
You father was leading the times in ways other than in the dairy world. He was walking for health long before it became cool in the 80's. He was so cheery in the mornings before the invention of coffee. He taught me to use the greeting "Hey" instead of "Hi". His walking five miles on Sunday mornings to the country store to get Cruller's donuts for the whole extended family exemplified the value of working to get what you want, even if its one of life's little pleasures. That's my Uncle Maurice.
Andrew Steiner
June 24, 2011
Dear Debbie, Diane and David,

In the late '60s, as a member of the Holstein Board of Directors, I met and worked with your father when he first came to Holstein as Director of Classification Services, especially entrusted with guiding the refinement and implementation of the then revolutionary world's first Descriptive Classification Program. Maurice provided the perfect combination of common sense, innovation, integrity and people skills in working with a series of forward looking Holstein boards, dedicated classifiers, loyal employees and enthusiastic membership.

Later, as Vice President and President, I had the opportunity to work with your father as he assumed the leadership of Holstein's International efforts. Again, Maurice was the right man at the right time, sharing his rare combination of enthusiasm, substance and human sensitivity throughout the world on behalf of the thousands of Holstein members.

Your mother's lifetime support and behind the scenes contributions were a key component in making it possible for Maurice to devote so much of his energy and effort in positively impacting the lives of others. Alice's involvement in developing the first Holstein Women's Cookbook and in helping found the National Holstein Women's Scholarship effort has similarly touched the lives of many Holstein families.

Your father and mother were truly remarkable people who contributed greatly in making "Holstein" of that era one of the dairy industry's greatest success stories.

Shirley and I were blessed and honored by having had the opportunity of knowing and working with them.

Maurice and Shirley Keene
June 22, 2011
Mr. Mix was a great guy and very devoted to his wife, Alice. His love for her was ever present as was his love and pride for his children.
Lori Dwyer
June 22, 2011
May your memories sustain you as you go through this difficult time. He was a wonderful man that I had the honor and priviledge of knowing through Centre Church. He will be missed by all.

Emmy & Butch Thomas
Evergreen, CO
June 22, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Raymond Sorrentino
June 22, 2011
Dear Debby, Diane, and David,
We were saddened to hear about your Dad. He was a great guy and we were privileged to know him. We so enjoyed our good times over the years with him and your mom and the "Investment Club".
He will be missed - but his memory will endure.
Our love to you all.
Bob and Carole Fredericks
June 22, 2011
Working at the Holstein Association with
Mr. Mix was a rewarding experience. I learned so much from him. When we went to the Dairy Association to attend the yearly meeting his knowledge was vast, amazing and welcomed. I will always remember the words of wisdom he shared with we me.
My thoughts and prayer's are with the
family.

Both Mr. & Mrs. Mix I will always remember with the fondest memories.
Rosemary Keller
Rosemary Keller
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