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GEORGE TRIMBLE MURDOCH II MIDDLEBURY - George Trimble Murdoch II died quietly on May 22, 2011, with his wife and children by his side. Named after his grandfather, a mining engineer from Forest Hills, Calif. who later became treasurer of the Witherbee Sherman Company in Port Henry N.Y., he was born July 7, 1934 to Gladys Minchin Murdoch and Rea Allen Murdoch. His nickname, Wedge, as he was known by to most, was derived from "Wedgeacres," the family home in Weston, Conn. Wedge was a graduate of St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., and Yale University. He entered active duty in the US Army in 1958, was steeped in Russian and German at the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif. and enjoyed six years of active duty in Germany. Following release from active duty he returned to Middlebury and joined the family firm, Murdochs of Middlebury, Realtors. He served several years as an instructor with the USAR School in Winooski, eventually retiring as a Lt Colonel. Wedge cared deeply about his community, chairing the Middlebury Board of Adjustment and later serving on the Middlebury Planning Commission and, at the time of his death, the Design Advisory Committee. In 1970, he became involved in the founding of the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association serving 40 years in varying capacities. In 1989, he earned a degree in nursing from the University of Vermont and joined the Porter Hospital staff. In 1994 and to the present time he worked as an RN for Addison County Home Health & Hospice. In 1989, the town of Middlebury dedicated its Annual Report to him for his contributions to the community. In 2010 Middlebury College awarded him the McCardell Citizen's Medal for distinguished contributions to the community. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Cecilia Moller Murdoch and his four children: Jennifer, her husband William Huntington and their children Wills and Emma of Middlebury; Andrew, his wife Keely and their son Nicol of Cashmere, Wash.; Matthew, his wife Alexandra and their children Elizabeth, Liam and Margaret Rea of Washington DC; and Amy, her husband Jason Unger and their children Annora and Zachary of New Boston, N.H. Additionally, he is survived by several cousins. A service in celebration of his life is planned for Thursday, May 26, 2011, 2:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury. In his list of requests, Wedge stated "I desire that after the service a reception be held and that every effort be made to introduce a theme of present and past camaraderie to the event, rather than sorrow, and to this end I direct a plethora of hot and heavy hors d'oeuvres be offered". This will happen at the new MVAA station on Collins Drive immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, 55 Collins Drive, Middlebury Vt. 05753.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 24, 2011
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