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SANBORN PARTRIDGE - SHELBURNE - Sanborn Partridge passed away peacefully, in Wake Robin Retirement Community of Shelburne, on Jan. 13, 2013. He was born on April 30, 1915, in Proctor to Frank C. Partridge and Sarah Sanborn Partridge. He graduated from Westminster School, Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1936, and in 1939 he earned one of few combined degrees ever granted by Yale Law School and Harvard Business School. During the next three years he practiced law in Rutland, was Town Grand Juror and got his private pilot license. From 1942 through 1945 he was in the Army Air Corps and the Army Air Force, becoming a first lieutenant in the intelligence section. He did graduate work in geology at Yale from 1946 to 1950 and then taught geology first at the University of Kansas and then at Amherst College, and did extensive field work in Utah. He then returned to Vermont and became an expert in oriental rugs and old coins, especially Vermont coins, and was able to give a set of these to the Fleming Museum and another set to the American Numismatic Society. From 1961 to 1970 he served in the Vermont General Assembly and 1970 to 1981 in the Senate. He was a part of the "Young Turks", a group of Republicans and Democrats who worked together on many projects for the good of Vermont, including the highway sign bill and reapportionment. He was a member of the executive board of the University of Vermont, serving as Chairman for one year. He also served on the boards for the Proctor, Rutland and Vermont Historical Societies, several library boards, the Rutland Hospital, the Red Cross and the Union Church of Proctor. He led over 25 canoe trips with the youth groups of the Union Church and later even two trips from Wake Robin. He was active with the Boy Scouts, serving as a scoutmaster, as President of the Green Mountain Council, on the Region One executive Board, and the International Committee of the BSA's National Board. He attended many international jamborees and was awarded the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope and the Order of the Arrow. Sanborn Partridge spent his last years happily at Wake Robin, with his siblings. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Coulter and brother, Charles, and is survived by his sister, Ruth; brother, David and sister-in-law, Dee; eight nieces and nephews; 15 grandnieces and nephews; and five great-grandnieces and nephews. His family cherishes their memories of his love of camping and the out-of-doors and of his devotion to Vermont and its history. His family is grateful for the presence of Wake Robin and especially to the staff at Linden for the great care and support he received in his last five. There will be a Circle of Remembrance at Wake Robin on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Green Mountain Boy Scout Council or the Vermont Historical Society.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 15, 2013
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