T. ALAN BROUGHTON - SHELBURNE - T. Alan Broughton died peacefully in the very early morning, May 17, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House, in the company of his family. Alan was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., June 9, 1936, the son of T. Robert S. Broughton and Annie Leigh Camm Hobson Broughton. He was educated at Exeter, Harvard, Julliard, Swarthmore and received his MA in English Literature from the University of Washington. He taught literature and writing at the University of Washington, Sweet Briar College, and came to the University of Vermont in 1966 to teach writing of poetry and fiction, and where he founded the University of Vermont's Writers Workshop. First and foremost, Alan was a writer. He published four novels, two collections of short stories, nine books of poetry and, "The Skin and All," a collaboration with artist Bill Davison. His work has appeared widely in journals, reviews, literary magazines and anthologies. In addition to his publications, Alan received a number of awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim, an NEH Fellowship, and was elected a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. He also traveled as a cultural representative in southeast Asia, Egypt and Italy under the auspices of the State Department's USIA. Survivors include his wife, Laurel Broughton; daughter, Shannon Leigh Broughton-Smith and her husband, Steven Smith, their children, Anne Camm, Alan Russell, Amiri Christine, and Angel Shannon Ellen Smith; sons, John Camm Broughton and wife, Stacy, and their daughter, Lila; and Travers Nathaniel Broughton. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Tenney and her sons, Asa Robert, Charles, and William and his wife, Olga, and their son, Reid. His former wife, Lenore Follansbee Broughton, also survives him. A celebration of Alan's life will be held at Trinity Church, Shelburne, Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Vermont Respite House; or Kids on the Ball, c/o the King Street Youth Center.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 19, 2013.