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UVM Trailblazer Honors Husband's Memory
Last summer The University of Vermont lost one of its most beloved professors. Now his wife is honoring his legacy with the new Dr. Robert W. Detenbeck Physics Student Support Fund. More

Feeling the Connection
When Dr. William A. Meezan gave a keynote address at UVM's LGBTQA Center's Rainbow Graduation ceremony, he witnessed firsthand how much things have changed since he graduated in 1967. To see that change "was a highlight of my life," William says. More

Her Story
When Paula Oppenheim Cope '75,G'83 took to the podium to accept the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award, she took the opportunity to share what she said was "my story." More

Passionate About the Past
"I am a person who loves books," says Joy Fagan '66. And not just any books. Her special passion is and always has been for those rare books, documents, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials of historical significance to researchers and anyone drawn to the idea of the past and what it can teach us today. More

Life Itself
John Dewey, UVM Class of 1879, famously averred, "Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself." He would have been pleased to see how his dictum has been put into practice by John and Helen Newton '63 of Swanton, Vermont, for whom learning has been a lifelong passion. More

Preserving a Treasure
"This was one of Harold's favorite spots. He loved to come down here," says Anne Brown of her late husband, UVM Class of 1952, known to generations of Vermonters as a true country veterinarian. "Here" is the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, which Anne has chosen as the beneficiary of the charitable gift annuities she has established in the family name. More

Honoring the Land-Grant Tradition
John and Donna Kunkel met and married in Minnesota in 1975 not knowing that a little place called Vermont would play a major role in their lives. "We had to go look on the map to see where it was," recalls Donna, an artist whose veterinarian husband was looking at a new career opportunity in the Green Mountain State.
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Of Learning and Life
Paul S. Anderson '59 and his wife Jane were on campus last spring for Paul's talk on "Life Long Learning in the Pharmaceutical Industry," delivered as part of the Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series. Now retired from a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry, Paul has a long list of major accomplishments to his credit. More

A Fund for the Future
Graduate Assistance for Environmental Best Practices

Thomas J. Votta '89 was dedicated to the environment. It was during his high school years that Tom's intellectual curiosity led him to develop his passion for environmental issues. He chose to attend the University of Vermont because he believed UVM was the best school available to him for furthering his interests in the environmental field. More

Not for Self
Dr. Robert and Shirley Johnson arrived in Vermont in 1971 when Robert accepted an appointment as assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery in the College of Medicine. Thirty-nine years later, as professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery, he still teaches, treats patients, and carries out research in the McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center at UVM. More

Of Warm Hands And Giving Twice
Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder have been generous donors to UVM over many years, including a major estate gift during UVM's last comprehensive campaign. "I think it was remarkable that we reached that goal, and that we had such good participation across the board from alumni, parents, faculty, trustees, staff and even students," says Wolfgang of the campaign. More

Too Many Interests, Too Little Time
Sarah L. Dopp '68 says since childhood, UVM has always been "the center of my cultural universe." Both of her parents worked for the University for many years. Her mother, Katharine Eckley Dopp, graduated from UVM in 1928, and her father was a Burlington native who went to Burlington Business College (now Champlain College) and took classes at UVM. More

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