Eugene A. Rougier
VERGENNES — Eugene A. Rougier, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. He was born May 21, 1965, in Burlington, the son of Clarence Clifton and Janice (Flanders) Ryan.
Eugene is survived by his mother, Janice Ryan of Brandon; four sisters, Sandra Appelgate of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., Nancy Stearns of Brandon, Joanne Zeno of Vergennes, and Rose Zeno of Monkton; three brothers, Michael Rougier of Rockingham, Mark Rougier of Monkton, and Gregory Rougier of Shoreham; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Monkton Boro Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.
Peveril F. Peake
BRISTOL — Peveril F. Peake, 79, died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in Rutland after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, the son of Royal Whitman Peake and Kate Gardener Field.
He graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and attended Manulis Military Academy. He worked for many years at G.E. Lakeside in Burlington as a quality control expert.
He was a life-long Bristol resident and well known in all the antique-classic car clubs and events. By his account he had owned over 1,200 cars of antique vintage during his lifetime. He was a founding member of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) and many other car clubs worldwide. He was often called on to inspect the “original condition” of an antique vehicle.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Bristol Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Northern New England Division, 64 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401.
ADDISON — Ellen Noonan, daughter of Lois C. Noonan, long-time librarian at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, and the late Frederick Noonan of Addison, died of emphysema, aged 64, at her home in London, England, on October 23, 2007. She was a pioneer in the field of psychodynamic student counselling, creating a whole department at the University of London, and she brought psychoanalytic theory into the workplace by working with international companies in their recruitment practices to ensure the mutual happiness of both employer and employee. Dry, spare, industrious, funny, she influenced countless numbers, professionally by putting student counselling on the map, and, personally, by her unparalleled capacity to listen and shed light on the problems people brought her.
Born in Middlebury, Vermont, in 1943, Ellen attended Vergennes Union High School, Northfield School for Girls, in Northfield, Mass., and Smith College. She moved to London in 1965 and realized instantly that she would never live anywhere else, though at heart she always remained a Vermonter. She earned a second B.A. at the University of London and was privileged to join the Tavistock Clinic in its heyday when John Bowlby and Donald Winnicott were there, and when David Malan was developing his theory of Brief Therapy. Following the international furor created by R. D. Laing, the “Tavi” was a center for new ideas in mental health and ways of delivering services usefully.
The Tavistock was the great intellectual adventure for Ellen. Everything that followed was the practical implementation of ideas she developed there. She served as the student counsellor at City University and in one visionary step she persuaded the Extramural Department at Birkbeck College at the University of London to create a new degree with an entirely different approach to teaching personal and professional counselling. With Dr. Gerald Wooster and Jean Thomson she devised a course whose pioneering format — involving theory and experiential groups — has been the model for such courses internationally ever since.
Ellen wrote and published widely. Her chief book, “Counselling Young People,” (1983) remains a standard text. Her work, on subjects as diverse as “The Ends of Education,” “The Art of Mutual Grumbling” and “Why do People call their Dog That?” are great examples of her thinking at its best, as well as most whimsical.
A founder of the journal Pyschodynamic Practice, Ellen’s drive was to apply psychodynamic thinking to the everyday. Since work occupies nearly half of one’s waking hours, she channeled psychodynamic thinking into the workplace, counselling not only individuals, but public and private sector organizations as well. With Victor Hood she established a formidable international reputation by creating the Bridge Partnership, which specifically helps organizations, such as Unilever and Arthur Andersen, to use psychoanalytic methods to identify future leadership potential and improve employee satisfaction.
A voracious reader, she volunteered as a docent at Dr. Samuel Johnson’s House. She relaxed with the harpsichord and needlepoint. She was an inveterate traveler, visiting 40 countries in the last 25 years with her mother and brother. Ellen was a cat lover, par excellence. Her home in North London contained an impressive collection of cat images and she seriously contemplated establishing a cat museum. Instead, to the bemusement of friends, she bought Lora Verner Designs, a company specializing in Edwardian cat greeting cards.
Vermont and her early years on the Addison farm deeply informed Ellen’s life and work. She saw animals as having a direct and uncomplicated connection to life and felt that people could ground their own lives by drawing on the fundamental qualities of animals and the landscape they lived in. She wrote often on the importance of pets and was a standard interview source on the topic for such magazines as the National Geographic.
Ellen refused to be slowed by the emphysema that dogged her last few years. In January this year she traveled with her family in arduous South India and she continued to live each day to the full, pushing herself, with oxygen tanks, to attend a university forum on the day before she slipped peacefully away in her sleep. Ellen was most passionate about the joy of hard work and influenced generations of students because of her particular affinity with young people. Her role as a wise friend extended to her professional life and she viewed herself as in the business of making people happy. An old saying claims that the greatest wisdom is kindness, and Ellen had that deeply engrained.
Ellen refused to be slowed by the emphysema that dogged her last few years, even traveling with her family to South India this year. The shock at her death comes as much from the fact that friends and colleagues cannot envisage their lives without her, as from the fact that Ellen continued to live each day to the full, pushing herself, with oxygen tanks, to attend a university forum on the day before her death.
She is survived by her mother, Lois of Addison; her brother, Frederick William of New York City; three aunts, Mary Noonan of Brookeville, Md., Nancy Noonan of York, Penn., and Anita Ray of Baldwinville, Mass.; plus several cherished cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Vergennes. The family will receive friends at their home at 2956 Route 22A in Addison after the service.
Donations in her memory may be sent to the Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St., Vergennes, VT 05491.
Lucien Joseph Laframboise
BRIDPORT — Lucien Joseph Laframboise, 81, died at his home in Bridport on Nov. 13, 2007. He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Bridport, the son of Wilfred Laframboise and Marie Faubert Laframboise.
After attending Crane School, he purchased the family dairy farm, which he operated until 1968. He then began working for the highway department in the town of Bridport until he retired in 1988 after 20 years of service.
He was involved with the Civil Defense program, and was instrumental in aiding farmers pump water out of Lake Champlain during the 1965 drought. He was also a member of the Bridport Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years, and served as assistant fire chief for 20 years.
According to family, he was always an inventor; whether it was a unique piece of furniture, wooden lawn ornaments or fun gag gifts, he was always at work with a smirk on his face. He also loved camping and snowmobiling with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 20 years; six children and three step-children, Pete and his wife Bonnie, Ernest and his wife Sally, Jerry and his wife Theresa, George and his wife Deborah, Joanne Domme and her husband Bill, Phil and his wife Cheri, Lana Gingras and her husband John, Chris Lewis and his wife Shelley, and Danny Lewis and his companion Heather.
In addition, he is survived by four sisters, Aline Lafountain, Cecile Gevry, Marcelle Bolduc and Noella Dubois, as well as 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Cyr Laframboise; his brother, Guy Laframboise; and two sisters, Pauline Shakett and Claire Hallock.
Calling hours will be held at the Sanderson Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Bernadette’s Church in Bridport, with the Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Bridport Central Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or the Bridport Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 125, Bridport, VT 05734.
John A. Hawkins
FERRISBURGH — John A. Hawkins, 72, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born April 28, 1935, in Burlington, the son of Stanley and Ruth Parmenter Hawkins.
He was a member of Vergennes Grange 406 for fifty years, and a Boy Scout leader for many years.
He is survived by his sister, Helen Cobb of Ferrisburgh, and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his twin brother, James Hawkins, in 1996; and a nephew, George Cobb, in 2003.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, Nov. 12, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment was in Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.
MIDDLEBURY — Joseph Hahn, 90, of Middlebury died after a short illness on Oct. 31, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, and was interred on Nov. 6 in the Old Middlebury Cemetery on South Main Street. An artist and poet, his was one of the last voices of the German-speaking Jewish community in what is now the Czech Republic.
He was born on July 20, 1917, in the small town of Bergreichenstein, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where both his father, Siegfried Hahn, and his mother, Frieda Überall Hahn, were teachers. He studied art and literature at the universities of Prague and Brno and later at Oxford.
On the eve of war in 1939 he eluded the Nazi invasion, finding refuge in England; his parents, handicapped by age and illness, stayed behind and later died in concentration camps. As a refugee in England, he initially worked as a farmhand and then in a factory producing parts for the Royal Air Force.
A scholarship later enabled him to resume art studies, which he completed at the Slade School of Art at Oxford. He came to the United States in 1945, joining his fiancée, Olga, in New York, where they married and where he cared for her until her death in 1978. Nine years later he married Henriette Lerner, also an artist, and worked in New York as a photo retoucher until moving to Middlebury in 1989, inspired by the rural beauty of Vermont.
Once asked where he felt at home, Joseph Hahn said, “I am a citizen of the world ... The earth, nature is one’s home.” Feeling himself both in exile and yet welcomed in Vermont, he continued to create in several media, often depicting the sufferings of our time. His pen, brush and ink drawings illustrate the cruelty of war and the threat of atomic annihilation, but also represent his view that art is a form of resistance against evil and death. His work is represented in private collections and museums, including the renowned Albertina in Vienna, which acquired 45 drawings in the cycle of “The Agony of the Atom Age.” His art has been exhibited at the University of Vermont, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Artists’ Gallery in New York, and in Germany. To the end of his life he thought and wrote in German, and published several volumes of poetry, including Eklipse und Strahl “Eclipse and Light” in 1997 and Die Doppelgebärde der Welt “The Double Gesture of the World” in 2004.
Middlebury residents will recall him as a gentle soul who drove an old, carefully maintained car for years but was happiest walking in nature and about town, where he particularly appreciated the farmers’ market. Absorbed by his work, he also enjoyed conversation, especially in the literary German that remained his cultural home. He and his wife Henriette, who survives him, shared a love and passionate concern for animals; they were generous donors to many nonprofit organizations.
Mildred Sidney Brush
BRANDON — Mildred Sidney Brush, 89, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Springfield on Feb. 16, 1918, the daughter of Russian immigrants, Boris and Victoria Jacobovitz, who came to this country in 1917.
Her mother died on Oct. 8, 1918, and her father on Oct. 9, 1918, both from the Spanish influenza epidemic. On Sept. 8, 1920, she was adopted by Josiah and Flora Folsom of Arlington, Va. She graduated from Northfield Seminary and attended North Hampton Business College in Mass.
She had several occupations, beginning with the lend lease program at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She retired from Simmonds Precision/Hercules in Vergennes. Music was an important part of her life, particularly her pianist performance at Constitution Hall.
According to family, her other interests and hobbies included horseback riding, photography, drawing and painting, growing roses, gardening, swimming and writing short stories. She took great pride in her home and family.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Bakken of Bremerton, Wash., and Karien Wisell and her husband Peter of Bristol; a son, Gerald Brush of Pittsford; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon, will be the celebrant. Following the mass the family will receive friends in the church hall.
Burial will be private in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorial gifts may be made to Rutland Regional Medical Center’s ICU or E.R. units, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701, or to The Memorial Fund at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 11 School St, Bristol, VT 05443.