Roll of Honor – Spring 2017

In Memoriam

Hollis E. Ricker, Jr.

Family Man
February 19, 1926 – November 16, 2016

Hollis “Bud” Ricker, Jr. served the university for 43 years under five Norwich presidents. He is shown here helping Joan Andrews Schumacher (daughter of Paul R. Andrews ’30) and her brother, Paul R. P. Andrews ’73, place the cornerstone of Andrews Hall at the building’s dedication in 1982. For his longtime service to Norwich, Bud was awarded the Board of Fellows Outstanding Service Medallion. (Photo by Homer Smith. Courtesy of the NU Archives.)

Hollis “Bud” Ricker, Jr. served the university for 43 years under five Norwich presidents. He is shown here helping Joan Andrews Schumacher (daughter of Paul R. Andrews ’30) and her brother, Paul R. P. Andrews ’73, place the cornerstone of Andrews Hall at the building’s dedication in 1982. For his longtime service to Norwich, Bud was awarded the Board of Fellows Outstanding Service Medallion. (Photo by Homer Smith. Courtesy of the NU Archives.)

FROM A YOUNG AGE, Hollis “Bud” Ricker knew the value of hard work. A schoolboy during the Great Depression, he hauled heavy bags of coal, delivered grain, and served as a crossing guard. As an adult, in addition to his full-time job at Norwich as a maintenance supervisor, he owned and operated the university laundromat, ran a Saturday rubbish route, and checked the Northfield water pumps every night. And for decades, every fall, he and his father, Hollis E. Ricker, Sr., would cut five or six boxcars of Christmas trees to be shipped to Boston.

In his “spare” time, Bud was an active citizen in his hometown of Northfield, Vt.: He served on the Town Select Board, was a member of the DeWitt-Clinton Lodge and the Northfield Snowmobilers, and supported the United Methodist Church, serving as a trustee. But beyond his hard work and civic interests, what mattered most to Bud was family—his wife, Patricia, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He taught them how to fish, made sugar on snow for them with sap he had collected and boiled himself, and helped build and renovate their homes on land owned by him and his dad. Yet he knew how to relax too. Summer evenings would find him tying flies and fishing on the Dog River.

“The last project I worked on with Bud was the renovation of Woodbury Hall. Norwich served as the general contractor, and Bud was our project manager. We hired a variety of subcontractors. Having dealt with subcontractors for so many years, Bud knew most of these people. But, in typical Bud fashion, he didn’t have just a cursory knowledge—he considered many of them friends. It was not just a professional relationship, but a personal one. Even so, if he wasn’t satisfied with work performed he never hesitated to ‘emphatically express his displeasure,’ no matter the relationship. (No one wanted to be taken to Bud’s woodshed.) But when the situation was corrected, Bud forgot his displeasure and returned, 100 percent, to the friendship.”
Dave Magida, Norwich Chief Operations Officer

“My fondest early memories of Gramp are times at the lake fishing, or having him ‘teach’ Marilyn and I to fish, when we were pre-teens. He was always pretty patient with us, but by the end of the trip, he would be grumbling at us because we got bored. He taught me to tie flies and make beer-battered trout. Later on in his life, he amazed me with his energy and activity. He would be at the Red Kettle early in the mornings when I came to work. He would go fishing, split wood, create gardens, mow lawns, and so many other things well into his 70s and 80s! More recently, I loved his adventures with his woodland friends. I loved that he gained the trust and friendship of his chipmunk friend, ‘Charlie,’ showing much delight in his daily visits to receive peanuts.”
Julie Ricker-Hagler

“I remember Gramp as always being strong, loving, and happy. Living right across the creek from them was such a blessing growing up. He and Gram would often be sitting on the front porch feeding the chipmunks or just watching the cars go by. It was so easy to join them and fall into the easy, peaceful company they provided.”
Melissa Ricker Erdner

“In the ’50s, when the heating plant burned down, Bud helped rebuild it, using his welding and plumbing skills. When Facilities couldn’t afford a spare part, he would scour the local junkyard, reclaiming used valves and fittings for projects. During his tenure he served as a mentor, putting many through the electrical and plumbing apprenticeship programs under his tutelage. One of his fondest memories was helping to spring prep General Harmon’s house on Lake Champlain, putting out the dock and fishing with the general.”
Hollis “Rick” Ricker III

“I remember him putting up an orange snow fence at the bottom of the hill for our safety so we wouldn’t shoot out into the road below.”
Granddaughter, Samantha Keeter



Roll of Honor

The following list reflects notifications of deceased Norwich family members received by the university from October 15, 2016, through January 14, 2017. Full obituaries, when available, can be viewed online at alumni.norwich.edu/Obituaries. To inform the university of the passing of a member of the Norwich family, please contact the Alumni Office at 802-485-2100, or inmemoriam@norwich.edu.

1942 (VC) R. Austin Wood, 93, Barre, Vt., 1/4/2017
1949 C. Dana Switzer, 90, of Centennial, Colo., 12/10/2016
1950 John “Jack” G. Raymond, 89, of East Hampton, Mass., 11/14/2016
1951 LTC John A. Albree, USA (Ret.), 88, of Tryon, N.C., 10/14/2016 – Husband of Phyllis Albree ’49
1951 COL Carl B. Lind, USA (Ret.), 87, of Olympia, Wash., 10/24/2016
1951 (VC) Holly M. Ward, 86, of Middlebury, Vt., 11/2/2016
1955 Raymond Donald Barry, 82, of Sequim, Wash., 7/6/2016
1959 LTC John A. Bond USA (Ret.), 80, of Medfield, Mass., 12/22/2016
1959 Donald F. Brigham, 79, of Scottsdale, Ariz., 10/10/2016
1960 Francis “Frank” J. Cammisa, 79, of Brewster, N.Y., 11/21/2016
1960 (VC) Mary Masaschi, 76, of Buzzards Bay, Mass., 1/8/2017 – Wife of Paul L. Masaschi ’60
1960 (VC) Kathleen K. Orr, 76, of Stamford, Conn., 11/30/2016
1962 (VC) Barbara G. Merliss, of Oradell, N.J., 10/12/2016
1962 (VC) Gloria H. Paquet, 75, of Hancock N.Y., 1/6/2017 – Wife of Rev. Robert J. Paquet ’64
1963 Robert S. McConchie, 75, of North Attleboro, Mass., 12/28/2016
1963 Kenneth Richardson, 86, of Burlington, N.C., 11/25/2016 – Father of Mark K. Richardson ’78
1964 Wayne S. Hill, 74, of Cheshire, Conn., 12/31/2016
1965 Dr. Roy D. Bair, 73, of East Montpelier, Vt., 1/11/2017 – Husband of Joanne Bair ’88 and longtime NU professor.
1968 John “Jack” W. Agansky, 69, of Clifton Park, N.Y., 10/23/2016
1968 Arthur Magnaghi Jr., 70, of Brattleboro, Vt., 11/8/2016
1969 George S. Orten, 68, of Tappahannock, Va., 12/9/2015
1971 Richard “Dick” L. Cole, 67, of Glenfield, N.Y., 11/18/2016
1972 Dennis M. Hurley, 65, of Arlington, Mass., 8/10/2014
1972 Brian T. Long, 65, of Hyannis, Mass., 10/28/2016 – Brother of Jeffrey Long ’66 and Uncle of William Long ’97
1975 Carlos Velez Jr., 60, of Kissimmee, Fla., 12/21/2012
1994 (VC) Matthew J. Echelberger, 55, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., 1/12/2017
1997 Joel T. Fox, 50, of Braintree, Mass., 10/13/2016
M2015 Joseph R. Abagis, 52, of Port Orange, Fla., 1/2/2017
Phillip H. Dyment, 70, of Ellicott City, Md., 9/28/2016 – Former Staff and Father of Colleen Brooks ’05 and Faith Dyment ’08
James R. Trihy, 79, of Denver, Colo., 10/11/2016 – Husband of Carol D. Trihy ’84
Doris K. Damon, 89, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., 6/30/2016 – Wife of Roger H. Damon Jr. ’51
Barry T. Chouinard, 65, of Northfield, Vt., 10/30/2016 – Former Partridge Society Member and Friend of the University
Josie Smith, 74, of Northfield, Vt., 10/30/2016 – Wife of LTC Edward “Ted” C. Smith Jr., USA (Ret.) ’58
Janet E. MacLeod, 73, of Colleyville, Texas, 11/22/2016 – Wife of COL Roger T. MacLeod, USA (Ret.) ’60
Stephanie Moskal, 67, of Littleton, N.H., 12/11/2016 – Wife of Alfred J. Moskal ’67
Gail D. Davies, of Fishkill, N.Y., 7/6/2013 – Wife of Edward K. Davies ’58
Gwen Aliferis, of Alexandria, Va., 1/12/2017 – Wife of Peter V. Aliferis ’68
Marion P. McDermott, 101, of San Antonio, Texas, 4/27/2016 – Widow of Brig Gen Robert F. McDermott USAF (Ret.)
Anne E. Schaller, 70, of Northfield, Vt., 10/26/2016 – Adjunct Faculty in Architecture and Art 1999–2007
Mary K. Freeman, 78, of Northfield, Vt., 11/25/2016 – Former Staff
Hollis “Bud” E. Ricker Jr., 90, of Northfield, Vt., 11/16/2016 – Former Staff
Robert T. Kreiling, 85, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 8/12/2015 – Friend of the University
Mary L. Kreiling, 89, of Plymouth, Mass., 11/23/2016 – Friend of the University and widow of Robert T. Kreiling

Comments are closed.