Roll of Honor – Spring 2018

“Mrs. Sabol was a very classy woman, beautiful on the outside and, more importantly, beautiful on the inside.” – Rob Shannon ’66

In Memoriam

Ruth could be found at almost every home football and hockey game during her Northfield years, says son Scott Sabol, a professor at Vermont Technical College. “When Sabine Field was remodeled, there was joking about the need to make sure ‘her’ seat was well positioned.”

Ruth Sabol
A Very Classy Woman
June 11, 1937 – November 14, 2017

WHEN THE WIDOW of celebrated Norwich athletic director Joe Sabol took her place as an honorary inductee to the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, the printed program reminded us that it was a celebrity who first pointed the Sabols to Norwich.

Legendary Penn State football coach, Charles A. “Rip” Engle, was a good friend of Joe’s. “So, when Rip found out that Bob Priestley, Norwich’s former head coach, left, he called Joe and said he should get into coaching,” Mrs. Sabol reflected at the time. “We came on up and fell in love with it.”

A 1955 graduate of Coal Township High School in Shamokin, Pa., Ruth Reed attended Philadelphia’s Northeast Institute of Business, graduated in 1957, and began her career as an executive secretary at Rohm & Haas Company in the City of Brotherly Love. She married Joseph Sabol in 1959.

The couple moved to Northfield in 1963, and while her husband established himself as one of Norwich’s most well-respected and beloved coaches, Ruth got down to business, literally, as business manager for the Washington South Supervisory Union in Northfield. Socially, she would emerge as a shining star, wowing spectators on the ski slopes and dazzling the community with her smile and class.

Theirs was a time, culturally at Norwich University, when men dominated the faculty and their wives set the social stage. In 1964, the Guidon tells of a skiwear fashion show hosted in Dole Auditorium by the Faculty Wives Club, naming as models, “Mrs. Joseph Sabol, Mrs. Melvyn Remus, and Mrs. Kenneth Scouton.” In Ruth’s guestbook, Paul Jellison ’77 spoke to her sons, Steve and Scott Sabol, when he wrote, “I remember your mom at the ski slope and the fun we had in the winter. Your mom was a great coach’s wife.”

A youthful Ruth Sabol on the slopes, pictured (left) with her son, Steve, and granddaughter, Victoria.

The Sabols returned to Pennsylvania in 1975, during which time Joe coached football for Gettysburg College and Ruth earned a certification in municipal accounting. They returned to Norwich in 1978, Joe now as athletic director, a position he held until his 1992 retirement. Ruth retired a year ahead of her husband, in 1991, from Orange Southwest Supervisory Union in Randolph, Vt.

Along the way, she committed herself to volunteerism, serving on numerous boards: the Vermont Association of School Business Officials, for which she served as president, the Norwich University Credit Union, the Norwich Athletic Association, the Norwich University Hall of Fame, and many others. And, in the years following her husband’s 1998 death, she remained a dedicated servant to Norwich.

Ruth enjoyed life’s pleasures—downhill and cross-country skiing, watercolors, crossword puzzles, bridge and golf, and spending time at the family cottage at Five Islands, Maine. She certainly did live life to the fullest. As Paul Winberg ’75 reflects, “We all must leave this world after such a short time, and we can only hope to leave it a better place because of our presence. Ruth has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for many years to come. Just like Joe, she has touched us in a loving and kind way.” – Jacque E. Day

Roll of Honor

The following list reflects notifications of deceased Norwich family members received by the university from October 24, 2017, through January 18, 2018. Full obituaries, when available, can be viewed online at To inform the university of the passing of a member of the Norwich family, please contact the Alumni Office at 802-485-2100, or


1945 John P. Bonney, 93, of Northfield, Vt., 11/3/2017 – Father of John F. Bonney ’73

1949 Robert D. Lohman, 93, of Lawrenceville, N.J., 10/23/2017

1954 John L. Costello, 85, of S. Duxbury, Vt., 12/17/2017 – Father of Tracy J. Costello ’80 and Michael J. Costello ’83

1954 (VC) Mary H. Prouty, 82, of Merrimack, N.H., 11/10/2017 – Wife of Gene Prouty ’56, mother of John Prouty ’82, Bonnie (Prouty) Cote ’78, Amy (Prouty) Gill ’81; mother-in-law to Christopher Gill ’81, and grandmother to Christopher Gill ’08

1955 Harry T. Hale, 84, of Bridgeport, N.Y., 12/16/2017

1955 John W. Walter, 83 of Manhasset, N.Y., 1/5/2017

1956 Robert A. Dalzell, 83, of Farmington, Conn., 12/26/2017 – Father of Mark A. Dalzell ’82

1956 Durwood French, 84, of Chattanooga, Tenn., 10/25/2017 – Father of John W. French ’78

1958 George H. Bonney, 82, of Yorktown, Va., 1/5/2018

1959 COL William E. Kellenberger, USA (Ret.), 80, of Pensacola, Fla., 12/4/2017

1960 Richard B. Cochrane, 78, of Havelock, N.C., 11/21/2017

1960 William J. Cole, 79, of Lakeland, Fla., 12/18/2017

1962 (VC) Patricia E. Morris, 75, of Schoharie, N.Y., 12/16/2017

1963 (VC) Linda K. Hillard, 74, of Columbus, Ohio, 10/30/2017

1963 Charles S. Jenkins Jr., 77, of Millersville, Md., 11/13/2017

1964 (VC) Maxine Paine-Fowler, 73, of Northwood, N.H., 12/8/2017

1966 James T. Doyle, 76, of East Greenwich, R.I., 10/20/2017

1967 (VC) Carol A. Rogers, 70, of Wethersfield, Conn., 10/26/2017

1971 Antonio “Tony” J. Demasi Jr., 68, of Morrisville, Vt., 11/5/2017

1973 Jared S. Finnegan, 66, of Chelmsford, Mass., 11/7/2017

1979 LTC David B. Findlay, USA (Ret.), 61, of Rochester, N.Y., 10/22/2017

1980 Michael E. Phayre, 59, of Greenville, R.I., 11/1/2017

1980 Mark A. Raymond, 59, of Colorado Spring, Colo., 8/4/2017 – Husband of Kim B. Raymond ’78

1981 Susan L. Mascola, 60, of Randolph, Vt., 12/23/2017 – Wife of Gerard D. Mascola ’81

1982 Michael H. Pierce, 56, of Traverse City, Mich., 10/19/2017

1983 (VC) Timothy D. Comolli, 74, of Williston, Vt., 12/7/2017

1985 (VC) Yaedi Ignatow, 61, of Tucson, Ariz., 11/9/2017

1989 Maj Michael J. Gorman, USMC (Ret.), 50, of Jacksonville, N.C., 11/22/2017

1992 (VC) Nevia E. Campi, 94, of Barre, Vt., 12/23/2017

1992 Michael T. Fink, 48, of Ontario, Canada, 10/19/2017

M’15 Tina L. Hartman, 48, of College Springs, Iowa, 12/31/2017

Faculty, Staff & Friends

Barbara R. Hayes, 85, of Rutland, Mass., 12/20/2017 – Wife of Edward S. Hayes ’53

Charles E. Haynes, 73, of East Montpelier, Vt., 12/7/2017 – Friend of the University

Edith L. Henry, 93, of Boise, Idaho, 12/14/2017 – Wife of Walter A. Henry ’44

Judith A. Larson, 76, of Toms River, N.J., 12/28/2017 – Wife of Jon H. Larson ’63

Ellin F. Lord, 73, of Northfield, Vt., 10/24/2017 – Former Assistant Director of the Language Lab 1969–2015; Part-time staff 2015–2017

Katherine “Gail” G. Norris, 79, of Wakefield, R.I., 12/11/2017 – Wife of John S. Norris ’60

Alfred K. Noyes Sr., 68, of Hardwick, Vt., 11/17/2017 – Former Staff

Anne B. Platt, 85, of Shelburne, Vt., 11/1/2017 – Widow of MajGen Jonas M. Platt, USMC (Ret.), ’40

Ruth E. Sabol, 80, of Northfield, Vt., 11/14/2017 – Widow of longtime Norwich football coach and athletic director, Joe Sabol

Anne L. Smith, 97, of Bar Harbor, Maine, 12/31/2017 – Widow of Waldo H. Smith ’41

Sister Theresa St. Thomas, 89, of Winooski, Vt., 12/18/2017 – Former Faculty 1969–2000, Emerita Professor of Nursing

Maureen L. Valentine, 79, of Lyme, Conn., 10/23/2017 – Wife of Winfred “Val” Valentine ’60

Basil Yender, 74, of Aurora, Ill., 7/16/2017 – Friend



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