ROLL OF HONOR – Summer 2016

In Memoriam

Joseph “Jose” Miana

March 30, 1931 – April 2, 2016

Jose Miana grew up in Barre, Vt., within a family of granite workers. After graduating from high school, he went to work for his family’s granite company, but after 12 years decided to pursue his dream of becoming a priest. After three years he had a change of heart and left seminary to go back to school to become an educator, graduating from Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Spanish. He earned a master’s degree from Middlebury before landing his first teaching job at Montpelier High School. He taught there for 28 years, retiring in 1994.

Jose Miana with Modern Languages faculty at Norwich. Pictured (l-r): Judith Stallings-Ward, Fran Chevalier, Jose Miana, and Stewart Robinson. (Photo by Diana Weggler.)

Jose Miana with Modern Languages faculty at Norwich. Pictured (l-r): Judith Stallings-Ward, Fran Chevalier, Jose Miana, and Stewart Robinson. (Photo by Diana Weggler.)

After volunteering as a Spanish teacher at St. Monica Catholic School, Miana came out of retirement to fill a vacancy in the Spanish Department at Norwich. Of his subsequent 141/2–year Norwich career, he said, “The students here at Norwich are unlike any other students I taught; they truly want to be learning.”

A born teacher, Miana brought unmatched enthusiasm to his profession. Passionate about Spain and Spanish culture, he made 13 trips to his ancestral home, sharing tales of his adventures with his students upon his return. One of his greatest joys in life was hosting gatherings at his home, which he filled with love, laughter, and lots of his Spanish culinary expertise. At Norwich, students and faculty alike looked forward to sampling his Spanish flan, which was always the first dessert to disappear at Spanish celebrations. And, even when, as he put it, “My flan flopped,” it was still a rare and delectable treat.

Although he never became a priest, Miana was as passionate about his Catholic faith as he was about teaching. A member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre, he served as a Eucharistic minister there for 30 years, as well as on the Parish Council.

No tribute to Jose Miana would be complete without at least a mention of his wardrobe. A 2014 Guidon article on him wrote, “He has over 35 suits that Prince would give ‘diamonds and pearls’ for just the opportunity to try one on.”

Here is a sampling of praise from a few former students of the beloved Spanish teacher:

Few of us knew before arrival what treasures we’d find at Norwich during our tenure there. I found Don Jose. – Jeffrey Hayes ’06

Professor Miana had a grandfather-like relationship with most of his students; he really does care about the kids. – Aidan Burke ’17

Professor Miana was one of the most generous and kindhearted individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in my life. – Frank Halstead ’13

Professor Miana was a very kind and caring person. He was the best person to go and talk to about social events and just be that one person you could talk to and there would be no judgment whatsoever. He gave wise and strong advice for those that asked for it. You will be missed, Professor Miana. – Elizabeth Randall ’11

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Roll of Honor

The following list reflects notifications of deceased Norwich family members received by the university from January 15, 2016, through April 18, 2016. Full obituaries, if available, can be viewed online. To inform the university of the passing of a member of the Norwich family, please contact the Alumni Office at 802-485-2100, or

1947 Danielle Crecco, 4/5/2016 – Wife of Robert Crecco ’47
1949 Robert “Bob” A. Shailer, 87, of Readfield, Maine, 1/21/2016
1949 George C. Walker Jr., 91, of Barre Town, Vt., 2/29/2016
1950 David B. Mylchreest Sr., 89, of Middletown, Conn., 2/19/2016
1951 Nancy W. Cuthbert 86, of East Moriches, N.Y., 2/27/2016 – Wife of Peter Cuthbert ’51
1952 (VC) Barbara D. Briggs, 83, of Mountain Lakes, N.J., 3/18/2016
1952 Wayne P. Calderara, 85, of Barre, Vt., 1/17/2016
1952 Donald I. Richmond, 85, of Naples, Fla., 3/28/2016
1954 Nelson “Dick” W. Smith, 85, of South Londonderry, Vt., 3/19/2016
1956 Paul N. Ames, 81, of Colebrook, N.H., 4/8/2016
1959 LTC Ronald J. Shea, USA (Ret.), 78, of Louisville, Ky., 1/25/2016
1960 LTC Christopher D. Righter, USA (Ret.), 78, of Natick, Mass., 1/25/2016
1961 John R. Akin, 76, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., 9/7/2015
1961 Adrian P. Coty, 77, of Elizabethtown, Ky., 1/31/2016
1961 (VC) Lita M. (Gomez) Ehalt, 75, of Orange, Conn., 1/23/2016
1961 Herbert C. Fischer, Jr., 79, of Hendersonville, N.C., 2/17/2016
1962 Robert P. Hayes, 73, of Big Spring, Texas, 6/13/2013
1963 Mary Nossal, 102, of Tequesta, Fla., 3/11/2016 – Mother of George Nossal ’63
1966 Peter B. Adams, 73, of Scituate, Mass. and Wimauma, Fla., 3/4/2016 – Father of Charles Adams ’96
1966 Brian “Mike” Lack, of Saint Augustine, Fla., 8/22/2015 – Father of Cynthia Lack VC’98
1968 LTC Richard S. Chabior, USA (Ret.), 69, of Spencer, Mass., 3/25/2016
1971 LTC Stephen H. Dawson, USA (Ret.), 66, of Gilford, N.H., 4/8/2016
1972 LTC Kenneth J. Cronin Jr., USA (Ret.), 66, of Burke, Va., 3/17/2016
1973 Mina L. Healy, 67, of East Montpelier, Vt., 11/28/2015
1985 Guido O. Verdelli, 53, of Natick, Mass., 2/5/2016
1987 Craig A. Cournoyer, 51, of Spencer, Mass., 4/8/2016
1987 Kathleen A. McLaughlin, 76, of Duxbury, Mass., 2/12/2016 – Mother of Hugh McLaughlin ’87
1990 LCDR Abraham K. Mitchell, USN, 50, of Brandywine, Md., 3/11/2016
1999 Matthew L. Moore, 38, of Hampstead, N.H., 1/23/2016
2010 Annie McShan Gould, 35, of Northfield, Vt., – Daughter of Keith Gould, professor emeritus of English, 2/22/2016
Joseph Miana, 85, of Barre, Vt., 4/2/2016 – Professor of Spanish, 2000–2015
Velma U. Smith, 85, of Cabot, Vt., 4/12/2016 – Professor of English, 1974–1978
Alan Weiss, 92, of Montpelier, Vt., 2/28/2016 – Former Staff

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