Roll of Honor – Summer 2017

After retiring from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, CVO just couldn’t stay away from teaching, or the military. He was soon back in front of the classroom at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, both in North Carolina.

After retiring from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, CVO just couldn’t stay away from teaching, or the military. He was soon back in front of the classroom at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, both in North Carolina.

In Memoriam

Carlos Harold Van Orden

Holding the Hill in His Heart
April 26, 1931 – February 2, 2017

When Carlos Harold Van Orden started teaching business at Norwich University in 1973, he happily united his life’s passions: family, education, and the military. Norwich felt like the perfect fit for the war veteran, family man, and former traveling businessman.

In the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Van Orden served as a cryptographer on the USS Currituck. He discovered his passion for teaching as a Reservist at the Naval Reserve Station in Trenton, N.J., where he taught communications. But it would still be some years before indulging in his teaching passion full time. For a decade and a half after his military service, he worked for communications companies from New York to Illinois, eventually attending night school to earn his advanced degree. When at long last CVO—as he was known on the Hill—stepped in front of the classroom, he didn’t teach from a textbook. He taught from experience.

In 1979, Van Orden said a fond farewell to the Hill, and carried his Norwich connection with him throughout his life. Five among his next generation—two daughters and three sons-in-law—are Norwich alumni. And now, he returns to Northfield. In July, CVO and Elvera Mae, his wife of 60 years who predeceased him in 2015, will be interred at the Norwich University Cemetery, a resting place they chose way back in 1989.
–Audrey Seaman ’13

Below are some recollections of Carlos Van Orden.
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“My sister, Mary, and I were so proud to be students during the years my Dad was a Norwich professor, and the 1979 yearbook was dedicated to him—that was the year we graduated. I know that many others share in the message we received from one of his former students, thanking my Dad for making a difference in his life. The note ended with a heartfelt, ‘Godspeed CVO’.”
–Daughter Ellen Ammel ’79

“I remember that every year after Norwich’s graduation, Dad would come home and climb up onto the roof. He would shovel whatever snow was left between the roof’s peaks out onto the lawn. That was his thing—his Norwich graduation tradition.”
–Daughter Cara Moore

“My dad would stand outside of Dewey Hall and watch the Corps of Cadets assemble for their noon formation and march down to Harmon Hall. This was a ritual he so enjoyed and rarely missed. As a family, we attended many of the sporting events. My parents enjoyed watching football and hockey in particular and went to nearly all the games. Even though my dad left Norwich in 1979, he always had a special fondness for the Hill and its proud traditions.”
–Daughter Ann Bigay

“My parents loved anything to do with the band. My Dad was a former clarinet player. My husband and I even met each other because we sat next to one another in band, and I was the first woman in the Regimental Band. My sister, Ellen, played in the symphonic band, and her husband, Mike, was in Band Company. My father was always interested in the march downs, probably because four out of five of us played an instrument at Norwich.”
–Daughter Mary Bibb ’79

“CVO was just so outstanding. He exuded principles and ethics, which is why I sort of adopted him as my father. I remember a couple of years after I got here—I was 23 years old when I started teaching at Norwich—CVO was having a big yard sale and they were getting rid of this solid oak medicine cabinet. My wife just loved it, so a few days before the sale, I asked if I could buy it. He said no, since he had advertised that the sale would start at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The next day, he came over to my house, opened his car door, pulled out the medicine cabinet, and said he could give anything away any time he wanted and that he wouldn’t take a dime for it. Today, that same medicine cabinet lives in my bathroom and every morning when I wash, I say a prayer for Carl. That’s how much I think of that guy.”
–Frank Vanecek, Norwich Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Roll of Honor

The following list reflects notifications of deceased Norwich family members received by the university from January 15, 2017, through April 17, 2017. 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


1944 Leora H. Mylchreest, 92, of Westbrook, Conn., 2/10/2017 – Widow of J. Warren Mylchreest ’44, mother of Mary Boehme ’72, and mother-in-law to Audrey Mylchreest ’70

1946 Elsie Lamson, 92, of Bolton, Mass., 2/19/2017 – Wife of David F. Lamson ’46

1950 Roy H. Stewart, 88, of Bedford, N.H., 3/13/2017

1951 John W. Greenwood, 87, of Clifton Park, N.Y., 2/3/2017

1952 Arthur O. Davidson Jr., 86, of Marlborough, Mass., 2/7/2017 – Cousin to Henry Davidson ’65

1952 Norman W. Hillegass, 89, of Homewood, Ill., 4/18/2016

1953 Kenneth G. Pash, 84, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., 2/11/2017

1955 Robert W. Curtis, 83, of Louisville, Ky., 3/21/2017

1955 Ronald P. Dumas, 83, of Hernando, Fla., 5/28/2016

1955 Nell L. Fohl, 84, of Nashville, Tenn., 3/1/2017 – Widow of Alan J. Fohl ’55

1957 Lona Abare, 83, of Salem, N.H., 3/7/2017 – Wife of Jack Abare ‘57 and mother of Dave Abare ’87

1957 Arnold N. Anderson, 82, of Gouldsboro, Pa., 1/5/2017

1957 Gordon “Gordy” G. Harlow, 78, of Essex, Vt., 5/6/2012

1957 Kenneth G. Sonner, 83, of Parsippany, N.J., 4/4/2017

1958 (VC) Suzanne A. Wurzberger, 77, of Bennington, Vt., 4/1/2016 – Wife of Albert Wurzberger ’60

1959 Robert A. Parkin, 77, of Jamesport, N.Y., 2/17/2017 – Sibling of Leslie Parkin-Corwin VC ’62 (deceased)

1959 Edward E. Steele, 80, of Waterbury, Vt., 4/1/2017 – Husband to Karen, father to Gretchen Steele ’95 and Shawn Steele

1960 Lloyd W. David, 79, of Weston, Mass., 2/5/2017

1961 Richard “Dick” A. Mottram PhD, 77, of Houston, Texas, 8/5/2016

1964 Richard “Dick” K. Patterson, 74, of Richmond, Vt., 2/3/2017

1965 Patrick “Pat” B. Harrigan, 73, of Chattanooga, Tenn., 2/8/2017 – Cousin to Dennis M. Ryan ’76

1965 Charles A. Lovelette, 74, of Columbus, Ga., 4/11/17 – Professor of Chemistry 1975–87

1965 Otto K. Scheu, 73, of Saugerties, N.Y., 2/20/2017

1966 (VC) Margaret Cargill, 71, of Haverhill, Mass., 3/27/2017

1967 Rita Bizzozero, 91, of Natick, Mass., 3/31/2017 – Mother-in-law to Robert Donnelly ’67

1967 Lyman D. Broughton III, 73, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2/28/2017

1971 Thomas Infantino, 67, of Mahopac, N.Y., 1/11/2017

1972 James E. Coughlin, 67, of Medford, Mass., 3/2/2017

1972 John W. Walsh IV, 68, of Miami, Fla., 3/7/2017

1975 (VC) Carol D. Richards, 71, of Barre, Vt., 1/15/2017

1976 Thomas “Tom” M. Morosky, 63, of New London, Conn., 2/15/2017

1978 & M’80 (VC) Jacalin W. Wilder, 80, of Brookfield, Vt., 3/23/2017 – Wife of Allen S. Wilder ’56

1979 Paul L. Ricker, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass., 3/23/2017 – Father of Mark E. Ricker ’09

1979 Carlos H. Van Orden, 85, of Leavenworth, Kan., 2/2/2017 – Professor of Business (1973–1979) and father of Mary E. Bibb ’79, Ellen M. Ammel ’79, and father-in-law to Andrew J. Bibb ’79, Michael D. Ammel ’78, and Michael M. Bigay ’79

1980 Michael W. Crimmins, 58, of Cumberland, R.I., 1/25/2017

M’82 (VC) Rosanne M. Singer, 81, of Hamden, Conn., 2/22/2017

1986 (VC) Susan L Mesler, 53, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., 2/26/2017

M’86 (VC) Jean Nelson CSJ, 86, of St. Paul, Minn., 3/1/2017

1988 Mary T. Daniels, 80, of Wakefield, Mass., 3/20/2017 – Mother of Carney D. Daniels ’88

M’89 (VC) Roger F. Webster, 74, of Arlington, Vt., 3/5/2017

1990 Andre R. Bessette, 48, of Ellington, Conn., 9/17/2016

M’91 (VC) Sally S. Spear, 80, of Colchester, Vt., 3/17/2017

1992 Brian C. Costa, 46, of Keene, N.H., 3/9/2017 – Brother to Richard J. Leslie ’84

1999 (VC) Theodore “Ted” O. Francis, 72, of Seattle, Wash., 12/16/2016

M’99 (VC) Charles C. Entwistle, 78, of Bradenton, Fla., 3/9/2017

2017 William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill., 1/28/2017 – Chief Special Warfare Operator Owens passed away of wounds received during a raid conducted in Yemen.

Robert W. Goodrich, 82, of Lebanon, N.H., 3/25/2016 – Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1995–2012

Peter Kjeer, 51, of Mankato, Minn., 12/3/2016 – Engineering Lecturer 2011–12

Douglas A. Lawson, 75, of Essex Junction, Vt., 1/17/2017 – Friend of the University

Robert P. Nye, 68, of South Barre, Vt., 2/1/2017 – Former Staff

Edward C. Perkins, 88, of Rutland, Vt., 1/4/2017 – Friend of the University

William R. Saunders, 60, of Beavercreek, Ohio, 3/1/2017 – Professor in MBA Program, 2003–17

George Shelley, 87, of Northfield, Vt., 4/11/2017 – Professor of Anthropology, 1978–2004

Colonel Roland R. Sullivan, 87, of Cornwall, N.Y., 3/30/2017 – Professor of Military Science, 1978–81

Miriam Wheeler, 96, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., 3/15/2017 – Widow of Gordon B. Wheeler ’42 and mother of Alan G. Wheeler ’70




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