Roll of Honor – Winter 2017

In Memoriam

Gordon T. Hay Jr. ’49

A True Norwich Gentleman
July 16, 1926 – July 24, 2016

Gordon T. Hay Jr., Class of 1949, as a senior.

Gordon T. Hay Jr., Class of 1949, as a senior.

IT WAS A PERFECT DAY for a funeral, if there can ever be such a thing. On September 18, 2016, the family of Gordon T. Hay Jr., Class of 1949, gathered at the Norwich University Cemetery for the interment of their beloved patriarch, who was laid to rest next to his late son-in-law Peter F. Jaskilka ’77. From their vantage point on Dole Hill, the view was worthy of a Vermont Life calendar: a canopy of trees, showing just a tinge of autumn color, and the Norwich campus spread out serenely in the valley below.

After the ceremony, the Hay clan gathered for a reception, this time at the Sullivan Museum and History Center. While there, they donated Gordon’s 1949 class ring to the museum’s collections, according to his wishes.

To be buried at Norwich on Homecoming Weekend with all your family there, and to have your ring be put on display at the Sullivan Museum—it is hard to imagine a more fitting tribute to a man whom his daughter Susan says “lived and breathed Norwich.”

Gordon Thompson Hay Jr., a longtime resident of West Boylston, Mass., passed away in Nashua, N.H., on July 24, 2016, at the age of 90. Raised in Longmeadow, Mass., he attended Norwich, where he was a founding member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Gordon’s studies were interrupted when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps near the end of World War II. Following his service, he returned to Norwich to finish his degree, after which he served for six years in the USAF Reserves, retiring at the rank of captain.

A man of many interests, Gordon lived life to the absolute fullest. In addition to spending time in his well-supplied workshop, he was a 32nd degree Mason, a private pilot, the member of several barbershop quartets, and an avid boater and skier. Working in the insurance industry for 52 years, he was the recipient of countless awards before retiring at the age of 84. A devoted NU alumnus, he was a founding member of the Board of Fellows, served as a trustee, and was president of the Worcester, Mass. Alumni Club. For his many years of service to his alma mater, Gordon was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994. Above all, he was a generous and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a gentleman to everyone who knew him.

The family of Gordon T. Hay Jr. ’49 gathers around the Norwich Ring display case in the Sullivan Museum and History Center after adding his class ring to the collection. In the foreground is Gordon’s grandson, Cadet James E. Hay ’18, son of John D. Hay ’82 (back row next to display case, wearing plaid tie). To the left of the display case is Gordon’s daughter Susan Staretorp VC’78. In all, eight Hay family members have followed in Gordon’s footsteps to Norwich or Vermont College.

The family of Gordon T. Hay Jr. ’49 gathers around the Norwich Ring display case in the Sullivan Museum and History Center after adding his class ring to the collection. In the foreground is Gordon’s grandson, Cadet James E. Hay ’18, son of John D. Hay ’82 (back row next to display case, wearing plaid tie). To the left of the display case is Gordon’s daughter Susan Staretorp VC’78. In all, eight Hay family members have followed in Gordon’s footsteps to Norwich or Vermont College.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Elizabeth Hay; three children, Gordon C. Hay and his wife, Jennifer, of Royce City, Texas; Susan E. Staretorp and her husband, Leif Staretorp, of Milford, N.H., and John D. Hay and wife, Sandra, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and nine grandchildren.



ROLL OF HONOR

The following list reflects notifications of deceased Norwich family members received by the university from July 16, 2016, through October 14, 2016. 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.

1934 Judge Daniel W. Fleetham, 104, of Canaan, N.H., 9/7/2016 – Father of Daniel W. Fleetham Jr. ’69
1945 Ralph A. Brown, 92, of Longmeadow, Mass., 7/15/2016
1949 Gordon T. Hay, 90, of Nashua, N.H., 7/24/2016 – Father of Susan Staretorp ’78 and John Hay ’82, grandfather of James Hay ’18, and uncle of James Weigle ’12
1951 Eugene F. Curley, 87, of Stow, Mass., 9/19/2016
1951 John G. Hogan, 86, of Farmington, Maine, 7/30/2016
1953 Everett W. Streeter, 85, of Hilton Head, N.C., 9/24/2016
1953 Aldem A. Trottier, 85, of Manchester, N.H., 9/26/2016
1954 Maxwell E. Peel, 82, of Canton, Mass., 4/16/2014
1958 Gerald W. Brooks, 81, of Stone Ridge, N.Y., 7/27/2016
1958 John L. Gaffield, 79, of Monroe, Conn., 9/22/2016
1958 Daniel J. Kenney, 79, of Fort Pierce, Fla., 9/29/2016
1960 Phillip M. Plumb, 78, of Randolph, Vt., 9/28/2016
1960 Richard S. Schultz, 78, of Falmouth, Mass., 8/25/2016
1961 Richard Foley, 77, of Pittsford, N.Y., 7/31/2016
1963 Albert C. Hills Sr., 74, of Hummelstown, Pa., 8/6/2016
1964 Donald E. Bigelow, 73, of Bradenton, Fla., 5/1/2016
1964 Anthony J. Reale, 74, of Watchung, N.J., 9/11/2016
1964 Michael J. Sivigny, 73, of Burke, Va., 7/22/2016
1966 LTC Rudolph L. Laine, USA (Ret.), 73, of Stowe, Vt., 8/19/2016
1968 Dr. William A. Parisien Jr., 70, of Hadley, Mass., 8/30/2016
1971 James H. Elson, 67, of Naples, Fla., 9/28/2016
1977 John E. Dexheimer, 62, of Farmington, Conn., 9/3/2016
1981 William A. Perry, 57, of Rushland, Pa., 8/13/2016
1998 Toma Kim, 41, of Springfield, Va., 9/28/2016
2003 Jennifer L. Brusa, 35, of Raleigh, N.C., 8/11/2016 – Wife of Christopher J. Brusa ’04
2011 Samantha M. Brochu, 27, of Hardwick, Vt., 9/13/2016
2018 Shane Breer, 43, of Barre, Vt., 9/3/2016
1950 (VC) John D. Moran, 88, of Dennis, Mass., 7/22/2016
1963 (VC) Brenda H. Grappone, 73, of Jackson, Mich., 8/2/2016
1980 (VC) Bonnie L. Anderson, 52, of Charlestown, Mass., 6/4/2013
1987 (VC) Jeannine E. Gardner, 82, of Whitefield, N.H., 6/26/2016
1992 (VC) Matthew R. Berlinguette, 51, of Manchester, N.H., 7/8/2016
1993 (VC) Shirley A. Loveland, 85, of Norwich, Conn., 8/12/2016
1994 (VC) John S. Thornton, 62, of Hot Springs, Ariz., 7/25/2016
1997 (VC) Heidi A. Nugent, 67, of Pittsfield, Mass., 9/10/2016
M’82 (VC) Lainie M. Koolkin-Andrew, 67, of Beaufort, S.C., 9/17/2016
M’87 (VC) Patricia R. Dye, 76, of Rook Hill, S.C., 9/28/2016
M’89 (VC) Barbara Boden, 76, of Frederick, Md.
Iris R. Delmerico, 92, of Valparaiso, Ind., 7/11/2016 – Widow of John E. Delmerico ’49
Brenda J. Donley, 76, of Schroon Lake, N.Y., 6/28/2016 – Wife of Edward L. Donley ’61
Florian Wawrzyniak, 76, of Northfield, Vt., 7/24/2016 – Professor of economics, 1969–89
Violet W. Bell, 90, of Northfield, Vt., 8/5/2016 – Former staff
Norma M. Sonner, 79, of Parsippany, N.J., 10/1/2016 – Wife of Kenneth Sonner ’57

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