Jane Bostford Armstong '43
Jane Armstrong, an artist from East Dorset, Vermont, is acknowledged as one of the nation's leading sculptors working in stone. Armstrong, who studied with Jose de Creeft and Jogn Hovannes at the Arts Students League in New York, has held more than 40 one-person museum and university exhibitions and as many gallery solos. An excellent example of her work, a marble sculpture entitled "Robert Frost - A Re-creation," is exhibited in the lobby of the Bread Loaf Inn on the mountain campus.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1994 pg. 37
Linda Kite Canty '72
Former business executive, ballroom dance champion, creator of a cancer survivors program
With an MBA in marketing from NYU, Linda Canty moved into international banking with the Bank of New York where she was responsible for lending activities of banks in Central and Eastern Europe. In 1988, her life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. While recovering from a recurrence of the cancer she turned her energies to ballroom dancing, a hobby she had taken up several years before the cancer was discovered. Even though surgery had affected her ability to walk, she was soon back gracing the floors of international ballroom competition. With her partner and husband, David Canty, she swept the championships in the North American Amateur Over 35 Ballroom Competition. Recognizing the ways in which dance had helped sustain her, she developed Get Back in the Swing, a ballroom dance therapy program that she presented to cancer survivors throughout the country.
James D. Oliver '72
Founding President of Landmark College for dyslexics
James Oliver, an educator from Putney, Vermont, was honored for his contributions to education. A Phi Beta Kappa history major, Olivier has had a profound effect on the educational experiences of thousands of students with learning disabilities. While on the faculty of Landmark School in Massachusetts, he worked with Charles Drake, a dyslexic educator and Fulbright Scholar. He went on to earn a master's in education and a J.C. degree, both from Harvard. From 1984-1991 he served as president of the newly opened Landmark College, the nation's only college exclusively for bright students with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities. He is currently director of the college's outreach programs.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1994 pg. 37