Bread Loaf Mourns the Loss of Professor Michael Armstrong

Posted March 2016

The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English is mourning the loss of beloved faculty member Michael Armstrong. A member of the Bread Loaf community since 1986, he died at his home in Southampton, U.K. on March 7, 2016.

Bread Loaf Director Emily Bartels shared the news in an email to the Bread Loaf community:

It is with deep sadness that I relay the news that the remarkable Michael Armstrong, a beloved Bread Loaf teacher and friend for almost thirty years, died on Monday, March 7, from complications after a recent surgery.  

Michael (B.A., B. Phil, Oxford), a former Head Teacher at Harwell Primary School in Oxfordshire, joined the faculty of  the Bread Loaf School of English in 1986 and returned every summer, save two, to teach classes on narrative and storytelling, Calvino, War and Peace, and the imagination.  A regular on the Vermont faculty, he also was also a regular on the Bread Loaf stage, performing with our Acting Ensemble and students in plays including Arcadia, Romeo and Juliet, and Troilus and Cressida.      

Michael brought exuberance and imagination to everything and everyone he touched – from his students and classes, to the educational systems in which he taught, to the Bread Loaf community.  Renowned for his course “Describing the Imagination,” Michael inspired us all to think about the richness and value of stories, especially and originally those written by young children. A master story-teller himself, with an expansive intellect and imagination, he brought passion, compassion, and joy to Bread Loaf summer after summer. We have loved Michael as he has loved us.

Our hearts go out to Isobel and her family as they bear this incalculable loss.

Please see the Middlebury news announcement and Bread Loaf's Facebook page for more information.