Posted: October 31, 2001
MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury College President John M. McCardell Jr. will present Bicentennial Citizens' Medals to five residents of Addison County at a ceremony and dinner held in their honor at the Middlebury Inn on the evening of Friday, Nov. 2. The medal recipients, who will be recognized for their contributions to the community, are Richard A. Goodro, Dorothy B. Neuberger, Sonja J. Olson, Marguerite Ann Quinn, and James D. Ross.
Eric Davis, secretary of the College, said, "The medals will be presented to residents of Addison County who have helped strengthen the community, and whose service has been sustained and distinguished. Oftentimes, their efforts have gone unrecognized for many years."
Last November, during the College's Bicentennial celebration, Middlebury College honored 10 residents of Addison County with the presentation of the first Bicentennial Citizens' Medals. "We decided to continue the practice again this fall since the Bicentennial celebration truly demonstrated that the town and the College share both a history and a future," said Davis. Nominations for the 2001 citizens' medals were submitted by members of the College community, and the winners were selected by McCardell in consultation with members of the administration. The program will be supported through an anonymous gift to the Bicentennial Campaign.
A lifelong resident of the area who was born in Middlebury and lives in East Middlebury, Richard A. Goodro will be recognized for his involvement in a lengthy and varied list of community organizations, from the Rotary Club and the Town Hall Theatre Committee to the Vermont State Public Records Board and the Secretary of State's Election Committee. The former town clerk and town treasurer of Middlebury for many years, he has also served as cub master for the East Middlebury Cub Scouts and chair of the Middlebury Union High School Music Boosters. Goodro and his family have been hosts to numerous exchange students.
Dorothy B. Neuberger, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1958, has lived in Middlebury for 46 years. She worked for 27 years for the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC), based primarily at Middlebury Union High School. Neuberger continues to work part-time as a substitute in special and alternative education programs, as a consultant for
CSAC, and as an instructor at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). A former member of
the Middlebury school board and a former trustee and chair of the Porter Hospital board, she is a current member of the board of directors for the statewide organization Youth Empowerment. Neuberger is the winner of the Governor's Award for Service to Children and the CCV Outstanding Instructor Medal.
A resident of Middlebury since 1976, Sonja J. Olson is the director of the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured (VCCU), an organization which coordinates the activities of nine independent health care clinics across the state that provide care to the uninsured and under-insured with the help of a small paid staff and volunteer healthcare professionals. Last year the organization served approximately 3,500 individuals, including 400 clients at two clinics in Addison County where Olson once served as director. Prior to joining VCCU, she was the director of the Mary Johnson Children's Center in Middlebury.
Born and raised in Vergennes, Marguerite Ann Quinn has lived in Middlebury since 1966. Currently the development coordinator of Elderly Services, she served from 1968-1998 as the managing court reporter of the State of Vermont. She was also the personnel director for the court administrator's office from 1996-1998. Quinn has been involved in a host of community service organizations, including the Weybridge School board, the League of Women Voters, Project Independence and the United Way of Addison County.
James D. Ross, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1951, has lived in Middlebury a total of 49 years. In 1956 he joined the staff of the College, eventually becoming business manager. He is now employed by the College as a consultant. Ross has volunteered with numerous community organizations, serving as a member of the Porter Hospital board for 26 years, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) board for 25 years, and the Addison County Community Action Group (ACCAG) board since 1999. An advocate for the disabled, he is the recipient of several awards, including the Governor's Award for distinguished service from the Vermont Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
The program will be supported through an anonymous gift to the Bicentennial Campaign.