In Memoriam: Marilyn B. DeLaney

November 8, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury notes the death of Marilyn DeLaney a longtime staff member who died at age 88 on November 1, 2016 at her Cornwall, Vermont, home.

DeLaney started her career at the College in September of 1982 with a temporary assignment in the president’s office. She became a full time employee in October of the same year, the launch of a 32-year career with Middlebury. During her time with the College DeLaney worked for the president’s office, financial aid, and the Bread Loaf School of English. President Emeritus John McCardell remembered DeLaney as a “dear, gentle person, meticulous, intelligent, and with a great sense of humor.”

In retirement, DeLaney was an active volunteer with groups that included the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary, Round Robin, the Middlebury United Methodist Church and its choir, and the PEO Sisterhood.

Born and raised in Richmond Hill and Manhasset, New York, she graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a degree in English Literature. DeLaney returned to New York and worked as a secretary at Time, Inc., first for Life and then for the newly launched Sports Illustrated. DeLaney and her husband John were married in 1953 and settled in Garden City, New York, to raise their children. They moved to Cornwall in 1979.

DeLaney is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Hal Granger of Farmington, Connecticut; son John B. De Laney of New York and Farmington; grandchildren Amanda and Anthony Erlandson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sam Granger of Seattle, Washington, Sophia De Laney of New York and Lucinda De Laney of New York.  She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Don and Sue Bayer of Huntington, New York, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Adrienne De Laney of Middlebury and her nieces and nephews.

A celebration of DeLaney's life will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Middlebury’s Mead Chapel. Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, to Middlebury College or to any worthy charity supporting the Addison County community.