Middlebury, Vt. – Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizens’ Awards for outstanding community service to Middlebury residents Nancy Malcolm and Thomas Munschauer on June 11 on the college campus.
Dating back to the college’s bicentennial year of 2000, the college has honored local citizens for exemplary community service, volunteerism and engagement in community issues. Nominations come from members of the community, and a committee composed of faculty and staff makes the final selections.
All of the recipients of the Citizens’ Award receive a pewter medallion struck at Danforth Pewterers of Middlebury.
Nancy C. Malcolm has earned the title of “Citizen Planner” twice in recent years, first from the Vermont Planners Association, and later from the Northern New England Region chapter of the American Planners Association. In honoring her, both organizations recognized that Malcolm’s depth of service to the Town of Middlebury’s planning board, development review board, and other committees was extraordinary.
Born and raised in Vermont, Malcolm was educated at Burlington High School and St. Lawrence University. She worked in a number of positions locally before discovering her desire to serve her community. Over the years she has been involved with United Way of Addison County (former board chair), Porter Medical Center Auxiliary (past president), KidSpace Playground (co-chair), Frog Hollow Arts Center (former board member), Addison Respite Care Home (board member), the county’s Guardian Ad Litem program, and the building committees for both Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury Union Middle School.
Malcolm recently chaired the Middlebury Area Creative Economy Group, which yielded the Arts Walk and Green Energy Expo. In presenting the McCardell Citizens’ Medal to her, President Liebowitz said Malcolm’s “altruism reflects the spirit of our state and the variety of its seasons.”
Thomas L. Munschauer has owned and directed the Middlebury Animal Hospital for the past 24 years, and is known throughout Vermont as a talented veterinarian who cares about the well being of all animals. He served on the board of directors of the Addison County Humane Society, worked on the capital campaign to build the current shelter, and was president of the board for one term. In 2002 Munschauer received the veterinarian of the year award from the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association.
Beyond the world of animal care, Munschauer has made major contributions to the arts in the community. He was a powerful force in the restoration and reopening of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theatre. He joined the THT board in 2002 and has served three years as its current president. He also was active for nearly 20 years as a board member and past president of Middlebury’s Festival on the Green.
A graduate of the University of Vermont and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Munschauer also taught veterinary technology for one year at Vermont Technical College. President Liebowitz said, “Our community — both its people and its pets — are richer because of Tom Munschauer’s energy and expertise.”
This year’s recipients join 52 other area residents who have been so honored since the college’s bicentennial.