Sarah Ray


Posted: October 31, 2001


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.


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.”


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



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



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



and as an instructor at the Community College of Vermont

(CCV). A former member of


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



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



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



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



program will be supported through an anonymous gift to the

Bicentennial Campaign.