MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury notes the death of Louis L. Lee, who died on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Lee began working at Middlebury in 1997 as a seasonal groundsworker. Within a year, he was transferred to the role of custodian, a position he held until his retirement in 2009.
Norm Cushman, associate vice president for operations, shared that Louis “Louis was passionate about gardening and growing flowers,” said Norm Cushman, associate vice president for operations. “One of his favorite flowers was the perennial Sweet William. The plants would bloom in June and then self-seed. He would share the seeds with other co-workers to begin their flower gardens.” Lee was also an avid apple tree pruner working for many of the local orchards, noted Cushman. He was known by his colleagues to have loved hunting and fishing, and always “had a great attitude toward others.”
Lee is survived by his wife, College retiree Loretta Lee, who worked as a benefits specialist in the Human Resources Department; daughter Kathleen Parent, a curriculum information specialist for academic affairs and her husband Kurt, who is an electrician for Facilities Services; daughter Lynne Butler and her husband Tim; and son Louis and his wife Cindy Lee, laundry coordinator for Dining Services. Lee is also survived by several grandchildren.
Calling hours for Louis will be Tuesday, December 19th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mallory funeral home in Fair Haven. A funeral will be held Wednesday, December 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s church in Orwell. There will be a gathering at the Orwell Fire House following the funeral.