The following message was sent to the campus community by Cheryl Mullins, director of human resources, on June 13, 2019.
I am saddened to report that retiree and 25 Year Club member Francis H. Cram, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing in Middlebury.
Francis started his career with the College in 1948 as an employee of the Snow Bowl and he continued to work there and at the Bread Loaf campus until his retirement in 1989. His father, Harley, worked at the College when Francis was hired, and the two worked together for many years. After high school and prior to working for the College, Francis was in the Navy for two years. He loved playing music with his friends and was a member of the Champlain Valley Fiddlers Club.
Francis was born in Ripton to Harley and his wife Mildred on Dec. 25, 1927. He was predeceased by his parents as well as Florence, his wife of 55 years and two brothers, Carl and Bill. He is survived by his very special lady friend Phyllis Allen; by his five children and their spouses, Carol (Pete) Williams, Patty (Gordy) Hendry, Gary (Debbie) Cram, Bruce (Sharon) Cram, and Amy (Kevin) Cousino; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and his sister Wilma (Tom) Munson.