This post appeared first in our late summer 2014 issue of Chip Notes.
The fabric of the Museum’s history has been woven by many people. A few add a strand or two of color, while others provide the very warp that holds it all together. Unfortunately, there comes a time to say good-bye to some of these people. We are grateful for them, and we will miss them.
Ed Everts, 1919-2013
Ed Everts was a dear friend and instrumental in turning the Birds of Vermont Museum into a reality. He provided the initial funding that allowed Bob to start carving. Ed, and his partner Raven Davis, are remembered not only for their support, but also for their friendship.
In addition to all he did for the Museum, Ed was devoted to his family, spreading peace, working with the Peace and Justice Center , and exploring the world (sometimes with Bob and Gale in a VW microbus).
Mary B. Fell, 1920-2014
Mary Fell was a resident of Underhill. In addition to time spent volunteering for the historical society, she was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels and also volunteered many hours at Audubon Vermont‘s Sugar-on-Snow parties.
The General Assembly of Vermont wrote a resolution honoring her for her work. Her friend, Carol Wagner, is spearheading a campaign to dedicate a bench to Mary. The bench will be placed in the gardens along the path to the treehouse.
Hubert “Hub” Vogelmann, 1928-2013
Hub had personal ties with the Museum through his connections to Bob and Gale. He and his wife, Marie, were two of the Museum’s charter members. He had a close personal connection with the Museum’s mission of conservation. Hub worked with Bob and others to preserve Vermont ridgelines and mountaintops.
Hub was a botanist whose groundbreaking work on Camel’s Hump led to national attention regarding issues with acid-rain. He also co-founded Vermont’s chapter of the Nature Conservancy. In addition to serving on state and national environmental boards, he served on the Museum’s advisory board.