Vermont lost a deeply experienced, widely respected leader in the education community with the passing of Peg Donnelly Meyer on July 19. A Class of 1970 UVM graduate, Meyer’s career spanned roles from elementary classroom teacher to public school administration to service with the Vermont Department of Education. At the time of her death, she was an associate vice president of student affairs at Norwich University. Meyer, who also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at UVM, taught at her alma mater as an adjunct faculty member and was chair of the advisory board for the College of Education and Social Services.
Young alumna Rose Long recently popped up on the immensely popular “Humans of New York” Facebook page. Here’s what Rose had to say in a post that has 55,190 “Likes” at last count: ”Five years ago I got hit by a jeep on my bike. I woke up in the hospital, my face was messed up, I was on lots of morphine, and my family had all gone home because they’d been told I wouldn’t wake up that night. I was really scared. The next few weeks, while I was healing, I told myself that if I ever got better, I’d never live a mediocre life.”
“And what are you doing now?”
“I got a BS in Mechanical Engineering and now I’m getting a PhD in Biomedical Science.”
“What are you going to do with it?”
“I’m going to save humankind, of course.”
Pamela McDermott ’73, founder and CEO of McDermott Ventures, has been named one of Banker & Tradesman’s Women of FIRE, an annual award honoring the key female players in Boston’s finance, insurance, and real estate sectors. McDermott Ventures, which she started fifteen years ago, focuses on real estate development consulting and public affairs building. She is the former president and co-founder of McDermott/O’Neill & Associates, New England’s largest public affairs and strategic communications firm. McDermott’s long record of service to UVM includes her current role on the board of directors of the University of Vermont Foundation.
Jon Hart ’90 just had his new book drop. Man Versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and his Extraordinary Sports Adventures is published by Potomac Books. A UVM rugby player until an injury turned him into a UVM Cynic rugby writer, Hart took it from there in participatory sports journalism with a humorous bent. Look for more on Hart and his new book in the next issue of Vermont Quarterly.
There is likely some green and gold being worn in Israel this summer as UVM is well represented in the Maccabiah Games. Current Catamount athletes competing include Josh Elbaum, basketball; Lily Feldman, soccer; and Pete Massar, ice hockey. Alumnus Dan Burack is playing master’s tennis and Oriel McHugh is on the ice hockey team for his native Canada. Jeff Schulman, alumnus/former Catamount hockey player/associate director of UVM Athletics, is also in Israel on a professional development leave, working as part of the Israeli organizing committee. Jeff’s wife, Deb Lichtenfeld, also an alum, is chairing the Maccabi local community outreach program.