John Neville Farmer

            Professor John Neville Farmer died gently July 10th 2016 at Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, VT.  He is survived by his wife Margaret (McQuarrie). They were married for 63 years.  John was born to English parents on June 19th 1929 in Simla, India.  His parents were Sydney John Farmer (S. J.) and mother Marjorie (Farmer) Farmer (Fink).  His step-mother was Dr. Norma Dunning Farmer.  S. J. joined the British Army in 1914 and was shipped to India serving the army in the Office of Military Accounts.

            John became a world traveler at a young age, sailing to England twice by the time he was six.  His grandmother Ethel Farmer cared for him until he was seven when he was enrolled in Brighton Preparatory School for Boys in 1936.  Three years later as World War II began his father came to England to take him to Burma where the family lived until the start of the Japanese War.  He and his mother escaped to India on a refugee ship.  His father got out later bringing all the military accounting records with him – for this he was awarded The Order of the British Empire.

            Shortly after settling in Kolhapur, India John’s mother asked for a divorce and his father obtained custody of their only child.  John continued his education in more boarding schools and a military school but not before he had told his Dad that the doctor he had seen at the American hospital in town was a woman and beautiful.  His dad checked her out.  In 1943 S.J. married Dr. Norma Dunning, the Director of the Presbyterian Mary Wanless Mission Hospital and she became John’s loving and ambitious mother.  As WW II ended the three of them traveled to the United States on a sabbatical arriving August 2nd 1945. 

            At 16, John’s scattered education, with no records, made it difficult for American schools to know how to place him.  Eventually yet another boarding school was the solution.  Kiskiminitas Springs School in western Pennsylvania was the answer and he did well with the five week, one course sessions they used. That helped him catch up in his math and science and shine in his history, literature and Latin.

            John attended the College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio where he discovered Zoology late in his third year, changed majors, met Margaret and married her in 1952.  He went on to graduate school at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa in 1953.  He was drafted into the US Army and earned his American citizenship between his Masters and his PhD which was completed in 1960.

            He then taught at the University of Missouri for 19 years and became renowned for his ability to lecture to huge classes of 500 to 800 and earn the respect and affection of a great many of his students.  In addition he advised pre-meds and was the major professor guiding 13 PhD’s and Master’s students through their research and dissertations.  He also received numerous awards for outstanding teaching while at Missouri.

            After 19 years at MU, the University of Oklahoma beckoned.  In Norman, OK, he continued to attract large numbers of students, lecturing twice a day to more big classes and continued as head of pre-med advising.  Again he received many teaching awards with the most prestigious making him a David Ross Boyd Professor of Zoology.  That honor was named after the first President of the University of Oklahoma who had graduated from of the College of Wooster, as John had. 

            John retired in 1995. He and Margaret stayed in Norman where they had a rich and active life in Oklahoma City and Norman for another 17 years.  They moved to Shelburne, Vermont in 2013.  Former Norman friends, Jo and Ted Herstand had introduced them to Wake Robin, a carefully planned and beautiful non-profit CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) in Shelburne.  Leaving Norman was hard but they were happy to be close to their younger daughter Susan Bueti and her family.  They joined a group of very active, interesting and interested residents.  Finally, when John needed skilled care as he struggled with COPD, he was able to live in the skilled nursing section of the community just across the driveway from their apartment. 

            In addition to Susan, her husband Serafino (Sam) Bueti and their children Alessandra and Marcus, all of Waterbury, VT, John is survived by his daughter Johann Cutkomp, husband Jake (James) Cutkomp their children Graham and Emma all of Iowa City, IA, as well as their son Steve Farmer (Steven John) and his wife Lyn of Phoenix, AZ as well as their daughters Elizabeth Meyer, her husband Andrew Meyer and their three children Henry, John and Georgia of Lawrence KS, and Stephanie Jo Farmer, husband Greg Finley and a baby girl on the way in St. Paul MN.  

            There will be a Circle of Remembrance at Wake Robin to be announced later, and Margaret hopes that she will be able to gather in Norman, OK with many of their friends later in the year. Online condolences can be made through

John Cort-Desrochers

John Cort-Desrochers (née John Francis Desrochers) passed on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from cardiac disease. I write my own obituary so the blame cannot be put on anyone else. I passed as expected. From the time of conception, we know we will die at some point. I was born at 4:20 pm on July 11th, 1937 at 17 Maple Street in St. Johnsbury, VT, to Felix and Marieanna (Pinard) Desrochers, joining seven siblings. The first child died at two and a half days of age. I was predeceased by Alfred, Armand, Marguerite, Robert, and Paul. I am survived by Sr. Bernadette and Rachel Helen who is married to Leo Ducharme. I married Patricia (Sanders) Desrochers, and we brought forth five children who survive me: Kevin, Joe is married to Stacey, Sam is married to Tracy, Pam is married to David, and Lisette is married to Phil. My dear wife, Sheila and our son, Tom, who is married to Bridget survive me as well. I am also survived by my grandchildren: Erica, Mike, Jordan, Hanna, Danielle, Jacob, Jonah, Megan and Lucinda, along with my great granddaughter, Ava.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to list all of the descendants of Felix and Marieanna Desrochers. To celebrate the year 2000, I sponsored a family reunion at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Barre, VT. Over 90 of Felix’s descendants showed up, so you can see I am survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. To learn more about the family and about my life, you can obtain a book I authored, “Up from Maple Street”, free of charge, at the reception after my funeral while the supply lasts.

The various careers I undertook include 36 years as an educator, both elementary and secondary in Vermont schools. I retired in 1993 as the high school principal in Williamstown. I also was a part time hardware clerk at Sweeney Hardware in St. Albans, handcrafted Rosary maker and author of “Call to Rebellion,” “Laurie the Martyred Child” (both original and revised), “Up from Maple Street”, “Oh No, Not Again”, and “Perdition and Redemption” which is the sequel to “Oh No, Not Again”.

In lieu of flowers (I’m allergic to them), donations should be made to Williamstown Endowment Scholarship Fund, PO Box 315, Williamstown, VT 05679. The fund provides scholarships to Williamstown High School graduates for post-secondary education. I started the fund with $50.00. It now stands at over half a million dollars. My goal was to see it reach one million dollars.

There will not be any calling hours. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward’s Church, 76 Beckett St., Williamstown, VT, on Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The inurnment will follow at the East Hill Cemetery on Gilbert Road in Williamstown. The luncheon reception will be held at the hall in the basement of the church.

Ruth Mary Kuhn

Ruth Mary Kuhn nee Dorsey died May 6, 2016 in Mansfield Place, Essex Junction, Vermont. She was born October 19, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ruth married Joseph G. Kuhn on June 21, 1950. Besides Joe she leaves her five children and spouses; Cecilia Hochstin, Mary Arel, Michael Kuhn, Barbara Robbins, and Laura Moeykens. Ruth also leaves nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A mass will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 12 noon at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Shelburne, Vermont. On line condolences may be made through

Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn

Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn of South Burlington completed her journey through this life on April 24, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at the UVM Medical Center after a brief struggle with cardiovascular disease. She was 69. Vicki was born and raised in Manistique, a small city on the northern shores of Lake Michigan on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on September 26, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Franklin C. Creeden and Leocadia 'Sis' Creeden (Olesak).

She graduated from Manistique High School and earned a Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University. She relocated to the Washington D.C. area with her husband at the time, and began her first career of raising her children. In 1976, the family relocated to South Burlington, VT. Once the children were raised, she began her second career at the Internal Revenue Office in Taxpayer Service in Burlington in 1987, where several of her colleagues became her dearest lifelong friends. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and maintaining stubborn devotion to all of those fortunate enough to have been close to her. She loved all wildlife, but was particularly drawn to the free spirited lifestyle enjoyed by birds.

Vicki is survived by her children; Paul Washburn and his companion Kelly Shepard of South Burlington; and Jessica Washburn, her companion Kyle Ellingson, and beloved grandsons Chancelor and Braddock Olsen of Polson, MT, as well as her ex-husband James Washburn of Shelburne. She also leaves sisters Maureen Leech and her husband Jerry Leech of Manistique Michigan, Rosemary Cox and her husband Terry Cox of Chelan, WA, Mary Creeden and her husband Bruce Peterson of Circle Pines, MN and her brother Andrew Creeden and his companion Kathy Kloss of Republic, MI, 6 nieces and 4 nephews.

Celebrations of her life will be held on Friday, April 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Dr., Suite 7, South Burlington, Vermont and at a date to be determined over the summer in Manistique, MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462 or nate.php.