Alumni

Gratitude Wall

Over the years we've heard story upon story about Vermont Academy teachers and coaches who have made a lifelong impact on you. Enjoy reading these remembrances from your fellow alumni.  Click "read more" to see all the entries. Consider sharing your own memory here.

List of 20 news stories.

  • Nita Choukas

    The effects of her warm hearted kindness, gracious support, and guidance in her capacity as wife of the headmaster will be, for a certainty, long lasting.
    ~ Ron McClenton '74
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  • Jim Frey '66

    Thank you Mr. Frey, it has been a pleasure returning to VA over the years and seeing at least one face that played a huge role in my up bringing.
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  • H. Edmund “Beano” Tripp

    The first was Beano Tripp. He was a very giving and meaningful math teacher, dorm master, and athletic trainer par excellance!
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  • Bob Harrington

    Thanks to Mr. Harrington, math teacher and basketball coach, for being a great role model during my 2 years at VA ('70-'72).
    ~ Norberto Aviles Jr. '72
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  • Warren Chivers

    Three score and several years ago, I made my appearance in grand insignificance at Vermont Academy. With me were a pair of army-surplus skis on which I had careened down a few slopes without making a turn or knowing how to do so.
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  • Joe Echanis '79

    Hands down, my favorite teacher at VA was Mr. Echanis. I probably never told him this, but he was the coolest, most humble man I have ever met.
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  • Lisa McNealus '79

    I have many teachers that I adore and see as role models in my life.
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  • Millard “Doc” Bosworth

    "Doc" Bosworth spent many hours teaching me how to take and develop photographs. Besides teaching the art of photography, he was an excellent science teacher, particularly in chemistry and physics which were a great help in my studies at Tufts.
    ~ Dick Parker ’55
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  • Michael Choukas '46

    Three teachers were very special in my time at VA.
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  • Agnes C. Black '41

    Agnes C. Black '41, Warren Chivers, Ed "Beano" Tripp, and all faculty when I was a student attending VA. Angus Black '41 and Warren Chivers gave me wisdom and understanding- my second parents for four years.
    ~ John Anderson II '61
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  • Arnie Castagner

    Mr. Castagner could be described as the mouse that roared or the bark that is worse than the bite. He was a relatively small individual, a bundle of energy who kept everyone in line, but you always knew he cared deeply.
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  • Ben Krahn

    I could probably list at least 20 names of VA faculty memebers that made a difference in life over the course my four years.
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  • Bob “Doc” Hewitt

    When I think of Vermont Academy, I think mostly of Doc Hewitt. It was in his class room and lab that he taught his students more than just chemistry.
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  • Chip Wolcott

    I would like to say thank you to the late Chip Wolcott.
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  • Christine Armiger

    I could probably list at least 20 names of VA faculty memebers that made a difference in life over the course my four years.
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  • Dave Hodgson

    I could probably list at least 20 names of VA faculty memebers that made a difference in life over the course my four years.
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  • Fanning Hearon

    I could probably list at least 20 names of VA faculty memebers that made a difference in life over the course my four years.
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  • Franklin Geist

    I'll have to say Franklin Geist made a huge difference in my life. I was (well, still am) not very good at math. I really, really wanted to drop the Algebra II / Trigonometry class I was taking as I wasn't doing very well in it. When I asked him, he looked at me and then disappeared down the hallway.
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  • Grant V. Frazer

    “Sean, it’s good, but it could be better.”

    I heard that phrase so many times sitting in Mr. Frazer’s small office in the corner of Fuller Hall; his soft but clear and almost musical voice still echoes in my head. I knew what it meant.
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  • Hovey Coles

    During storm Irene wherever I went to help (Grafton, Bartonville, etc) there were VA students. The teachers that made the biggest difference was Hovey Coles. Through all my ups and downs and immature actions, Mr. Coles instructed through his actions. I am to this day in gratitude to his kindness.
    ~ Gerald Mittica '75
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