Susan L. Baltz, 48
Ferrisburgh - Susan L. Baltz, 48 died Wednesday October 2, 2002, at her home in Ferrisburgh, surrounded by her family.
She was born on September 9, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of Leslie W. and Janet (Coy) Baltz.
Susan was employed as a front office manager at the Basin Harbor Club. She moved to Vermont six years ago and found many friends. She came to love the beauty of the state and the people and called it her home.
Her passion was horses and in Ohio she was the owner of Greystone Farm.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Mullin; her parents Janet and Bud Baltz; her sisters, Pat Walter and her husband, Larry, and Debbie Easton and her husband, Craig; a brother-in-law, Gary DeRocco; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Yvonne DeRocco.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Vergennes. Interment will be in Cleveland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.
Arthur Scott Bapp, 84
Bristol - Arthur Scott Bapp, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at his home in Bristol, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Underhill on Sept 26, 1918, the 15th child of Fred and Hattie (Brown) Bapp. He married Ruth Pierce on August 27, 1966.
He was educated in Underhill schools and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He loved all animals and outdoor farm life, working several farms in the Chittenden County area.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Bapp of Bristol; four children, Raymond Bapp of Leicester, Rose Emmons of Washington, Isabell Lantheir of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Christopher Bapp of Bristol; three grandchildren; a sister, Gertrude (Trudy) Murphy of Moretown; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by many brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday in Bristol, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Contribution may be made to the family.
Robert Wayne Giard, 79
Bridport- Robert Wayne Giard, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Bridport on Jan. 24, 1923, the son of Victor and Marguerite (Nadeau) Giard, and was a lifelong resident of Bridport. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1942 and served in United States Army. On Oct. 25, 1952, he married Hila Huestis.
He was a dairy farmer until his retirement in 1977. Afterwards he worked for Monument Farms Dairy in Weybridge for 20 years, until his health forced him to retire.
Outside of his farming, he enjoyed hunting, and he loved mowing his lawn and watching TV.
Surviving is his wife of 49 years, Hila Giard of Bridport; one son, Wayne Giard and his wife, Kelly, of Brandon; one daughter, Lori-Anne Kimball of Williston; six grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard Giard and his wife, Doris, and Russell Giard and his wife, Ellie, all of Bridport; one sister, Kathryn Myrick of Bridport; two aunts, Vivian Jackson and Violet Nadeau of Bridport; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan Dufresne, in 1998, and three brothers, Walter, Wallace and Arthur Giard.
Funeral services were held on Sunday in Middlebury, followed by graveside committal services and burial in Bridport Central Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be to Town Line First Response, P.O. Box 82, Bridport, Vt. 05734.
William Richard Rowe, 92
BRANDON - William Richard Rowe, 92, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 3, 2002, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Rutland.
He was born in Pittsford on Oct. 31, 1909, the son of John A. and Ellen (Warner) Rowe. He received his early education in a one-room schoolhouse in Florence. In his earlier years he worked as a crane operator at Patch-Wagner Foundry in Rutland. He later worked a short time at Rutland Creamery.
He embarked on his career as a barber at Hollywood Barber Shop on Merchants Row in Rutland, where he learned the trade from Ivan Tyler. Mr. Tyler sent him to barber school in Boston. After his training, he returned to Vermont and opened Rowe's Barber Shop in Brandon in 1932. He owned and operated the shop with his son until finally retiring in 1999, after working 69 years as a barber.
He had been a resident of Rutland since 1978. He was a member of St. Paul's Masonic Lodge No. 42 in Brandon. He also belonged to Farmers Chapter No. 9 and Farmers Council No. 9 Royal Arch Masons.
Surviving are his wife Catherine (Hyjek) Rowe of Rutland, whom he married April 2, 1977; one son, Richard W. Rowe of Brandon; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased in 1971 by his first wife, Evelyn A. Rowe, whom he married in May 1934, and by a sister, Sheila Bovi, in 1998.
The funeral service was held on Saturday at the Brandon Congregational Church. A graveside Masonic service was conducted by members of St. Paul's Masonic Lodge at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts of flowers may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733.
CORNWALL - Gloria Shaw died Oct. 2, 2002, at her Cornwall home in the loving care of a team of family members, caretakers and Addison County Home Health & Hospice staff and volunteers. The cause of death was cancer of the liver, which Mrs. Shaw quietly endured for some months with the same dignity and thoughtfulness with which she accepted the onslaught of Parkinson's disease years earlier. She was 80 years old.
Gloria touched many people in the Middlebury, Charlotte and Burlington area during her nearly 50 years residence here. She was known for her generosity of spirit and her ability to mix people of all ages in lively social gatherings. A lady of great taste and style, her creativity was always evident to her guests at her homes in Cornwall and on Thompson's Point in Charlotte.
Gloria was a dancer and choreographer with a keen eye for design and dress. She and her late husband, Gilbert Shaw, designed their house in Cornwall and the distinctive buildings of the Polymers Company on Route 116 in Middlebury during the 1950s and 1960s. Until her very last year she gave dance classes in her homes to friends that over the years developed into a supportive group, which she referred to as the "Sisterhood." Gloria was a vigorous part of the Middlebury Community Players and choreographed many of their musical productions, as well as fund-raisers for the Porter Hospital. She served faithfully on the board of Green Mountain College for six years and was an early member of the Vermont Mozart Festival organizing board.
Gloria Eksergian Shaw was born in Philadelphia on October 10, 1921. She was raised in an artistic and academic home living with her grandfather, Carnig Eksergian, a noted portrait painter, her mother, Maydell Hagenbuch, an accomplished cellist, and her father and uncle, Rupen and Levon Eksergian, distinguished graduates of MIT, who were known respectively for their design work on cannons, locomotives and automobile brakes. Gloria's childhood memories at the dinner table often included international luminaries in the fields of physics and materials science.
Her mother, Maydell, was an early patron of the late composer Alan Hovhaness, who stayed at Gloria's Cornwall home when he visited Vermont in 1981 to conduct his symphony "To The Green Mountains."
Gloria was an accomplished horseback rider and dancer as a young woman. In her teenage years she danced with a professional troupe including venues with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performances at Longwood Gardens. After schooling at Quaker schools in Philadelphia, she attended Bennington College and the Julliard School of Music. At both institutions she studied with Martha Graham, and at Julliard she studied music theory with Louis Horst, who was Graham's mentor.
During World War II she married Geisse Fuguet and moved to a historic farmhouse in Bucks County, Pa., where she and her husband raised trotters and pacers. Her daughter, Gay (Fuguet) Regan, was born here.
Gloria's interest in travel led her to Vermont in a curious way. In 1953 she began traveling extensively in Europe and South America. That year she met her second husband, Gilbert Shaw, on the maiden voyage of the Andrea Doria and she later joined Gil in Middlebury. At home she became the close friend and confidant of Gil's children as well as a nurturing mother and grandmother to her daughter and grandchildren. Gil and Gloria were constant companions and continued to pursue their love of travel, visiting Gil's extrusion patent licensees the world over and adventuring on ocean liners and yachts for pleasure until his untimely death in 1973.
During an extended period of grief after Gil's death, Gloria spent winters helping a long time friend manage Galley Bay resort on Antigua. It was there that she met Dr. Frederic Wertz, her loving companion of her latter years. Dr. Wertz retired from his prominent psychiatric practice in Tenafly, N.J., and moved to Vermont, practicing psychiatry part-time in Middlebury and Shelburne. Together Gloria and Fred enjoyed theater, ballroom dancing and travel. Widowed again in 1995, Gloria's life was enriched by her ever-widening circle of family and friends. During these final years she maintained her adventurous spirit, traveling as far as Saipan to celebrate the birth of her great-grandchild, Katerina Retwaiut.
Her death was a great loss to all those who loved and admired her. Tragically, two of her Shaw daughters, Sandra Gullikson and Nancy Weil, were taken by ALS and cancer respectively during the summer of 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Gay Fuguet Regan and her husband, Peter, of Hinesburg, and a step-daughter, Mary Shaw Mackay and her husband, Alan, of Spokane, Wash.; her cousin and life-long friend, Brenda Eksergian Boehnert and her husband, Kenneth, of Sarasota, Fla., and her niece, whom she helped to raise as a teenager, Mary Jane Shaw McKee and her husband, James, of Potomac, Md. She has a number of living grandchildren: Kenneth Miller and wife Lisa, Happy Miller-Retwaiut and husband Ramon, Andrea Regan, Caressa Gullikson Houghton and husband Geoffrey, Jordan Gullikson, Margaret Mackay, Susie Mackay Healy and husband Keefe, and David Weil as well as six great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of Gloria Shaw's life is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury. Contributions may be made in Gloria's memory to Elderly Services in Middlebury or to the Addison County Home Health & Hospice.
Vernon W. Bigelow, 60
FERRISBURGH - Vernon W. Bigelow, 60, of Ferrisburgh died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born in Waltham, the son of Elizabeth (Fresn) Bigelow and the late Frank Bigelow Sr. He attended schools in Ferrisburgh and graduated from Vergennes High School. He was employed at Northland Job Corps.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Bigelow; a son, Vernon Bigelow and his wife, Michele, of Swanton; a daughter, Debra Carleton, of Springfield; a stepson, Chris Hathaway and his wife, Robin, of Williamstown; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Griffen of Williamstown; three sisters, Alice Husk and her husband, Neil, of Ferrisburgh, Betty Dague of Burlington, and Rose Stone of Winooski; a brother, Frank Bigelow Jr. and his wife, Rosaline, of New Haven; three grandsons; four granddaughters; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Frank Bigelow Sr., in 1975, and a brother, Chester Bigelow, in 1981.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Winooski, followed by interment in Milton Village Cemetery.
Reatha A. Stokes, 89
South Starksboro - Reatha A. Stokes, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1913, in Starksboro, the daughter of Andrew and Olive (Dwire) Hallock.
With her husband, Samuel Stokes, she owned and operated the family farm in South Starksboro. He died Nov. 4, 1977.
She is survived by a son, Teddy Stokes of South Starksboro; two daughters, Betty J. Norris of New Haven and Dixie L. Goodrich of Bristol; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Betty Jo, in 2000.
Funeral services were held Monday in Bristol, followed by interment in Green Mountain Cemetery in Starksboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to WomenSafe, P.O. Box 67, Middlebury, Vt. 05753
Edmond E. Atkins, 69
Burlington - Edmond Eldon Atkins, 69, died on Oct. 27, 2002, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Ferrisburgh on January 15, 1933, the son of John and Mildred (DeCoursey) Atkins.
He worked on the family farm on Walker Road in Ferrisburgh until 1998. His favorite motto was "Work does not hurt anyone." He served in the U.S. Army from August 1955 until July 1957 in Germany.
He is survived by his wife, Gisele Latreille, and their daughter, Ardenia; two stepdaughters, Suzele Smith and Deborah Whitney and her husband, Andy; his son Eldon Atkins; three granddaughters and one grandson; three brothers, Hubert Atkins and his wife, Linda, Rollin Atkins and Arland Atkins; three nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in Vergennes, followed by interment in Gage Cemetery, Ferrisburgh.
Patrick Joseph Coyle, 84
Ferrisburgh - Patrick Joseph Coyle, 84, died on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at his home in Ferrisburgh.
He was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Lacolle, Quebec, the son of Michael and Alma (Gates) Coyle.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes, Holy Names Society of Vergennes, Knights of Columbus fourth degree of Burlington, Our Family Fellowship of Vergennes, Catholic Family Fellowship of Burlington, Catholic Golden Age of Burlington, and Prison Volunteers.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 52 years, Marie (Little) Coyle.
He is survived by his wife Agnes (Bonnie) Coyle; 16 children, Annette and Dan Baronoski of North Carolina, Jeanne and Neil Bean of Texas, Harold and Jennifer Coyle of Ferrisburgh, James and Pamela Coyle of Ferrisburgh, Kathleen Provoncha of New York, Adele Coyle of Ferrisburgh, Caroline and David Bitler of Panton, Therese and Leon Flanders of Cambridge, Louise and Mark St. Jacques of New York, Joseph and Glenna Coyle of Ferrisburgh, Mary Coyle of Ferrisburgh, Dr. Gael Coyle and Mile Sliles of England, Judith and Robert Hart of Monkton, Dolores Coyle-Quirk and Jeffrey Quirk of Connecticut; Sue and Claus Kjaer of Massachusetts, John Coyle of Monkton, and Sherry Coyle of Monkton; 25 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Adrienne Paduchak of New Hampshire and Mary and Charles Shover of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Theodore Coyle; a daughter, Patricia Coyle; a grandson, Scott Coyle; a granddaughter, Martha Hart; and a sister, Agnes Cousineau.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to St Peter's Catholic Church, Vergennes, Vt. 05491, or to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes, Vt. 05491.
Leonard Robert Cunningham, 69
Vergennes - Leonard Robert Cunningham, 69, a longtime resident of Vergennes, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002.
He was born in Addison, on Nov. 28, 1932, the son of Eldred "Dud" Cunningham and Lilah (LaRose) Cunningham Delorme.
He was married in St. Peter's Church in Vergennes on Aug. 23, 1958, to Clara (Chamberlain) Cunningham.
He served with the U. S. Army 17th Infantry Regiment in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Vermont National Guard and Army Reserves for 21 years, retiring as Sergeant First Class.
After 37 years at Simmonds Precision-Hercules-Goodrich Corp., he retired in 1993.
He was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Vergennes, where he served as an usher for over 40 years.
His greatest enjoyment in life was his family.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Clara; three daughters, Michelle and her husband, David Savageau, of Rutland, Catherine Cunningham of Proctor, and Lisa and her husband, David Supanich, of Lusby, Md.; a son, Leonard Robert "Rob" Cunningham II and his wife, Wendy, of North Hero; five grandchildren; his twin sister, Lucille Nelson of Connecticut; two sisters, Beverly Peck, and her husband, Floyd, of Middlebury, and Kimberley Laughner and her husband, Dan, of New Hampshire; two brothers, Richard Cunningham and his wife, Harriet Patrick, of Charlotte, and David Cunningham of Massachusetts; a sister-in-law, Arlene Cunningham of Burlington, and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Casey of Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Eldred Cunningham, his sister, Rosaline Casey, and his stepfather, Lawrence Delorme.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Vergennes, with interment in St. Peter's Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad or the Vergennes United Methodist Church, Vergennes, Vt. 05491.
BRANDON - Norman Chauncey Bailey, 79, died early Sunday, October 27, 2002, at his home in Brandon.
He was born in Leicester on April 11, 1923, the son of William and Celia (Brown) Bailey. He received his early education in Leicester schools.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Forces. He was directly involved in the air offensive against Japan in the western Pacific, serving with the 28th Bombardment Squadron of the 19th Bomb Group. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Vermont and worked as an automobile mechanic with his brothers in Forestdale. He later co-owned and operated Bailey Brothers Exxon in Brandon. He retired in 1993 after more than 50 years as an auto mechanic.
He was a former member of Brandon American Legion Post 55. He enjoyed hunting, and lived to fish, especially with his fishing buddies Gene Foss, James "Mickey" Disorda and Perley Disorda.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Disorda) Bailey of Brandon, whom he married in Leicester June 22, 1948; two sons, Norman C. Bailey Jr and his wife, Eunenee of Brandon, and Robert Bailey and his wife, Debra, of Forestdale; three daughters, Linda Stone and her husband, David, of Forestdale, Carol Racine and her husband, Robert, of Leicester, and Pamela Sue Bailey of Brandon; one sister, Margaret Bailey of Brandon; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Aretta Shackett and Josephine Morcombe, and two brothers, Adrian Bailey and Nelson Bailey.
The funeral service was held Wednesday at Brandon Congregational Church, followed by a graveside committal service and burial with military honors at the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733, or to the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Chief Robert Kilpeck, 2 West Seminary St., Brandon, Vt. 05733.
Ethel Irene Fletcher, 102
LEICESTER - Ethel Irene Fletcher, 102, died early Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, 2002, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born in New Haven on Nov. 9, 1899. She was the daughter of Peter and Minnie (Gerow) Swenor. She received her early education in New Haven schools and graduated from Beeman Academy.
Following her marriage to her first husband, Leon P. Shackett, they made their home in East Middlebury, where she helped her husband farm. In 1933, they moved to Leicester where they continued farming. Mr. Shackett died in 1942.
She was the overseer of the poor in Leicester during the l940s. She later remarried, to Leo Fletcher, who died in 1965.
She was a member of the Leicester Homemakers Club and the Leicester Senior Citizens, She had attended the Leicester Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by two sons, Leon "Bucky" Shackett of Leicester and Roderick Shackett of Elyria, Ohio; seven grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Roy Shackett, and four sisters, Frances Shaw, Alice Schmaldienst, Elizabeth Ashley and Lucy Armstrong.
The funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m., at the Leicester Meeting House in Leicester. The Rev. Larry Keiser, pastor of The Leicester Church of The Nazarene, will officiate. A private graveside burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. Following the service the family will receive friends at the Leicester Senior Citizens Center for a time of fellowship and reflection.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St., Brandon, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 - 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733, or to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.
Bernard Victor Giard, 77
Bridport - Bernard V. Giard, 77, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by family.
He was born in Bridport on May 2, 1925, the son of Victor and Marguerite (Nadeau) Giard, and was a lifelong resident of Bridport. He served as a member of the National Guard, and in World War II.
On Aug. 3, 1963, he married Doris E. Moulton. He was a farmer in Bridport for many years, retiring in 1987. In addition, he was a member of the Masons, served on the Board of Civil Authority, was a selectman for the town of Bridport and was on the Tri-Town Water Board.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Doris E. Giard; seven children; Sandra Garthaffner and her husband, Robert, of Orwell; Marilynn Giard and her husband, Harry Delp, of Burlington, Richard Giard and his wife, Martita, of Fairfield, Janice Flowers and her husband, Scott, of Savannah, N.Y., Sally Billings of Leicester, Judy Giard of Bridport, and Allen Giard and his wife, Karen, of Richmond; his sister, Kathryn Myrick; his brother, Russell Giard; his aunts, Violet Nadeau and Vivian Jackson; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Walter, Wallace, Robert and Arthur Giard.
Family members described his love of family, and recalled him giving tractor rides to his grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at the family's home in Bridport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town Line First Response or the Bridport Fire Dept.
Harrison Davis, Edna Davis
WALLINGFORD, Conn. - The Rev. Harrison Davis, 90, who served as minister of the Methodist Church in Vergennes, Vt., from 1940 to 1946, died Nov. 8, 2002, at the Masonic Hospital in Wallingford, Conn.
His wife, Edna, died six days later, on Nov. 14, also at the Masonic Hospital. She would have been 89 on Nov. 17.
Rev. Davis was born in Boston in 1912. He was a 1934 graduate of Boston University and a 1937 graduate of the Boston University School of Theology.
Mrs. Davis was born in Peoria, Ill., in 1913. She was a 1937 graduate of Berea College, in Berea, Ky..
Rev. and Mrs. Davis were married in 1937 in La Crosse, Wisc.
Prior to his arrival in Vergennes, Rev. Davis served as minister at the Methodist churches in both Fair Haven and West Addison from 1937 to 1940.
He left Vergennes in 1946 to become senior minister of the Crawford Memorial Methodist Church in New York, N.Y. He also served churches in New Canaan, Conn., and New Rochelle, Newburgh and Peekskill, N.Y.
From 1960 to 1965, Rev. Davis was District Superintendent of the Brooklyn North and then the Long Island East Districts of the New York area of The United Methodist Church, where he supervised some 70 churches.
The couple died after long illnesses. They were married 65 years. From 1996 until their deaths, they lived at Ashlar Village, a retirement community in Wallingford.
They are survived by their daughter, Karen Mayer of Troy, Mich.; three sons, Paul, of Cupertino, Cal., Stephen, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and James, of Stamford Conn.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A joint memorial service will be held Jan. 25, 2003, at the Ashlar Village Retirement Community, Wallingford, Conn.
Memorials contribution may be sent to The Paget Foundation, 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602, New York, NY, 10005, or the Alzheimer's Association Inc., 919 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL, 60611.
Russell C. Hansen, 81
FORT DAVIS, Texas - Russell C. Hansen, 81, of Fort Davis and Lincoln, Vt., died Nov. 14, 2002, in an Odessa, Texas, hospital.
He was born April 10, 1921, in Highland Park, Mich., and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1953.
A former electrical engineer at Bell Labs and Xerox Corp., where he received several patents, he also taught physics for 25 years. It was after photographing rifle bullets passing through playing cards, light bulbs and bars of soap with his students that he decided to try photographing birds in flight at close range, an interest that became an exciting avocation.
Hansen photographed more than 140 species of birds within three feet of the camera for more than 27 years. He designed and built the electronic flashes and circuitry necessary to stop the wing action of a bird as it breaks a light beam which triggered a motor-driven Hasselblad camera.
He photographed birds in Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the Big Bend, using his unique techniques of high-speed strobes and light-beam triggering.
His stop-action flight photographs have appeared in numerous periodicals and books including American Birds, National Wildlife, Yankee, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fotografisk Tidsdrift, The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds, Far Out Facts (National Geographic Society), National Geographic Research, The Audubon Society Field Guide of North American Birds, and the National Audubon Society North American Bird Feeder Handbook, and more recently Peterson Field Guides, Hummingbirds of North America and Hummingbirds of the American West.
He lectured widely for Audubon chapters, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Annual Bird Conference, the Birds of Vermont Museum, The Connecticut Museum of Natural History, Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, The Southwest Research Station of The American Museum of Natural History and the North American Nature Photography Association.
His traveling exhibit, "Birds in Flight," has been featured at more than 50 museums throughout the United States since 1992.
Hansen is survived by his wife and partner Martha "Marty," who traveled extensively with him from their summer home in Vermont and their winter home in Fort Davis; daughter Susan J. McArdle of Shoreham, Vt., son David L. Hansen Sr. of Leominster, Mass.; four grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Hansen of Wyandotte, Mich.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Joan Hansen of Westland, Mich., and Ken and Joy Hansen of Plymouth, Mich.; and a niece.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m., at the United Church of Lincoln in Lincoln, Vt.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Lincoln Library, 222 West River Rd., Lincoln, VT 05443; the Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington, VT 05462; or to Magicians Without Borders, 100 George Rd., Lincoln, VT 05443.