Milestones

Births
Shelburne residents Heather Auclair and Bjorn Israel had a daughter, Linnea Jean Auclair-Israel, on Sept. 16, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Deaths
Dr. Elisabeth Jean (Hudson) Heininger – Corning, N.Y.
Dr. Elisabeth Jean Hudson Heininger, 48, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, after a long and courageous battle against Lyme disease with manifestations of Multiple Sclerosis. Lis received her Doctorate in Recreation Administration from Indiana University, and taught at East Carolina University and Corning Community College, before her illness became too severe. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corning, N.Y. Among her survivors is a mother- and father-in-law, Priscilla and Jim Heininger of Shelburne. Services and burial was held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Corning, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lis’s honor to a scholarship fund being set up for her daughter, Marisa. Checks may be made payable to: Andrew Heininger, and sent to: Marisa Heininger Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1272, Corning, NY 14830.

Mildred Howard – Shelburne
Mildred Howard, 96, passed away on Sept. 27, 2014, in Shelburne. She was the loving mother of Laurence Howard (Crystal), and Willa Kravitz. She is also survived by grandchildren, Dana Freeman (Andy), Vanessa Violette (Lance), David Kravitz, and Heather Doyle (Matt); great- grandchildren, Flynn, Callahan, Xavier, Oscar, Isadore, Hannah, and Joshua. Mildred (“Gram”, as she was known to her family) was a tiny ball of energy that taught her family how to live life to the fullest. At the age of 60 she graduated sum cum laude from Queens College. A career woman, retiring at age 84 and world traveler, she shared her love of travel with the entire family. She was a dedicated health care professional, serving as Administrator of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at City Hospital Center, Elmhurst, N.Y.; Administrator of the Radiology Department, Mt. Sinai Hospital; Administrator of the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.; and an integral part of the Nephrology Department at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the University of California in Los Angeles. Mildred served on the Board of the Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Godwin Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing, NY 11367; or a charity of the donor’s choice. The family had a small bon voyage cruise to celebrate her life.

Thomas “Tom” Siccama
– Shelburne
Thomas “Tom” Siccama, 78, of Shelburne, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston with his family by his side. Tom was born July 6, 1936, in Rahway, N.J., to Theodore and Alaneda Siccama. As a young boy growing up in rural New Jersey near his grandfather’s and grandmother’s farm, he always enjoyed being outdoors in the forest or spending time with the chickens and garden at the farm. This is what inspired his love of nature and the natural world. Tom was a quiet man who loved his garden, huge raspberry patch, and his cats. Tom attended the University of Vermont where he obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. He was invited to teach at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) by Professor Herbert Bormann as a Post-Doctoral student, and continued to teach at the Yale FES for 42 years as a professor of Forest Ecology and Director of Field Studies. He was well known for his courses, where he would take students into the forests and fields of New England to learn about the local ecosystems. He received the Forestry school’s top teaching and advising award – four times – and authored or co-authored more than 120 research papers. Tom began his career-long participation in the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1966. His innovative research on the nutrient dynamics of the vegetation and soils over the next 46 years helped to establish Hubbard Brook as the world’s leading study on forested ecosystems. The results from his scholarship informed public policy debates regarding acid rain, sustainable forestry, and climate change. In addition, his commitment to the collection and conservation of long-term data not only established an invaluable baseline by which to measure the impact of environmental stressors on these forests, but also inspired former students to carry on his work at Hubbard Brook. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judith Siccama of Shelburne; daughter, Carolyn Siccama and her husband, Chris Trapeni, and his granddaughter, Carly Trapeni, of Shelburne; sister-in-law, Sharon Roa and her husband, Glen Roa; brother-in-law, George Pillsbury and his wife, Celine Pillsbury; and his cat, Willow. A private ceremony will be held to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven, CT 06512.