Friday, January 12, 2007

Raymond Pellegrini (obituary)

Raymond Paul Pellegrini May 12, 2006

BRISTOL – Raymond Pellegrini died suddenly on Sunday, May 7, 2006. The son of Joseph C. and Mildred (Bevilacqua) Pellegrini, he was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 23, 1950. A graduate of State University of New York at Oneonta, he began his teaching career at Herringswell Manor School in Bury St. Edmunds, England. He later earned his M.A. in educational leadership from Castleton State College.

Mr. Pellegrini worked for 32 years as an educator and administrator in the schools of Vermont. He taught, coached and was principal at Mt. Abraham Union High School (MAUHS) for 12 years, was a teaching principal at Monkton Elementary School for five years, served as principal at Middlebury Union Middle School for 10 years, was superintendent in Milton for two years, and had served as the executive director of the Vermont Principals' Association since July 2003.

Mr. Pellegrini was recognized with several awards, including Outstanding Teacher, MAUHS; UVM Outstanding Teacher Award; and the John Winton Award (Middle Level Principal of the Year). He served on the board of directors of Vermont Middle Level Educators and the Secondary School Commission of NEASC. He established such programs as the Education Recognition Program and Study Circles, implemented breakfast programs and created the "Challenge Diploma."

An advocate in the state Legislature, he was an authority on curriculum, administration and issues of equality, justice and protection in Vermont schools.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Lucy C. B. Pellegrini; sons Christopher of Tokyo, Japan, and Scott of San Diego, Calif.; daughter Katie of Burlington; his parents of Dorset; his sister Darinda of Schenectady, N.Y.; three nephews; and many in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins and their children. He was predeceased by his brother Donald in 1993.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond P. Pellegrini "Reach for the Stars" Scholarship, dedicated to a student destined to be the first in their family to attend an instate college and stay in Vermont after graduation, c/o: VPA; 2 Prospect St., Suite 3, Montpelier, VT 05602, or to Save the Children: 54 Witton Road, Westport, CT 06880.

There will be a rite of Christian burial with Holy Eucharist at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, at 10 a.m. today. There will a celebration and remembrance of Mr. Pellegrini's life of service to the children of Vermont on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, with a reception to follow.

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