• Robert G. Hindmarsh
    October 16,2012
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    Robert G. Hindmarsh

    PUTNEY — Robert Gray Hindmarsh, 86, died Oct. 12, 2012, at his home.

    He was born June 18, 1926, in Cranston, R.I., the son of Lura (Gray) and Alexander Tulloch Hindmarsh.

    He was a veteran of World War II, participating in the Battle for Okinawa with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

    After the service, Mr. Hindmarsh returned to Cornell University, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. in Agriculture and received a Master of Science from Brown University in 1962.

    During college, he worked at the dairy farm of Henry and Thyra Foster in Warwick, R.I. As a crop specialist for Eastern States Farmer’s Exchange, he covered Western Massachusetts. In 1957, he and his wife were among the founders of The Meeting School, a Quaker school in Rindge, N.H., where he taught math and biology, and ran the school farm. He later taught at The Cambridge Friends School in Concord, Mass. He was a fundraiser for American Friends Service Committee, serving New England, and became vice president of development in Philadelphia.

    In Putney, he was a lister, a member of the historical society and Meals on Wheels volunteer.

    Mr. Hindmarsh enjoyed exploring the backroads, growing fruits and vegetables, and blueberry pie.

    Survivors include his wife, Thera Mary (Foster), whom he married July 7, 1951; four children, Alison Briggs of Chittenden, Elizabeth of Wilder, Walter of Northampton, Mass., and Thomas of Charlestown, N.H.; two granddaughters; two brothers, George of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Alexander of West Springfield, Mass.

    He was predeceased by a sister, Lura Blodgett.

    The memorial service will be held a later date.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Food Bank, PO Box 471, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Ker-Westerlund Funeral & Cremation Service in Brattleboro.
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