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Memorial Gifts

SAM_RUSSELL_5.07In moments of joy, gratitude, or sadness, we often search for the right way to commemorate or honor a special person. Sterling College welcomes gifts made in memory of, or in honor of individuals. You can make your gift online now, and indicate on the form whose memory you would like to honor with your donation.

To make arrangements for a memorial gift please contact Micki Martin at (802) 586-7711 x 101 or at mmartin@sterlingcollege.edu.

Memorial Gift in the Name of Sam Russell, 1927-2014

Sam Russell (pictured, right) was on the Board of Trustees for Sterling College for ten years. He was part of a Sterling family; his son went to Sterling College, and his wife was the Director of Admission. Sam was also the architect of the McCarthy Barn and its lead builder. He designed the project and led construction crews and Sterling students. He then went on to do the same with the Brown Library. Sam liked the empowerment of community members to raise the buildings.

Memorial Gift in the Name of Thomas Nathan Garnish ’95

Thomas Nathan Garnish passed away peacefully at home on May 11, 2013, after a long, valiant fight with pulmonary fibrosis.

He attended Sterling College from 1993-1995 and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Resource Management.  He then went on to study boatbuilding at The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Arundel, Maine.

The following is a statement Tom sent to Sterling last year. “Hello everyone in the class of ‘95, just a quick note to get myself off of the ‘lost’ alumni list. I always knew where I was. Right now I am building wooden boats for Devlin Designing Boat Builders in Olympia, WA. I moved here in late December from Maine and love it, but I must admit I do miss the northeast. I hope everyone is happy and well.”

A dear friend of his, Bob Gould ’95, contacted Sterling shortly after Tom passed away.  He wrote that he and fellow Sterling classmates were deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s recent passing.  They will be donating in Tom’s memory and they invite all of Tom’s friends and classmates to do the same.