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For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2008
Vermont Research Center Names JSC Professor Emeritus Duffy to Receive
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Center for Research on Vermont is pleased to announce that Johnson
State College (JSC) Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities John J.
Duffy has received the center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, according to
Center Director Robert Rodgers. He received the award at the center’s
annual meeting on May 1, 2008, at the University of Vermont (UVM).
John Duffy of Isle La Motte, Vt., was inducted as the recipient of the
center’s award for his enduring contributions to research vital to the
state and citizens of Vermont. At the award ceremony, UVM Professor
Emeritus of History Samuel B. Hand, former center director, paid tribute
to Duffy’s many achievements in Vermont research. He noted that to date
Duffy has published six books on Vermont—with two more
forthcoming—including the two-volume _Ethan Allen and His Kin: The
Correspondence, 1772–1819_ (1998), for which he was chief editor, and
_The Vermont Encyclopedia_ (2003), which he edited with Hand and Ralph
H. Orth, UVM professor emeritus of English. Hand cited numerous other
contributions Duffy has made to the state, including his service as
former Vermont Historical Society director (1971–1972) and editor of
Vermont History (1971–1973). He has served on numerous state boards,
including the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Bicentennial
Commission, Board of Historic Sites, Fish and Wildlife Board, Public
Records Advisory Board, and Statehouse Preservation Committee. In 1987
he was elected assistant judge (side judge) in the Vermont Superior
Court for Grand Isle County.
Duffy, who is a New Jersey native, earned his undergraduate degree from
Georgetown University. He was discharged from the army in 1957, and
shortly thereafter arrived in Burlington to enroll in UVM where he
earned his master’s degree in English. He subsequently received a Ph.D.
in English at Syracuse University. He has taught at Mercersburg Academy,
Rider College, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
the University of Maryland, the University of New Hampshire, the
University of Vermont, and Johnson State College where, in addition to
teaching English, he served as dean/chair of both the Humanities and
Social Sciences divisions before retiring to pursue writing and sailing.
John Duffy has been an active member of the Center for Research on
Vermont since 1975. He served on the center’s executive committee from
1978 to 1983, and was chair of the editorial board from 1981 to 1983. He
has participated in many center activities, including the National
Endowment for the Humanities-funded series “Lake Champlain: Reflections
on Our Past” sponsored by the center and Burlington’s Fletcher Free
Library, and has presented a number of research-in-progress seminars in
the center’s long-running series. “All of us—Center members, Vermont
researchers, and everyone interested in Vermont—have numerous excellent
reasons for recognizing John Duffy’s long-time contributions to the
state,” said Center Director Robert Rodgers at the May 1 award ceremony.
Established in 1975 by University of Vermont faculty with
Vermont-related teaching and research interests, the Center for Research
on Vermont has a record of more than thirty years of service to the
state as an interdisciplinary network joining like-minded persons from
Vermont institutions and professions—including government, K–12 and
higher education, social services, the media, museums and other cultural
organizations, and independent scholars—whose combined activities make
the Center for Research on Vermont the singular clearinghouse for all
Vermonters for Vermont-related research.
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT 05401-3439
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Fax: 802-656-8518; Web site: <www.uvm.edu/~crvt>