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Subject:

Vermont Research Center Names JSC Professor Emeritus Duffy to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Kristin Peterson-Ishaq <[log in to unmask]>

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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.
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***********************************************************
Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
     and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT  05401-3439
Email: <[log in to unmask]>; Telephone: 802-656-8363
Fax: 802-656-8518; Web site: <www.uvm.edu/~crvt>


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