Sanborn Partridge – Shelburne

Sanborn Partridge passed away peacefully, in Wake Robin Retirement Community of Shelburne, on Jan. 13, 2013. He was born on April 30, 1915, in Proctor to Frank C. Partridge and Sarah Sanborn Partridge. He graduated from Westminster School, Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1936, and in 1939 he earned one of few combined degrees ever granted by Yale Law School and Harvard Business School. During the next three years he practiced law in Rutland and was Town Grand Juror. From 1942 through 1945 he was in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, becoming a first lieutenant. He did graduate work in geology at Yale from 1946 to 1950 and then taught geology first at the University of Kansas and then at Amherst College, and did extensive field work in Utah. He then returned to Vermont and became an expert in oriental rugs and old coins and gave a set of these to the Fleming Museum and another set to the American Numismatic Society. From 1961 to 1970 he served in the Vermont General Assembly and 1970 to 1981 in the Senate. He was a part of the “Young Turks,” a group of Republicans and Democrats who worked on many projects for Vermont. He was a member of the executive board of the University of Vermont. He served on the boards of Historical Societies, several library boards, the Rutland Hospital, the Red Cross and the Union Church of Proctor. He led canoe trips with the youth groups of the Union Church. He served as a scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts, President of the Green Mountain Council, on the Region One executive Board, and the International Committee of the BSA’s National Board. He attended international jamborees and was awarded the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope and the Order of the Arrow. Sanborn spent his last years happily at Wake Robin with his siblings. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Coulter and brother, Charles, and is survived by his sister, Ruth; brother, David and sister-in-law, Dee; eight nieces and nephews; 15 grandnieces and nephews; and five great-grandnieces and nephews. There will be a Circle of Remembrance at Wake Robin on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 3 pm. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Green Mountain Boy Scout Council or the Vermont Historical Society.

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