Merton Lamden – Shelburne

Merton Lamden passed away on Nov. 23, 2013. He was born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 7, 1919, the son of Samuel Bornstein and Annie Flanzbaum. He received his B.S. degree from University of Mass. at Amherst, and his Ph.D. degree from M.I.T. From 1941 to 1943, he was Teaching Fellow at M.I.T. in Biology, and Research Staff of the M.I.T. Food Technology Laboratories. When he was in 4th grade, Merton tested positive for TB and was sent to a sanatorium for a year. For the next year after returning home, he lived a restricted life, with tutors continuing his education. He enjoyed his father’s garden, fascinated by its beauty and the growth process. At the same time, he often sat in the kitchen watching his mother cook. Those combined interests started him on his career path to becoming a nutritional biochemist. He served in the Army during W.W.II as a food chemist and bacteriologist at the Quartermaster Subsistence Research and Development Laboratory in Chicago, where he helped develop the freeze drying process to preserve food for the troops fighting in Europe. In 1942, Merton married Bunny Levenson, the girl of his dreams. They were married for 70 years. After the war, he returned to M.I.T. as a Hoffman-La Roche Research Fellow. In 1947, Dr. Lamden joined the Department of Biochemistry at the UVM College of Medicine. In 1961-62, he was a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in the Dept. of Biochemistry, University College, London. In 1976, he was a Visiting Research Biochemist at the University of California. Dr. Lamden was a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Institute of Nutrition and the Biochemistry Society. His major research focused on the nutritional biochemistry of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Merton was a kind, compassionate and generous man who was much loved by his family, colleagues, students and the community. He leaves his daughters, Carol Sacks of Plainville, Mass., and Deborah Lamden of Charlotte, and her husband, Enzo DiMaio, and his adored grandson, Ari DiMaio. Dr. Lamden was a longtime, devoted member of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, serving as Vice President from 1989 to 1995. His hobbies included photography, gardening (especially roses) and cross-country skiing. A special thanks to the third floor staff of Shelburne Bay Assisted Living and to Dr. Landry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to honor him to Partners In Adventure, a non-profit organization which his daughter started for her son in 1999, to create camps and social programs for children with disabilities serving northern Vermont: Partners In Adventure, PO Box 867, Shelburne, VT 05482.

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