A sculpture honoring beloved professor Dick Hathaway will be unveiled at 5:30pm, Thursday September 25 at the Green of Vermont College of Fine Arts – 36 College Street Montpelier. Reminiscences about Dick Hathaway, his life and his many contributions to the Montpelier Community will be shared by speakers Ben Scotch, Michael Sherman and John Turner, all longtime friends and associates of Mr. Hathaway. A reception will follow inside the T.W.Wood Gallery and Arts Center.
Dick Hathaway — Professor Richard Hathaway, as he would almost never allow himself to be called — shocked all his friends when he left this world quickly and quietly the victim of a heart attack at age 71.A brilliant historian, learned, thorough, always searching. But more than that, Dick Hathaway was a rare combination — an outgoing, happy scholar with a burning social conscience; a serious intellectual with a glad heart and a sense that life, even when difficult, was often slightly funny.
He was born in Boston, educated at Bates College and Northwestern University. He taught at Bowdoin and came to Goddard College in Plainfield in 1965. When Goddard downsized, Hathaway moved to Vermont College and later Union Institute, where he became what one colleague described as “the spiritual core of the Adult Degree Program.”
In 2004 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Union Institute for his role as a distinguished teacher, scholar, mentor, and civic leader.
About the Artist:
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is an artist, sculptor, writer, educator, public speaker. Twenty years ago she began experimenting with sculpture. Soon after, she dedicated her life to the art and gave up her career in advertising and marketing to become a full-time sculptor. Ms. Mongeon is an alumnus of Vermont College, then owned and operated by the Union Institute, having graduated with a Bachelors in Arts.