Date of BirthDecember 25, 1933

Theodore Sutton Gochenour Obituary

Date of BirthDecember 25, 1933

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Date of PassingNovember 16, 2016

Theodore Sutton Gochenour Obituary

from Washington, Vermont, United States

Date of BirthDecember 25, 1933

Theodore Sutton Gochenour Obituary

Date of BirthDecember 25, 1933

363 Views

Date of PassingNovember 16, 2016

Theodore Sutton Gochenour Obituary

from Washington, Vermont, United States


Brattleboro - Theodore Sutton Gochenour, Jr., 82, of West Dummerston and Brattleboro passed away peacefully on November 16, 2016 in Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH after a long period of declining health.Ted was born on December 25, 1933 in Washington, D.C. and graduated from high school from Mt. Rainier High School in Maryland in 1951. He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland where he also graduated from the ROTC program as an air force officer. After college, he joined the USAF and served as a pilot, flying F-86 Sabre jets. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in 1957 after serving in Libya and as a reserve officer was promoted to Captain.He married Carol Blanchard in 1958, and with their first child, Sarah (b. 1961), went to live in Afghanistan so Ted could pursue his love of Persian Language and Literature at Kabul University. Their second child, Sharrock (b. 1963) was born in Kabul and shortly after establishing the Fullbright Fellowship program at Kabul University, he and the family returned to the U.S. where Ted earned his Master's degree from Harvard University.In 1966 Ted came to work as a cross-cultural trainer for several Peace Corps Training Programs run by the Experiment in International Living (EIL) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Following that he was hired by the School for International Training (SIT) to be the Director of the International Career Training Program, a master's degree program, the family then took up residence in West Dummerston in 1967.In 1980 after the marriage ended, Ted proceeded to build his own house in West Dummerston. In 1983, he accepted the job of Director of the English as a Second Language/Cultural Orientation (ESL/CO) program at the PRPC refugee camp in the Philippines. As director of the ESL/CO Program, he supervised some 2000 Filipinos and Americans teaching English and American Culture to Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees who were coming to resettle in the U.S.Shortly after his arrival in the Philippines, Ted met Yolanda (nee Cabiluna) of Cebu City, Cebu, who worked as an English teacher at the camp. In 1985, they married and returned to the U.S. He then wrote Considering Filipinos (1990) published by Intercultural Press in Maine. In 1989, Ted and Yoli went to live in Nepal where Ted worked as the Director of International Development Enterprises, funded by the World Bank. They returned to West Dummerston in 1990 and Ted then worked for EIL as the editor of the second edition of Beyond Experience: An Experiential Approach to Cross-Cultural Education (1993). In 1995, Ted became the Vice-President for the International Programs Division of World Learning (formerly EIL), in charge of the student exchange programs between colleges and universities in the U.S. and other nations worldwide. In 1996, he left World Learning and with his wife, went on travels to Ephesus, Turkey and Rome. During the winters they enjoyed staying in the Philippines.Ted was an accomplished classical pianist and organist and was one of the original members of Blanche Moyse Chorale, in addition to being one of the members of the BMC Board of Trustees. He was also an active member of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Putney for 15 years prior to joining St. Michael Parish.Aside from his wife, Yolanda, Ted is survived by his daughter, Sarah Hudock (Dean), granddaughter, Jennifer Skye, sister, Marian Dahl of Rockville, MD, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Agnes (nee Cobb) and Theodore Gochenour, Sr., his sister, Margaret Whitman of Falls Church, VA, and his son, Sharrock (Rocky) Gochenour of Brattleboro.SERVICES: The liturgy of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church with Father Fred McLachlan, S.S.E. as the officiating priest and Father Justin Baker as concelebrant. Committal rites and burial will be private the following day.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Ted may be sent to the Brattleboro Music Center.To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com[ML($aTAMANIUK.JPG)]

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