Ames, Larry

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B.A. Brown University

Larry lives in Francestown with his wife Jay. They have five children between them but none together: Alex Holding,  Smith '06, studying to be a midwife;  Ellery Ames, University of Colorado '09, PhD candidate in Physics at University of Oregon; Mason Ames, Ecole Nationale de Cirque '09, circus performer; Liam Holding RISD '11, fine arts & painting; and Aidan Holding, ConVal High School '11, actor and speaker of German. Larry was a winemaker for almost 20 years before joining us in the spring of 2004. In addition to his duties as Assistant Facilities Manager he gardens, is kept by his bees, produces a folk concert series for a local non-profit and generally enjoys troubleshooting.

What book has made you think the most?: I'm a Pynchon fan, and it's hard to pick one book, but 'Mason & Dixon' is pretty wonderful. 'Mountains Beyond Mountains', Tracy Kidder's account of the work of Paul Farmer has been most inspiring.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: It would be really cool to be able to fly like Superman!

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: What a Wonderful World

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My dad, he taught by example.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Busy, curious, helpful. (I hope)

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Barack Obama, because he seems very genuine and interested in people, but I wouldn't let him smoke in the house!

John Lennon, just to see and hear him alive again.

Albert Einstein. to witness a great mind in action.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Jeff Bridges! Dude! 

McClellan, Dawn

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BS University of Vermont Post-grad certification ADR

Grew up in Bradford, VT.  Attended UVM, graduated in 1977 with a BS in Agriculture.  Shortly thereafter I moved to Utah, where I stayed for the next 24 years.  Worked in a number of different industries including city government, big business, light industry, and the Catholic Church.  Returned to New England several years ago to be closer to my family.  Came to DS in 2004

What book has made you think the most?: The Universe in a Single Atom by the Dalai Lama

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Wisdom and Humor

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: Bridge Over Troubled Water

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: Dr. Owen Cummings, a religious educator for the Diocese of Salt Lake.  He is a smart, funny, and warm man with a knack for feeding the souls of many in such a way that, no matter how many he is talking to, it always feels like he is speaking directlty to you.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: smart, generous, and bossy.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: The Buddha, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Aquinas just to see if they had anything to say to one another

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Geena Davis