• Ned E. Herrin Jr.
    December 26,2012
     

    Ned E. Herrin Jr.

    Ned E. Herrin Jr.

    RANDOLPH — Ned Everett Herrin Jr., 84, of Randolph, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at his home.

    He was born July 27, 1928, and raised as the only child of Ned Everett Sr. and Euphemia “Effie” (MacLean) Herrin, in Concord, N.H.

    He attended Concord High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1950. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1971.

    In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Elberta Ruth Farrar, of Canterbury, N.H. They were married for 39 years until her death in 1991. In 1995, he married Dorothy Lee (Thompson) Herrin, of Randolph.

    Following his graduation from UNH, he worked over a seven-year period for the Highway and Public Works Department in New Hampshire as a resident engineer, interrupted by two years’ service in the U.S. Army as an engineer at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. In 1957, he accepted a position as instructor at Vermont Technical College (then the Vermont Agricultural and Technical Institute) in the Civil Engineering Technology Department. That would begin a 33-year engagement with VTC that marked his passion for education and instruction.

    He joined the faculty just as VTC launched a new emphasis on technological fields, and he was instrumental in designing the department’s curriculum. He taught a number of subjects in the program — among them surveying, a favorite class that put him outside with his students. He was particularly focused on bringing practical content to his students, in and out of the classroom. For many years, he advised civil engineering students in an annual collegiate competition for designing, building and river-testing concrete canoes. He would rise to a full professor and served as department chairman at VTC. For five years beginning in 1975, he served as president of the college, stepping down from that position in 1980 to return to teaching. He served a year as academic dean at the conclusion of his career and then retired from the college in 1990. He was granted the title of professor emeritus upon his retirement.

    Upon settling in Randolph, he and Elberta built a home on Greenhouse Avenue, where they raised their family. His skills and enjoyment of building were manifest not only in the home he built, but also in his woodworking and his involvement with Habitat for Humanity in Randolph. He was instrumental in the first two Habitat homes built in the village and assisted with construction work on the third house (by then he was in his 80s) — built across from his former home on Sand Hill. This engagement with community was also present in his volunteer service on various community projects and committees. He was active as a member of the local University Club and in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from his high school years, meeting both his spouses at church.

    Beyond his passions for teaching and woodworking, he found great joy in the outdoors — a dedicated hiker in the White Mountains’ Presidential Range who preferred a good camping holiday to a business trip. He was attentive to his family heritage — with long affection for Prince Edward Island (Canada) and twice visiting ancestral grounds in western Scotland.

    Survivors include his second wife, Dorothy Lee Herrin; his children and their spouses, Carl and Deborah Herrin (Silver Spring, Md.), Kay and John Benson (West Roxbury, Mass.), Glenn and Kathy Herrin (Brattleboro), and Gregg and Chintana Herrin (Parkesburg, Pa.); and four grandchildren, Nicole Herrin, Sean Herrin, Spencer Herrin and Hannah Benson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elberta Farrar Herrin.

    A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Universalist Church in Barre. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Red Schoolhouse at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. There are no calling hours. He was buried at the Randolph Center Cemetery Dec. 16, attended by immediate family and close friends.

    The family prefers that contributions in his memory be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of VT and NH, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, VT 05001-0976. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.

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