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Middlebury mourns passing of Neuberger

— After the war, Neuberger matriculated at Middlebury with other skiers from the 10th Mountain Division and skied competitively for legendary coach Robert “Bobo” Sheehan ’44.

A political science major, Neuberger stayed on briefly as an assistant to the dean of men before accepting a post in the admissions office at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1955, at the urging of President Samuel Stratton, he returned to Middlebury as dean of freshmen men, director of men’s residence, and women’s ski coach, and that’s when he met his future bride, Dorothy Bigelow Neuberger ’58. In 1958 he was appointed director of admissions for men, and in 1964 President James Armstrong elevated him to director of admissions for the College. He was promoted to dean of admissions in 1985 by President Olin Robison.

Following his retirement in 1991, the board of trustees recognized Neuberger’s service by naming him dean of admissions emeritus, and the alumni association presented him with its 1991 Alumni Plaque Award.

At commencement in May 1998 the College conferred its highest honor upon Fred, an honorary doctorate. It was a moving experience for Fred to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from President John M. McCardell Jr. standing beside another World War II veteran, U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D), who delivered the address to graduates that year.

“Fred was a wonderful person to work with and work for,” said Barbara Marlow, associate director of admissions. “He hired people he believed in and then trusted us to do our jobs well. . . . Fred was honest, always. He frequently said, ‘You can always live with the truth.’ In his dealings with his staff, prospective students, and their families, he lived by that and always dealt with people in a forthright manner. Fred loved a good joke, had a great sense of humor, and could be counted on to put a smile on our faces. He will be greatly missed.”

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