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A Decade Later: Remembering Two Late, Great St. Johnsbury Men - Christopher Ryan

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A decade later: remembering two late, great St. Johnsbury men

To The Editor:

The new year of 2013 will mark the tenth anniversaries of the deaths of two leading and fondly remembered St. Johnsbury citizens of the latter half of the 20th century - Dr. Frederick C. Silloway, DDS and Joseph M. Sherman.

Fred Silloway (1933-2003), SJA Class of 1951 and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, was a skilled and professionally awarded St. Johnsbury practitioner of dentistry who also served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. A Morrisville, VT native, a U.S. Army veteran, and a dentist with a kindly manner to alleviate the discomfort of his patients in the dental chair, Dr. Silloway was deeply committed to the betterment of St. Johnsbury. His civic activities were countless including serving as president of the St. Johnsbury Academy Board of Trustees and president and chairman of the board of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Fred Silloway was awarded The Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1998.

Joe Sherman (1926-2003), president of the former Citizens' Savings Bank, was a Brattleboro, VT native, graduate of Vermont Academy in the Class of 1944, and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII Pacific Theater action at The Battle of Okinawa. Arriving in St. Johnsbury in 1962, Sherman moved up the ranks at Citizens' Bank to become president in 1972 and remained an outstanding and beloved banker until his retirement in 1988. His community service included a stellar resume: director of the Fairbanks Foundation, president of the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club, director and trustee of Burke Mountain Academy, and director of the St. Johnsbury Development Fund. Blessed with a kindly smile and personality, Sherman was the recipient of the 1977 Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce/St. Johnsbury Citizen of the Year Award and in retirement served as both a Vermont state senator and state representative in the Republican party.

Moreover, both men were wonderful husbands and fathers and remain greatly missed on the St. Johnsbury civic landscape today. However, their memories and good works live on in St. Johnsbury. As the approaching Christmas season reminds us to recollect all of the many blessings in our lives, the memories of the good deeds of both Fred Silloway and Joe Sherman remain strong. God rest their souls.


Christopher E. Ryan

Alexandria, Va.


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