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Granville “Red” Austin

Washington, D.C. — On Sunday, July 6, 2014, Granville “Red” Austin, 87, died at his home in Washington D.C. The youngest child of Captain Albert Murray Austin and Madeline Power, he was born in Boston in 1927. His two siblings were Calvin and Shirley Austin.

The Austins moved to Norwich, Vt. in 1932 and Red’s heart never left. He was taught by Marion Cross at the Norwich Public School, and then attended Hanover High School and Dartmouth College where he was a member of the ski team and the Outing Club. After graduation from Dartmouth he worked on the Valley News thinking to become a newspaperman.

An outdoorsman, mountain climber and skier, among his most cherished memories were haying with Will Bond, canoeing with Art Moffatt, and skiing with Marsh and Lib Fitzgerald and Andrea Meade Lawrence. A lifelong storyteller, in 2008 Austin published Retrieving Times (White River Press) a book of true tales of Norwich in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Married to Nancy McConnell in Paris in 1954, Red spent much of his adult life working for the U.S. government. In a partnership of close to 60 years, he and Nancy lived in Vietnam, Lebanon, England, India and the Washington D.C. area. They had four children, Kristen, Craig, Geoffrey and Hilary.

Red is best known as the author of two major books on the Indian constitution, The Indian Constitution (1966) and Working a Democratic Constitution (1999). In 2011 in honor of his work on the subject, he was awarded a Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor of the Republic of India.

He is survived by his wife; four children; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held in Washington D.C. in early September.