Victor E. Kalina
Windsor, Vt. — Victor E. Kalina, 68, a resident of Windsor and formerly of Killington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
He was born May 6, 1945 in Englewood, N.J., the son of Milton and Esther (Kaplan) Kalina. He received his schooling in Englewood and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1963. He attended and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, N.J. in 1969. He married his first wife, Jane Meyerson, in 1971 in Westport, Conn.
Mr. Kalina’s introduction to Vermont was as part of a ski club from New York/New Jersey when he was a teenager. He and his friends, many of whom he remained close to for decades, would pile into a car and drive to Sherburne where they would sleep on the floor of the early Trailside Lodge to get in a day or two of skiing before returning home. His visits to Killington evolved into a full-time job as part of the Trailside School where he ran outdoor experiential education programs on a school bus all over the United States with his first wife Jane and others. After the Trailside School was sold to the Audubon Institute he bought Trailside Lodge with his wife Jane where they lived and worked and raised their two children. He eventually sold Trailside Lodge and moved on to develop the Inn of the Six Mountains at Killington.
Victor was actively involved with tourism in Vermont where he served as Chairman of the Killington Planning Commission and a member of the Killington Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid hiker and skier, fond of biking, cooking, traveling and truly enjoyed spending time with people and especially his family. He was a committed and generous volunteer at many institutions including the Montshire Museum, the Listen Center and the Vermont Epilepsy Foundation for several years. He was an advocate for the Brain Injury Support Group, a part of the Appalachian Mountain Club and an active community member. He also volunteered at the Lebanon Opera House, where he and Stephanie Eleftherakis met. They were married on June 25, 2005 at the Inn of the Six Mountains in Killington.
He was predeceased by his parents, and by one brother, Michael Kalina. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Kalina of Windsor; one son, Benjamin Kalina and his wife, Corinne Militello of Philadelphia, Pa., one daughter, Emily Kalina of Boston, Mass., two grandchildren, Maia and Jonah Kalina of Philadelphia, three stepdaughters, Rebecca Eleftherakis of Hartland, Vt., Jasmine Partharsarthy and her husband, Raj of Wolburn, Mass., and Christa Eleftherakis of Caracas, Venezuela; one sister, Joan Wiener and her husband, Irv of Atlanta, Ga., his former wife, Jane Brodwyn of Northampton, Mass., one sister-in-law, Michelle Kalina of Grass Valley, Cal., two nieces and several cousins, including Richard Kalina of Syracuse, N.Y. and Laura Kaplan Fay of Florida.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Old South Congregational Church in Windsor. The Rev. Amanda Lape Freeberg, Pastor, will officiate. A reception for family and friends will follow in the church hall. Committal services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The Expedition Education Institute at PO Box 972, Belfast, ME 04915.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.