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Anne Verriest Badgley

Norwich, Vt. — Anne Badgley died at home in Norwich,, on Thursday, June 12, 2014, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Peter C. Badgley. Anne was born in 1925 in Hanover, N.H., to parents Léon Verriest, professor of French literature at Dartmouth, and Florence Calder Verriest, Smith College graduate and briefly, an instructor in Spanish. Anne grew up on School Street in Hanover. Her father, originally from Belgium, spoke French to her at home so she grew up bilingual. The two of them traveled to Belgium during the summers to visit her extended family in Louvain. After completing Hanover High School, Anne attended McGill University in Montreal, and graduated in 1947 with BA in Arts. There she met Peter Badgley from Montreal in a geology class, and they were married in December 1948. They lived in Princeton, N.J., where Peter completed a doctoral degree in geological sciences, and briefly in State College, Pa., where their first daughter, Catherine, was born. Then the family moved to Calgary, Alberta, where Peter took a job in oil exploration, and daughter, Susanna, and son, Mark, were born In 1956, the family moved to Golden, Colo., when Peter took a faculty position at the Colorado School of Mines. Their last child, Barbara, was born in 1960, in Colorado. The family moved to the Washington, DC, in 1963 and was based there for 20 years, as Peter held administrative jobs at NASA and the Office of Naval Research. Anne completed a second BA in art history at the American University and an MA in art history at the University of Maryland. She taught courses in art history at George Mason University in the late 1970s. In 1982, after Peter retired from his government job, Anne and Peter moved back to Hanover and then built a home in Norwich, where they lived for their remaining years. They also lived in Ankara, Turkey, for 16 months in the early 1980s, as Peter consulted in oil exploration with the Geological Survey of Turkey.

Over her life of travels and studies, Anne was an avid reader and researcher, especially in the history of ideas and cultures. She was an accomplished correspondent, exchanging hundreds of letters with family members and friends over many decades. She wrote and published an art-history mystery novel, The Rembrandt Decisions. Her many friends attest to Anne’s skills at vivid conversation, encouragement of each person’s cherished dreams and goals, and her sense of humor. In Norwich, she was a member of the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Norwich Women’s Club. Her years of experience and knowledge of the community motivated her to speak out at public hearings and via letters to the editor about pros and cons of changes to public life.

She is survived by her four children, Barbara Badgley, who lives in Fairlee, Vt., and works as a registered nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. Susanna Badgley Place, who lives in Milton, Mass., is a travel writer. Mark Badgley, a carpenter and contractor, lives in Maryland with his family. Catherine Badgley, a paleontologist on the faculty of the University of Michigan, lives near Chelsea, Mich. She had four grandchildren, Louise and Alex Place and Brandon and Claire Badgley.

Anne’s college graduation quote was: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments, the better.”

To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit, www.rand-wilson.com.

A memorial service for Anne Badgley will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at 69 Simpson Road, Norwich, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact for the Badgley family: Bara.Badgley@gmail.com.

Donations in Anne’s memory can be made to Vermont350 (http://world.350.org/vermont/) or to Doctors without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/).

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H.