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“My sincerest condolences to the family of Tom, M. Geno to me. He was my French teacher for 4 years at Middlebury Union High School 1961-65. Clear...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“what a wonderful man who touched and changed so many lives for the better ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Marty Schuppert - Hilton Head, SC

“He was my teacher at Pittsford High School (1956-1960). A remarkable man who left a lasting impression, introducing his students to French and the...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: david MacKenzie - SC

“My prayers are with Mr. Geno's family...Mr. Geno was my English teacher at Pittsford Barstow High School in Pittsford, Vt. my senior year in 1958...A...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ann [Burton] Bushey - Brooksville, FL

“Marie and Marc,Please accept my prayers and well wishes for you. I am always available to you.I am glad to have shared so many years and memories...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Charles Many - Willkiston, VT

“Tom was my teacher for only a semester of 7th grade at South Burlington Central School (does it still exist?) in 1954, but he left a long-lasting...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sara Allen - Philadelphia, PA

“Tom and Marie were my leaders in the VOSP program in Nice in 1968-1969, probably the most important year of my life. I was also blessed with being...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Grace Worcester Greene - Berlin, VT

“Marie and Mark,I'm so sorry to read about Tom's death. I was a student of his at UVM and I was in the VOSP program when he was director. I just...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Plunkett-Dunning - VT

“Marie and Marc,So sorry to hear about Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always will remember the many visits you made to Proctor. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Ann and Ron Oakman - Proctor, VT

“TOM WAS THE EPITOME OF LIVING, LOVING AND LEAVING A LEGACY.FOND MEMORIES OF TOM AND MY DAD'S KINDRED SPIRIT...PAULA FLORY BASS ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: PAULA FLORY BASS

“Marie and Mark, Sorry for your loss Tom was a good man. I will always have great memories working out at the gym and taking you guys to the Airport...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Marie and family,So sorry to hear of your loss. I'll always remember Tom from my 13 years in the Romance Languages Department at UVM. He was a...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Breeyear - Westford, VT

“My condolences. Monsieur Geno was the leader for my junior year in France in 1969. He did his best to keep us in line and educate us in and about...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Jane Wickham - SANTA ROSA, CA

“Though I came to know Tom and Marie only in the last 15 years, they had a circle of friends in Middlebury that was wide and deep going back to the...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Gil Cass - New York, NY

“Dear Marie and Marc,So sorry to hear of Tom's death. Like yourselves, he was always very kind to me when I would visit with Brother Anthony.Please...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“He was my teacher at UVM in the late 60's. a good man. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: John Horne - Pensacola, FL

“I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with your family during this most difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7 ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: A friend


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Thomas Howard Geno of Proctor, Vermont, passed peacefully in his home early on Sunday morning in Williston after a valiant fight against advancing vascular dementia. He was surrounded by his wife, Marie, son Marc, and beloved caregiver Josephine at the time. He is also survived by his loving step-daughter Caroline Juneau, and her three remarkable children, Alex, Matt and Leena Unger of Burlington. Tom was born in Proctor in 1931, the only son of Dolores Pauline Geno and Howard Vincent Geno. Propelled by his love of reading, music and Hollywood, then later his Latin and French mentor Lyrace Fontaine at Proctor High School, he went on to teach at both the high school and college levels. He earned several advanced degrees in the study and teaching of French, culminating in a Ph.D. while at U.V.M. He met Marie in the early 60's while teaching at Middlebury College, they married, and eventually moved to Burlington where Marc was born in 1967. Tom and Marie taught together at U.V.M. for over 25 years. While there, he co-founded the V.O.S.P. foreign exchange and specialized in theater, French-African literature and pedagogy. He was an avid member and sometimes top leader within every active foreign language association, received many awards of recognition for his involvement and teaching, and was highly esteemed by his colleagues, many of whom became his closest friends. Tom's boundless energy had also led him around the world to study, teach and lecture, first in Indochina and later Africa. Not only did he inspire countless college and high school students with his love of music and theater, but he also acted in and then directed many memorable productions in Burlington, at U.V.M. and especially with Lyric Theater. Even teaching full time, he jumped at the occasion to portray a notorious or difficult role on stage, as this may have been his first and most lasting vocation. Upon retiring, Tom worked many years diligently in the archives of the Society of Saint Edmund to produce an insightful history of the Edmundites' challenging years moving to Vermont. Tom was delighted to give back to the religious community who had helped guide him as a young man while attending Saint Michael's College. He was also a devoted and engaged parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Williston. Thanks to the meticulous care of our family doctor, the expert specialists of the U.V.M. Medical Center, the love and patience of Tom's many care-takers and the Visiting Nurses Association's superb organization, dad was able to spend his last and possibly most remarkable years at home in Williston. He will be long remembered as a charismatic and involved community member, as well as an expert teacher and actor. He was a dear friend to many, and the kindest, most loving husband and father. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00am in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Interment will be in the spring in East Cemetery, Williston. In lieu of flowers the Geno family would like you to consider making a donation to United Way of Chittenden County or the Vermont Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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