Edwin Colodny was awarded the 2004 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 126th Commencement Ceremony. Each year the College singles out an individual from the community who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership. In his remarks at Commencement, the chairman of Champlain’s board of trustees, William G. Post, Jr., described Colodny as a humble leader who has been a vital force in the economic, intellectual and artistic life of the area over the course of six decades.The Burlington native was president, CEO, and chairman of the board of US Airways, and chairman of the board of Comcast Corporation. He was on counsel in a high-powered Washington law firm and he was a sought-after corporate board member.He returned to Burlington three years ago to guide the University of Vermont through its fourth presidential transition in seven years. Colodny drove key initiatives forward aggressively and left the school a stronger place for his successor.After leaving UVM and retiring yet again, Colodny almost immediately stepped into another executive role, serving as interim CEO at Fletcher Allen Health Care during a challenging year in the history of the state’s largest hospital. Colodny serves on the boards of the Vermont Law School, Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, and the New England Culinary Institute. He’s a member of the Rotary Club and he’s chairing the steering committee for Governor Douglas’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.“He’s just a guy who can’t say no,” says David Coates, who has worked with Colodny on a number of boards. “He has the ability to ask the right questions and in a way that’s not intimidating. As a result, he gets the right answer. And he has an amazing ability to analyze a very complicated matter and bring it down to a level that everyone can understand.”Theresa Albergini DiPalma, a friend and colleague at Fletcher Allen, says, “Ed’s a people person at the core of it all. He understands that so much in life is about relationships. He’s somebody who always has time to stop and talk.”Colodny’s love of the arts, reverence for education and affection for his hometown are essential parts of who is, Post noted. “That infuses his work with a special kind of energy and enthusiasm, and we, as a community, are fortunate to benefit from it.”
Carroll ToddCarroll Dale Todd, 87, died Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City surrounded by his family.Â He was born in Woods County on August 4, 1929 to Clara Belle Haltom Todd and Robert Floyd Todd.Â He was raised on a farm near Carmen.Â He attended the Lone Star grade school, Waynoka High School and graduated from Dacoma High School.Â On his 18thÂ birthday he went to work the Santa Fe Railroad.Â On February 9, 1951 he married Waneta Jo Ferguson at the Free Methodist Church parsonage in Carmen.Â To this union four children were born: Robert Lynn Todd, Luther Wayne Todd, Larry Don Todd and Sandra Kay Todd.Â Carroll worked on the Plains Division out of Amarillo until he was promoted to Road Foreman of Engines of the Southern Division at Houston.Â He worked in that area until he was transferred to Wellington as a road eoreman.Â He retired in Wellington after 37 years.Â He also served in the 81stÂ Reconnaissance Division U.S. Army at Fort Hood.Â Carroll and Waneta moved to a retirement center at Edmond in 2015.Â He served on the Board of Panhandle Credit Union, volunteered for meals on wheels in Wellington, was a member of Whirl A Way Square Dance Club, Wellington Art Association, Wichita Great Plains Wood Carvers Association and the American Legion.Â His hobbies included carpentry work, wood carving, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.Â His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were so very special to him.Â He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.Â Â He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara Belle Haltom Todd and Robert Floyd Todd; brother Dwight Todd and wife, Mae; brother in law, Jim Ferguson and wife, Karen.Â Survivors include wife of 65 years, Waneta Jo Ferguson Todd of Edmond, Oklahoma; children, Robert Todd of Neskowin, Oregon; Wayne Todd of Amarillo, Texas; Larry Todd and wife, Chris of Arkansas City, Kansas; Sandra Brinkmeyer and husband, Karl of Edmond, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Bridgett Nesbitt of Nashville, Tennessee; David Todd of Paso Robles, California; Charlie Todd of Kimberling City, Missouri; Kathryn Todd of Edmond, Oklahoma; Tamie Booth and husband, Mike of Overland Park, Kansas; Tanya Lord and husband, Jeff of Wichita, Kansas; Terie Mora and husband, Doug of Arizona; great grandchildren, Aaron, Quincy, Lyndsey, Casey, Danielle, Ava and Haley; brother-in-law, AJ Ferguson and wife, Jeanne of Waynoka, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.Â Carroll was cremated at his request.Â The family will be holding a graveside service at a later date.Â Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena.Â You may send cards to his wife, Waneta, at 2801 Shortgrass Road, Edmond, OK 73003.Â Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice or Wellington Food Bank through the funeral home.Â Â Carrollâ€™s wife and family would like to thank the staff at Touchmark for all of their love and support.Â They also want to thank Mercy Hospital and Hospice staff for the care, love and support they gave to Carroll and his family while he was there and for making him comfortable as he passed away in peace.