MIDDLEBURY — Warren Witherell passed peacefully near Middlebury on May 26, surrounded by family, friends, poetry readings and lilacs. He was 79 years old.
He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1956 and founded Burke Mountain Academy in 1971, where he served as headmaster, English teacher and coach. He promoted the innate ability of student-athletes to thrive and learn in a non-graded and physically active school. Through his coaching, over 115 students and alumni of the school have been named to the U.S. Ski Team, and 43 to Olympic teams.
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