Tiger Hall of Fame to induct three new members

MIDDLEBURY — Three new members of the Middlebury High School/Middlebury Union High School Hall of Fame will be inducted at halftime of this Friday night’s homecoming football game: Linda Andrews of Bristol, the late David Sears or Cornwall, and Randy Sabourin of Syracuse, N.Y.
While at MUHS Linda raced on the downhill ski team. The 1965 MUHS yearbook states, “the pep and guidance of Captain Linda Andrews and Coach Wakefield have led the members of the girls ski team through an exciting year.  Workouts on the mountain, weight lifting sessions in the gym, and running after school have created a group of girls with amazing endurance and strength.”
Linda’s athleticism, academic performance, and leadership earned her the Dorey Cup during her junior year.
Linda earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1969, and then a nurse practitioner degree in women’s health care from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1974, and a master’s from the University of California’s School of Public Health in 1984.
Linda worked 34 years as a women’s health care nurse practitioner and reproductive health integration specialist. She began her professional career in Washington State, but has spent the last 26 years working in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Central Asian Republics, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Thailand, with short-term assignments in Nigeria, India and Rwanda.
In these countries she has worked with ministries of health and non-government organizations to found needed health programs and help them become self-sustaining. She developed and established support programs for HIV positive women so that they would not pass HIV on to their children during birth. She has established programs to screen for and treat cervical cancer in rural and poor communities. She has also developed well-child clinics and worked to promote women’s health and family planning in many poor countries.
While in the U.S. between overseas jobs, Linda has worked locally as a hospice volunteer.
Sabourin grew up working hard on his family farm, and at  MUHS he was a two-time state championship wrestler, earning a Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as a senior, and also played football for four years. As a senior he played for a championship team and also played the lead role in the senior play, “Grease.”
At Morrisville State College (N.Y.) he continued his wrestling career and qualified for the junior college nationals, and then attended Cortland State (N.Y.) and won the SUNYAC championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament, in 1987 earning All-New York College All-Star recognition while maintaining strong academic standing.
After school he became a successful business owner and husband to Tina, father to three daughters, and an avid supporter of his community who also regularly travels hours each way back to Middlebury to help his mother.
After college Randy found a love for personal training, which became a career that evolved into his successful business, Metro Fitness. In 1995 he opened his first business in Syracuse, and in 1997 opened a second branch at a local hospital, where he became a certified medical exercise specialist and post-rehab specialist.
His business has for the past four years in a row been chosen as Central New York’s Best Place to Work.
For the past five years, his business has offered free outdoor fitness and wellness classes. Randy has also worked with or volunteered for the local food bank, the American Heart Association, veterans’ organizations, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield to improved the quality of life for those in his community. Randy’s life shows a common thread of caring and commitment.
A 1977 graduate of MUHS, David died on July 11, 2015 at the age of 56. A lifelong resident of Cornwall, David was known as “The Voice,” for his effortless, booming baritone and his two games of announcing Tiger football and college sports games on local radio stations. He provided the only home and away football coverage of any high school program of the state over his final 17 years,
David was a tireless community volunteer who was a friend to everyone who knew him. He cared deeply about people, loved sports, and was very generous with his time. An umpire for the Addison County Softball League, he was well liked by coaches, players and officials in all the sports in which he was involved.
A Champlain College graduate, David was a dedicated member of the Cornwall Fire Department for 35 years, at one point holding the rank of captain. He was also a valuable asset to the Cornwall selectboard, as well as a lifetime member of the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association and the Middlebury Knights of Columbus.
David was married to 1972 MUHS graduate Susan Fisler Sears, and his daughters Megan (2007) and Alexandra (2010) also graduated from MUHS. His now-deceased father Walter, mother Charlotte and sister Debbie were also MUHS graduates.

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