Vermont philanthropist Cynthia Hoehl dies at 73

first_imgVermont Business Magazine One of the most beloved and generous Vermonters and a Burlington native died Monday, January 11. Cynthia Hoehl, 73, was a noted philanthropist and with her late husband, Bob, established the Hoehl Family Foundation, which contributed to many causes and organizations here in Vermont, in Florida and internationally. Her obituary, which first ran in the Burlington Free Press on Thursday, is below.Rita Markley, Executive Director, Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), sent this tribute: “Cindy Hoehl was a longtime supporter of COTS who cheered our successes and urged us on when the obstacles seemed overwhelming. I will never forget her weekly calls and support during the late ’90s and early 2000, when we were frantically scrambling to find space for the skyrocketing number of homeless families turning to COTS each night. Cindy could not bear the idea that any child would be forced to spend the night in an unheated car or an abandoned building for lack of a safe, warm space. She just wouldn’t stand for it, not here in Vermont and certainly not while she was around to prevent it.Cynthia and Robert Hoehl at Saint Michael’s College in 2010. Courtesy photos”She didn’t just support us financially, she called me with property leads, drove me to see several places that might work as a winter refuge and, personally, lightened me up during that tense time by making me laugh with a funny story or a witty play on words.  “Cindy Hoehl walked in every COTS walk going all the way back before 1992, even when she was down in Naples, Florida; she’d literally take a pedometer and pace out the exact distance. Cindy made time to attend our notoriously unglamorous Annual Meetings, helped shovel out a new garden at our family shelter on Main Street, and stayed close to our work through the decades.”Her financial support sustained COTS and many other organizations. And her personal involvement set a high standard by showing that philanthropy isn’t just writing a check, it’s active engagement in shaping a better world.”Cindy believed passionately that everyone deserves not just a home, but a chance. Her countless acts of generosity leave a legacy that affirms profoundly the value and dignity of every human life. She was extraordinary. “I am so glad that I had a chance to visit with her just before Thanksgiving and tell her how much she mattered to COTS, to all of those we serve, and to me.”Saint Michael’s College President John J Neuhauser sent this statement: “Saint Michael’s College mourns the loss of a long-time friend and supporter of the College. Cindy and Bob Hoehl began their association with the College when both were undergraduates, Bob at Saint Michael’s and Cindy at Trinity College. Certainly their continuing generosity to the College has created a legacy of gratitude from the many students who have benefited.“Cindy never forgot who she was, where she lived, and the importance of building the community that had first nourished her. Her good humor and intense, unwavering devotion to those of the community who need assistance mark her time here so well. We will remember her as someone who deeply cared about those around her, her family to be sure, but also the institutions that nourish this corner of Vermont. The College is enormously proud that she was a member of our family. We who live and learn here will honor her memory by continuing the good work she unselfishly began.”Blanche Podhajski, PhD, President, Stern Center for Language and Learning, said: “Cynthia K Hoehl epitomized the best of Vermont and the  heart of philanthropy. She prided herself on being a mother and a teacher – she was smart, witty and loving. She established the Cynthia K Hoehl Institute for Excellence  at the Stern Center to support extending teacher knowledge and student learning. When I would thank her for her great generosity, she told me she believed Scripture: ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’ Cynthia K Hoehl exceeded expectations. I feel very privileged to have known and loved her.”ObituaryCynthia HoehlAge: 73 • Ferrisburgh, VTAfter having spent a lovely holiday and birthday surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and friends. Cynthia Hoehl, 73, passed away peacefully at home on January 11, 2016. Born on January 2, 1943, in Burlington, VT, Cynthia Ann was the youngest daughter of John Ferdinand and Christina Paula Kieslich. After her father passed away, her mother remarried Frank Deslauriers, and the family moved to St. Albans, VT where she graduated from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans. Cynthia attended Trinity College and as a freshman, and at 16 years old, met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Hoehl. They married at St. Mary’s Church in St. Albans on August 17, 1963.Cynthia, Cindy to her close friends, was a loving mother, making a home for her ever-growing family and supporting Bob in his business endeavors from IBM to BDP and finally IDX. She and her family fondly enjoyed reminiscing of the homes and friends from Barre, Burlington, Essex Junction, and South Burlington. With her kids all busy in school, mom took the opportunity to continue her education. She began by attending the kids’ high school to master algebra, in 1991 she received her Master’s in history from Saint Michael’s College, and in 2010 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SMC. She also enjoyed extensive traveling with family and friends. Cynthia and Bob’s success allowed them the privilege of being able to give back to these communities they called home, and in 2002 they earned the title “Outstanding Vermont Family Philanthropist” from the Northern New England Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.She was active in many charitable organizations in the greater Burlington area with a particular focus on enhancing the lives of Vermonters through the support of their basic human needs. Dismas House, The Lund Center, COTS and the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence at the Stern Center were among the many beneficiaries of her generosity. From teaching the inmates to read at Chittenden County Correctional Facility to building houses in Immokalee County, Florida and a school in Haiti, she heeded her call to service and charity.Cynthia now joins her husband and partner, Bob, who passed away in 2010; her sister, Christine, and her brother, John.She is survived by two brothers, Karl and Paul; her sisters-in-law, Irene, Donna, Dot and Anita; her six children: Krystin and Michael Downes of Tully, NY; Robert and Betsy Hoehl of Clearwater Beach, FL; John and Martha Hoehl of South Burlington; Katharine and Mark Kostin of Yarmouth, ME; Nicholas and Stacy Hoehl of Waukesha, WI; Tad and Jessica Hoehl of Shelburne; as well as her 15 grandchildren.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Michael’s College Chapel on Saturday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Hoehl Welcome Center. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you take a loved one to dinner to talk, and if the Spirit moves you,make either a time or monetary donation to your favorite charity.last_img read more

Braves catcher Brian McCann announces retirement in wake of Game 5 loss in NLDS

first_img Three takeaways from Cardinals’ series-clinching NLDS Game 5 win over Braves After 15 MLB seasons, Braves catcher Brian McCann says he’s retiring.McCann made the announcement while talking with reporters after Atlanta’s 13-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday. McCann was then traded to the Astros after the 2016 season where he would go on to win his only World Series in 2017. He returned to Atlanta on a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason which wound up being his final season.”That was a big reason I wanted to come back,” McCann said. “I wanted to be a part of this again, put this uniform back on and play in front of my family every night.”The six-time silver slugger sported a .262/.337/.452 career line while hitting 282 homers and driving in 1,018 runs. McCann also posted a career 31.8 bWAR and was named an All-Star seven times. Braves nix foam tomahawk giveaway, will limit ‘chop’ chant during NLDS Game 5 Twitter reacts to Cardinals’ unbelievable 10-run first inning in NLDS Game 5 “I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown.”— @Braves catcher Brian McCann pic.twitter.com/TQehAywvZw— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 10, 2019″It’s time to go,” McCann told reporters. “I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown.”The Georgia native made his major-league debut with the Braves back in 2005. He would spend nine years in Atlanta before signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the Yankees before the 2014 season. Related Newslast_img read more

‘Trailblazer’ to helm LAPD training

first_imgChief William Bratton said the transition of adding more women to the force was just beginning when MacArthur and others were hired. “She and her colleagues were trailblazers at that time,” he said. MacArthur, 50, rose through the ranks from patrols and vice to field training officer and captain. Currently she is commanding officer of the consent decree division. In 1992, the courts approved the agreement to improve women and minority officer promotions. Although the number of women working in law enforcement remains relatively low, they hold more than 10 percent of top administrative jobs within police and sheriff’s departments in the state, said Alice Jaramillo, president of the Women Peace Officers Association of California. Jaramillo noted that laws and other restrictions have changed some tactics used by officers on the street, meaning less brute force and brawn, and better communication skills to control and convince. “Really, it’s about your ability to communicate effectively and utilize the skills provided to you,” Jaramillo said. “It’s not necessarily the size that matters.” [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I wasn’t afraid,” she said. When her partner finally got through the door, MacArthur emerged bruised, bloody and with a few loose teeth, but also with a newfound respect in the department, where, when she started 26 years ago, some questioned whether women officers could hold their own on the streets. “I wouldn’t wish that (fight) on anybody, but it set the stage that women can do the job,” MacArthur said. Now, she’s risen all the way to commander, and next month will begin her newest assignment as the first woman in the department’s history to oversee training for all new recruits and the more than 9,000 sworn personnel. When she began her LAPD career in 1980, women comprised about 3 percent of the department’s sworn personnel. Today, they make up about 18 percent. It was 2 a.m., and Sandy Jo MacArthur and her partner were struggling with a man strung out on PCP. In the doorway scuffle, the Los Angeles police officer somehow ended up inside the man’s pitch-black house with his gangster son. Her partner got locked out. Suddenly, she was standing face-to-face with the angry men, and the fight began. The blows hit her jaw and stomach first, and then the men tried to choke her. Knocked to the ground, MacArthur used her police academy training to assess her situation – and concluded she was OK. last_img read more