“Friends of Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences (ATM)” are people and organizations who have gained a special place in our thoughts through friendships, activities, or donations over many years.
- Col. Merle and Elaine Woodall – Merle was the founder of the Meteorology Department at Lyndon State College. He was a wise and student-centered man who created a popular and respected curriculum. It was science-based and operations-oriented, and became respected by employers and popular with students. Elaine was an adjunct in the LSC Mathematics Department with a passion for puppets and the metric system. They created an annual scholarship endowment available to all talented LSC students.
- Gil and Avis Ford – They were community-centered, long time residents of East Burke, VT, well-known for their friendliness, helpfulness, and integrity. After the great flood of 1927 washed away the hydro-electric dam in their town, Gil began taking daily river observations to provide warning for “the next time.” Within a year he added taking weather observations to his routine and along with Avis never missed an observation during the next 68 years. They provided their data to the department and enjoyed meeting ATM students. Our annual “outstanding graduate” award is named after Gil and together he and Avis established an endowed scholarship given annually to an outstanding continuing ATM student.
- Jim Roemer – An ATM alumnus and investment advisor, is a long-standing Lyndon, ATM, and Vermont Institute for Applied Meteorology (VIAM) supporter through donations, volunteer service, employment of ATM students, helpful professional advice, and friendly conversations.
- Declan Cannon – An ATM alumnus and founder of Planetary Data Incorporated, was instrumental in providing the department with the opportunity to purchase, at a reduced price, PDI’s satellite receiving system for NOAAPort weather data.
- Vincent Romeo – A retired NYC fire department member who for many years has provided ATM with weather-related magazines, data, and textbooks. The textbooks are passed on to students as popular prizes in our weather forecasting courses.
- Norm Sebastian – ATM alumnus, was a popular The Weather Channel and Albany NY area TV weather broadcaster. After his early death, his family and faithful viewers established an endowment in his name for an annual scholarship to a worthy ATM freshman.
- Marc Mailhot – A Lyndon alumnus, is retired after many years as a successful import/export businessman in Maine and as an avid participant in the Maine emergency preparedness system, especially as Nor’easters and hurricane remnants approached the Maine coast. His donation of an extensive collection of National Weather Service items (technical material, forecasts, damage reports, etc.) related to hurricanes in the Atlantic basin during the past 50 years is appreciated.
- Jim Cantore – An ATM alumnus and notable weathercaster and series host on The Weather Channel, has been “giving back” to Lyndon by sharing his experience and expertise with ATM students through teaching an advanced broadcasting course on campus each year and by establishing a renewable scholarship for a successful student concentrating in that career area.
- Bill Hartramft – An avid weather enthusiast, tireless supporter of the program, and font of ATM promotional ideas for nearly a decade, has also made regular financial donations to the department and VIAM throughout that time.
- WCAX – TV, CBS, Burlington, VT, a long-standing friend of Lyndon and ATM, recently donated several pieces of WSI equipment to update and expand the ability of ATM students to create quality, professional-grade, television weather-graphics.
- Weather Services International – Manufacturer of fine television-compatible imaging systems, made it possible through their “Equipment and Support Program” for ATM students to learn and practice electronic graphics production techniques before graduation, and thereby enter the job market “one step above.”