Reidun D. Nuquist

June 13, 1940 - November 26, 2018

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Reidun D. Nuquist, 78, passed away on Nov. 26, 2018. She was born Gerd Reidun Dahle on June 13, 1940, in Kongsberg, Norway, two months after German forces invaded the country in WWII. Reidun attended Oslo public schools, majoring in English. Following language study in England, she entered the three-year Norwegian State Library School. While still in school, Reidun met Andrew S. Nuquist, of Burlington, VT. They were married on July 12, 1963. They chose to bring up their son in VT, closer to grandparents and nature. In 1970, they moved north to Montpelier where Andrew went to work for the Department of Mental Health. The following year, Reidun was hired as assistant librarian of the Vermont Historical Society, a position she held until 1983 when she was appointed head librarian. From 1991 to 2000, Reidun worked as a reference librarian at the UVM, starting in the Special Collections Department and moving on to the Documents and Maps Department and the Reference Departments. Having grown up hiking, biking and cross-country skiing, the outdoors were always an important part of Reidun’s life. She and Andrew were longtime members of the Green Mountain Club. Together, they led over 400 club outings. Reidun served as president of the club’s Montpelier Section in three different decades and on the club’s board of directors. Combining her interests and skills, she wrote numerous articles on GMC and Long Trail history for the Long Trail News; was chief author of “A Trip Leaders’ Handbook: Advice for Successful GMC Outings”; edited “So Cool, So Clear, So Grand: A 1931 Hike on Vermont’s Long Trail” by James Gordon Hindes; and wrote a key chapter of the GMC’s centennial history, A Century in the Mountains: Celebrating Vermont’s Long Trail. Reidun is survived by her husband, Andrew, of 55 years; her son, Andrew Jon Nuquist, of Malden, MA; her brother, Harald Dahle and wife Sissel, of Kobotn, Norway; sister-in-law Elizabeth (Nuquist) Raby and husband Jim, of North Miami Beach, FL; nephew Omar Sobrino and his family, of Miami, FL; niece Sara A. Sobrino, of New Braunfels, TX; goddaughters Jill (Phillips) Berry, of Stroud, England, and Randi Skardal, of Valer, Norway; as well as numerous Norwegian cousins and friends. A celebration of Reidun’s life will be held at the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center in Waterbury Center on Dec. 15, 2018, 2PM. All welcome.

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