The Ed Worthen Story

The Worthen Society is named in memory of a long-time South Hero resident and Library supporter, Dr. Edward Worthen.

Ed was a man of deep intellect and strong opinions. Nothing pleased him more than an evening with friends at a local restaurant, accompanied by his signature gin martini – dirty and straight up.

Ed lived a frugal life on an associate professor’s salary. He taught Latin American Studies and Spanish for forty years, spending his last few decades at the Birches, his family’s lakefront property in South Hero. When it came time to compose his estate plan, Ed wanted to pass along his lifelong love of books and learning to future generations. His bequest of the majority of his estate helped us realize our goal of a new library building. We honored his contribution by naming the new South Hero library the Worthen Library.

A portion of his estate has also helped seed funding for the Sustainability Fund to ensure a strong future and relevant library for future generations. Join Ed and support our Library!