Alan Boye and David Conant Retire from Lyndon State

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 6:00am -- admin

Two longtime faculty members said farewell to Lyndon State College at the end of June. Professors Alan Boye and David Conant have together completed 55 years at Lyndon, Boye in the English Department and Conant in the Natural Sciences Department.
Boye came to Lyndon in 1987. He has always been an outdoorsman and is well known for his Vermont Public Radio series and subsequent book, Walking the Hills of Vermont. In 1995, he retraced the 600-mile trek of 387 Northern Cheyenne from Oklahoma to the Upper Great Plains in an attempt to return to their homeland. Holding Stone Hands: On the Trail of the Cheyenne Exodus was the outcome of that experience.
Other books written by Boye include “A Guide to the Ghosts of Lincoln,” “The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska” and “Tales from the Journey of the Dead,” just to name a few. He is also the author of the play “Joaquin Miller! Tonight!!!, that was produced by a Nebraska theater group, and another play which he produced for Umbrella, Inc., called “Without Consent.” His articles have appeared in “Vermont Life,” “Vermont Magazine,” Yankee,” “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” “South Dakota Review,” “Leaves of Grass,” “North Dakota Quarterly” and the “Manoa Review.”
As a St. Johnsbury resident, Boye served on the St. Johnsbury zoning board, the town planning committee and the development review board. He was also named to the steering committee for the Passumpsic River Watch Program. He founded the Passumpsic Valley Land Trust in 1997.
Conant joined Lyndon’s Science Department1976. He has served the Science Department in many capacities, from building the workbenches in the science wing to becoming certified in pesticides, in addition to teaching. When he retired, he donated his personal herbarium collection, over 3,000 specimens of dried plants, to the college.
Conant has also served as a consultant. In 1979, he helped Northern Petroleum of St. Johnsbury by analyzing their fuel supply for contamination (there was none). He also served as a member of the advisory committee for a Fairbanks Museum planning project.
In 1982, Conant hosted five Chinese and three American botanists as part of the International Exchange of Scientists sponsored by Harvard University, his alma mater. He has a serious interest in ferns and applied for and received many grants over the years to support his studies all over the world, from Puerto Rico to South East Asia, where he conducted studies of fern DNA. These studies led to workshop and conference presentations at Harvard, Middlebury and other venues.