Elbert Dickerson “Dick” Nostrand, 86, died Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015, in EastView Residential Care in Middlebury, with his wife by his side. Born Sept. 25, 1928, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of the late Elbert A. and Ruth (Dickerson) Nostrand. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1946 and from University of Vermont in 1950. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Rochester in 1954. He took a job with Exxon Chemical Company and stayed with the company his entire career, beginning as a physical chemist and eventually becoming head of worldwide marketing for the chemical division of Exxon. He had many exciting jobs within the company and relished his travels around the world and interacting with people from different cultures. He held numerous patents. In 1952, he married Mary “Patsy” Schweyer of Burlington and together they raised three children, living in New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas. He spent every summer at his beloved “camp” on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle, where he spent long hours sailing, swimming and relaxing with the company of his extended family. He was an avid tennis player and all-around athlete, and enjoyed reading, music, history, geography, and sports. Dick had an incredible mind and he was well-versed in topics ranging from astronomy to classical music. Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patsy Nostrand of Middlebury; daughter, Susan Boston and her husband, David, of Woodstock, Vt.; son, Peter Nostrand and his wife, Kristen, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and son, Ben Nostrand and his wife, Susan, of Charlotte. He is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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