Newsp align="center">Beloved professors Edmund and Veronica Brelsford
to retire from Marlboro College
Edmund's appetite for languages seems boundless. As an undergraduate at the University of Miami, he tackled French, Spanish and Russian. His graduate work took him to Madrid, Paris, Mexico, Grenoble, Havana and Siena, as well as to Middlebury College for an M.A. Along the way he added Italian, Norwegian and Brazilian Portuguese.
Born in Austria of German parents, Veronica encountered her first foreign language, English, at the age of five. She received her B.A. from Pembroke College at Cambridge University and an M.A. in French studies from Middlebury College.
During their time at Marlboro, the Brelsfords, who arrived at Marlboro fluent in five languages, have taught over 35 languages. Because of their willingness to learn, the couple has taken on obscure and challenging languages, including ancient Sumerian and Burmese.
Global travelers, the Brelsfords present an equal fusion of language and culture to their students, hosting regular language events celebrating the culture, food and music associated with the various languages which they teach. This past fall, 41 students joined them at their home for an evening of foreign poetry, food, and song.
“Both of them had a very disciplined and caring approach to teaching that truly brought out the best in their students while inspiring independent and critical thinking,” says former student Elliot Gertel (‘73).
Both Brelsfords are accomplished cyclists and cross-country skiers. Veronica is an active volunteer in the local community; Edmund is sings and plays the lute, recorder, piano, harpsichord, and guitar, among other instruments.
The Brelsfords will be missed, but the couple will not fully retire for a number of years; they will continue in an adjunct capacity for a few more semesters. “After doing something for most of your adult life, quitting cold turkey is not a good thing,” says Veronica, who looks forward to traveling and spending more time with her family.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of Southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.