The Lillian “Porky” Reade Fund

Our beloved Porky passed away on January 27, 2022, after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. Essential staff member, compassionate friend, and “mother duck” of the FN Program, she worked at UVM for almost 30 years until her retirement in 2019. She was a warm welcome personified, and her office was a cherished refuge from the demands of graduate school. She treasured her friendships with Field Naturalists as we treasured her. We miss her very much.

In the weeks since Porky’s passing, many ideas have emerged about ways to honor her wonderful spirit and celebrate her incredible legacy of kindness. One of the ideas that has resonated deeply with her family, friends, and colleagues is to create a fund in her name that will support Field Naturalists during their time as graduate students.

The Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Alumni Association is honored to accept these donations into our newly established Lillian “Porky” Reade Fund. The purpose of this fund is to honor Porky’s legacy of caring and generosity by providing direct financial support to Field Naturalist students now and into the future.

Please click the button below to make a (tax-deductible) contribution to this fund in Porky’s honor.