FAIR HAVEN, VT. – Byron “Skip” G. Avery Jr., 77, died Nov. 20, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 25, 1934, the son of Byron and Edith Avery.
He was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, and earned a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A former member of Actors Equity Association, he first taught theater at Western Maryland College, Westminster, Md. He went on to create the theater department at Castleton State College, retiring in 1978 as chairman of the department. He won numerous theater awards and served as judge for the Vermont High School One-Act and New England High School One-Act competitions for many years. He directed more than 300 plays at the professional and collegiate level. Many of his students have had great success in the professional theater world.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Louenna Avery; and two brothers, John Avery of Cape Cod, Mass., and Edward Avery of Brewer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.