Remembering Bev Rutherford, Former Director of Public Relations at Fletcher Allen

bev rutherfordFamily, friends and colleagues came together on Saturday, September 7, to celebrate the life of Beverly Rutherford, who served Fletcher Allen for more than 20 years in the area of public relations, and to dedicate a bench in her honor in the Cancer Healing Garden.

“She led with a big personality, a generous heart and a strong moral compass.”  That tribute can be found on the bench dedicated in Bev’s honor.

Beverly, known as “Bev” to many, began her career at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1978 as a secretary in the Public Relations Department.  She rose to become the director of that department and served in that role until retiring in 1999.  During her communications career, Beverly was active in several health care public relations associations, including the New England Society of Healthcare Communicators (NESHCO).  She served as president of NESHCO from 1990 to 1992, and was honored by NESHCO with the Evans Houghton Award, recognizing significant achievement in public relations, in 1992. Closer to home, she was a longtime member of both the Fletcher Allen Auxiliary and the South Burlington Rotary. 

Bev passed away on April 2, 2013 at the age of 78 after a brave battle with cancer.