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Burlington, Vermont
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Saturday, November 9, 1991
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es THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1991 VERMONTNEW ENGLAND The urlington scientist, inventor dies Co By Anne Geggts Free Press Staff Writer William A. Ladd, a Burling- on scientist who helned to build t J r c a i . : uuc vi ine ursi ciecirun inicitj-" scopes in North America, died at his Adams Street home Friday " Tnorning. He was 74. r He had owned Ladd Medical in South Burlington and Ladd Research Inc. in Colchester. The medical company closed down "earlier this year. The Colchester " 'company employs 1 2 people. "He was one of the pioneers :in the field of electron microsco py," Theodore Willmarth of Kingston, Tenn., said Friday night. Willmarth met his longtime friend in New York City in 1944 while working on the Manhattan Project,.which culminated in the first atomic bomb. Ladd was working on the development of synthetic rubber at the time. "I know that he was a very good scientist," Willmarth said. "He was always coming up with some innovative device." Ladd came to Vermont in 1961 with his wife, Margaret. He went on to invent devices that she would introduce to the market. Among the inventions was a device that measured pressure inside the brain. Known as the Ladd-Steritek Monitor, it is useful in diagnosing the extent of head injuries. Mrs. Ladd died about five years ago. Mr. Ladd would often tell a story about a girl who had fallen through the ice and hurt her head, remembered Lloyd Good-row, the son of Ladd's best friend, Orville "Goody" Good- row of Essex Junction. "Her life was saved because of the machine that measured pressure inside the brain," Good-row said. "He told the story over and over again, but I never saw him tell it without a tear in his eye. "He did things for people. I think his greatest reward was to know that he helped." One of Ladd's electron micro scopes is displayed at the Army Pathological Insititute in Wash ington, D.C. LAE11: Sewage cleanup plan is challenged Continued from Page IB "My only concern here is that rpe public be given the opportunity to participate in this (discharge permit) process," Fayette ;;said. He added that people -should want to influence the per-?rnits, because moving Burlington's treated sewage will spread the pollution throughout the lake r instead of confining it to the bay. Fayette does not have scientific studies to back up his con-""cerns. But he said the city's f studies that say water quality will ! be improved by moving the pipe j j are not detailed. j! "We don't know how serious '! a problem this will be," he said. ' I "Should we take a discharge from a place where it has been historically, where it has already contaminated the lake, and move it to a new, uncontaminated area?" Burlington's unique situation further complicates the story. The city is bound by a legal agreement that officials signed in 1989. The city's treatment plant pollutes the lake after hard rains because stormwater runoff overwhelms the plant; the federal government required the city and the state in 1989 to agree to build a treatment plant and other sewage treatment system improvements at a cost of $52 million or risk losing federal grant money. What all that means, Fayette said, is that if the lakes and ponds permit were issued and the pipe is under construction by the time the discharge permit hearings begin, the state would have an economic incentive to allow the city to use the pipe even if a different approach might make more sense. City officials said Fayette's concerns are misplaced. They said his worries about moving the pipe should have been resolved when the Water Resources Board decided in 1989 to reclassify a 12.8-acre section of Lake Champlain to receive output from a sewage treatment plant. "He had a full opportunity to contest the water classification," said John Franco, a lawyer with McNeil and Murray, the firm that represents the city on public works issues. "Fred's real issue is that he is not happy with the notion that this water should have been reclassified." In response to Fayette's ap peal, however, the state has acce lerated the discharge permit process. Officials hope to issue a draft permit by Dec. 1, which would enable residents to com ment on the proposal before construction begins on the pipe in the spring of 1992. City engineer Steve Goodkind said the city needs the 2,500-foot-long, 10-foot diameter pipe, be cause it is an important part of the overall sewage treatment process. In Brief ! 'i j! Authorities warn ; of telephone scam If Authorities are investigating 1 1 bogus telephone solicitations for ;;i so-called police magazines in ;;j Chittenden, Lamoille and Rut-;! j land counties, state police in Colli j Chester reported. ';; State and local police have ; been receiving inquiries from the ;! public concerning the magazines. ; Someone is telling people that ' a United Parcel Service courier J will deliver the magazine, police 1 1 said. ! Anyone receiving such a call ',' should verify the police agency before making contributions, poll lice said. - ,' Anyone with information about the bogus solicitation is '! asked to call their local police ; ; department. ; Furniture stolen j; from warehouse ! Several thousand dollars '!' worth of furniture was reported V. stolen this week from the Loo- l ney's Furniture warehouse at 273 :j North St. ;' Police are looking for infor- jl mation. Call 658-2700 and ask I ' for Officer Andi Higbee. i ; From staff reports Family has woman's body exhumed Witness contends death was suicide By Dolna Chlacu The Associated Press , HOOKSETT, N.H. Family and friends of a woman whose body is being exhumed to determine whether she a victim of a homicide 27 years ago said Friday a witness has contacted them with information on Rena Pa-quette's death. "Just this morning an individual has confirmed that the authorities at the time knew it was suicide," said Richard Baron, a Portsmouth graphic artist and longtime friend of the family. Baron and Paquette's son, Victor Paquette of Hooksett, wouldn't identify the man or disclose the information he provided, but he said they hoped publicity would make people aware of the case to speak up. The State Attorney General's Office has said building a case would be difficult, but investigators will pursue it based on what the autopsy shows. Baron said more witnesses would help, too. Officially, Mrs. Paquette's death was ruled a suicide by setting herself on fire, but her family persuaded the state to perform an autopsy Wednesday after the family exhumes her body. They believe she was slain. Mrs. Paquette's body, clad in slippers and a nightgown, was found Feb. 6, 1964, in a small pig barn a mile from her Manchester farmhouse. Police reports said the door to the shed was braced closed from the outside. "This woman could physically not have walked a mile in 14-degree weather to go die in a pig sty," Baron said. The log on the door and the relaxed position of her body contradict the self-immolation theory, Baron said. Also, only the trunk of her body was burned, as if to hide a wound. People who set themselves on fire usually start with the head and their bodies are contorted, he said. Mrs. Paquette told family members she had information linking Edward Coolidge to the murder of 14-year-old Pamela Mason in January 1964 and Sandra Valade, 18, killed four years earlier. The deaths were .similar. Baron, who is paying for the exhumation and writing a book on Coolidge, "Free to Kill," said Coolidge's mother had contacted Mrs. Paquette. Coolidge was convicted in the Mason death and was released last year from a Virginia prison, where he completed his sentence under an interstate inmate exchange program. No one was charged in the Valade case. "The political atmosphere at the time and the hysteria that was going on over the Mason death" persuaded authorities to rule suicide and close the case, Baron said. "Even Victor's dad was totally beaten down by the authorities," he said. "Basically, he was told to shut up or they would arrest him." Victor Paquette, 44, said his father made sure his wife's body was properly preserved, put into a body bag and then into an airtight casket and vault so it could be exhumed. "I believe that was my" father's plan," he said. Coolidge, meanwhile, told his prison warden he would try to find work in the Richmond area, Baron said, "but, if I know Ed, he's probably changed his name and living in California." 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