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Albert Bergendahl

Albert S. Bergendahl

Friday, May 29th, 1942 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Albert S. Bergendahl (age 78) passed away on July 10, 2020 at the McClure Respite House in Colchester, Vermont after many years battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Al was born in Liberty, New York on May 29th, 1942 to Helen (née Schiffer) and Albert Roosevelt Bergendahl. Al grew up in Smallwood, NY. After graduating from Monticello High School, he earned three degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY: a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (1963), a Master of Science in Geology (1965), and a PhD in Chemistry (1970). He spent two years in South America working for Schlumberger, at the time an engineering company serving the petrochemical industry. In August 1967, he married Dorothy P. Armbruster at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow in North Tarrytown, NY.

After moving his growing family to Essex Junction, Vermont in 1970, he began many years service with IBM. In 1992, Al took early retirement. He then provided independent consulting services to many companies in the semi-conductor industry. Throughout his career he enjoyed attending conferences and technical meetings with colleagues, providing him opportunities to travel much of the world.
Al is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Kym, and her husband, Jenns Robertson (Alexandria, VA); his daughter, Lisa, and husband, Carsten and daughter Dora Christiansen (Søvind, Denmark); his son, Marc, and wife, Louise, and their children, Maxwell, Rose and Alexander (Troy, NY). He also leaves his brother, Robert, his wife, Marlene, and their children and their families. He is predeceased by his sister, Lynn (née Bergendahl) Longshore, but is survived by her daughter, Lori Lynn and her family.
We would like to thank all the numerous members of the UVM medical staff who have contributed to his care over the last 10 years. We extend special thanks to the exceptional service of Dr. C. Hebert, Dr. P. Unger, brother-in-law John G. Armbruster, social worker J. Hauptman and the Miller 5 team, the Interventional Radiology team, and Home Health and Hospice Group. In addition, the family thanks Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington, the Vermont Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Associations (APDA), and the McClure Miller Respite House.

A celebration of Al’s life will occur at a later date when conditions permit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Al’s name to: American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 397, Montpelier, VT 05601-0397), The American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA 72 East Concord Street, C 3, Boston, MA 02118), or The Brownell Library Foundation (P.O. Box 264, Essex Junction, VT 05453-0264).
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Greg Taylor

Posted at 07:08pm
I was a graduate student at RPI during the year that Al spent his sabbatical working with RPI's Center for Integrated Electronics. We ended up spending many hours most days of that year working together. I learned much from both his experience and his practicality. In the end his mentorship was probably the most valuable part of my graduate education and something that has stuck with me.

For 15 or 20 years after graduating I would occasionally run into Al at technical conferences and it would be like old times again. I realized earlier today that it had been a while since we've met and learned that he had passed. He was a giant in the industry and a great human being. I'm going to miss him.

Please know that my thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Liz Schick

Posted at 09:17am
Dottie, I’m so, so sorry Bergie had to go through so much in order to find peace. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love will make it easier for you. Liz Schick

Catherine Stevens

Posted at 02:17pm
Dottie, our sympathies on Al's death.
Catherine and Brian Stevens

Leslie Allen

Posted at 09:20am
My condolences to Dottie and family. Bergi was a gentleman and a gentle man; one of the most fun guys in the world. He will be greatly missed.

Howard Kalter

Posted at 07:02am
Condolences Dottie and family. Bergi will be missed by everyone.
Howard and Carol Kalter

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