G. Jason Conway taught at Community College of Vermont for 32 years, right up until his death in the spring of 2010. He will long be remembered as the guy with the white beard who looked a lot like Kris Kringle and was the best teacher that thousands of students in Burlington and St. Albans would say they ever had.
Jason’s classes were memorable. He taught a wide range of courses in psychology and philosophy, plus CCV’s seminal bookend courses: Dimensions of Learning and Seminar in Educational Inquiry. He was a scholar of more things than anyone could imagine; with his wife, Marcia Vance, Jason had a library of well over 10,000 books, and he’d read them all.
Jason was the kind of teacher who changed lives. He recognized the potential of every student to achieve greatness. For Jason, learning started with two people in a room with a shared interest in an open-minded examination of a difficult question. Learning never ended as long as he drew breath, and neither did his bond with his students. Jason was known to remember his students by name from more than 20 years back.
Jason loved a good joke. He loved his animals—a menagerie that included cats, dogs and horses over the years. He lived a simple life with deep-felt convictions and an unerring faith in the power of informed critical thinking. That he and Marcia decided to bequeath a portion of their estate to three educational institutions that serve Vermonters – Burlington College, VSAC, and CCV – is an apt tribute to his generosity and his deep-seeded love of learning. The G. Jason Conway Memorial Scholarship will keep Jason alive in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege of learning from and working with him in our time at CCV.
CCV is now gratefully accepting donations in Jason’s honor to the G. Jason Conway Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have financial need, academic promise, and a propensity for self-directed learning.