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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On June 19, in Albuquerque, Annegret Faulstroh Pollard passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. She was 87.

Annegret lived in Craftsbury, and then Walden, for 40 years. She had boundless energy, and was known to many as a passionate advocate for environmental causes; an intrepid world traveler; a lover of classical music, her Greensboro United Methodist church and Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and as a devoted yoga instructor well into her 80s. Like her mother, she was an exceptional gardener who made it look easy. She loved Vermont.

One of six siblings, she was born to Hedwig and Otto Faulstroh in 1937 in Gross-Gerau, a small market / industrial town just south of Frankfurt, Germany. Her childhood was deeply informed by the war, including Allied bombardment of the nearby family business. 

After marrying and proudly becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, she found herself a single mother of three in the late 1960s. This prompted a lifelong pursuit of learning, with Annegret ultimately earning her PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 1993. Among her academic interests were European conflicts of the 20th century, the intersection of women’s lives, politics and religion in 19th century Germany, and the great flu pandemic at the end of the First World War. In her 70s she taught at Johnson State College.

Annegret is survived by her German siblings Richard Faulstroh, Carola Tengler and Heidi Klimsch; her children Heidi Pollard of Albuquerque and son John of Seattle; and her two grandchildren, Miranda and Grace Pollard.

May she rest in peace.

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