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Dear NECI Community,

With sadness in our hearts, we announce that Fran Voigt, our co-founder, died at his home in Cabot on May 21, following a long illness.   In 1980, Fran envisioned a different kind of school that continues to innovate to this day.  His unique curriculum design, combining hands-on learning, competency-based assessment, internships in the industry, and a low faculty-student ratio changed the landscape of the Vermont food scene and culinary education forever. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will continue to live on through the alum, and through the school. 

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his daughter, Dudley; his son, Will; his grandchildren, Mia, Colby and Nala; his brothers, David Voigt (Sue Neufeld) and Rick Voigt (Annemarie Riemer-Voigt); and numerous nieces and nephews. 

There will be a celebration of Fran’s life this summer for his many friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the NECI Scholarship Fund or the VT Foodbank.

Dr. Milan Milasinovic

President