Agnes J. Duffy Endowment for Reading Instruction

Agnes J. Duffy (August 9, 1914 - June 29, 2002) was the mother of JSC Professor Emeritus John J. Duffy, a pre-eminent Vermont historian.  Born in Trenton, NJ August 9, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Jane Finston and Simon Veldof. A 1932 graduate of Trenton High School, she was a lifelong resident of Trenton and Lawrenceville, NJ. She married John Duffy of Trenton in 1932. In the same year they acquired James B. Hunt Mfg. Co., a vendor of fire protection equipment, where she served as bookkeeper and bursar until retiring in 1993. She was a life member of the Trenton Country Club.  This endowment was established by Professor Emeritus John Duffy to honor the memory of his mother in 2003. 


Agnes J. Duffy Reading Instruction Award is a prestigious prize for education majors. It is awarded annually to a Johnson State College undergraduate who excels in learning the theory and practice of teaching reading, as selected by the faculty of the Education Department. 


Recent Recipients


Addie Thompson, English major with secondary licensure, Class of 2011, New Haven, VT



Hilary Bell, Elementary Education and Psychology major with elementary licensure, Class of 2011, Winooski, VT



  • Sarah Dolan, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2009, Barre, VT.



  • Chelsey Snyder, majoring in elementary education, Class of 2008, Chelsea, VT.



  • Joanna Oakley, majoring in elementary education and environmental science/natural resources, Class of 2008, Salisbury, NY.