Obituary

Arthur D. Postman, grandfather, designer and community member

Arthur died at home on October 18, 2021, comfortably and peacefully. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in early May of this year, he underwent surgery and a brief course of radiation and then astonished various doctors with his physical strength and ability to retain his mobility and most of his faculties. He spent the summer and early fall in good spirits, visiting with family and friends, enjoying the serenity and beauty of his beloved Northeast Kingdom, and expressing gratitude for the many blessings of his life.

Arthur was born in New Haven, Connecticut on April 9, 1934, and graduated from Yale School of Architecture. He discovered his aptitude and love for design and fabrication early in his life, making model airplanes as a child and winning first prize – a brand new Chevrolet – at the Northeast Regional Soap Box Derby at the age of 14 with a car he had built himself. His children later enjoyed riding the winning car down Postman Lane, the long dirt road leading to the Postman family home in Brownington.

Arthur was dedicated to his community, spending the majority of his career designing, building, and managing affordable housing for families and the elderly in Newport and Derby Line. He lovingly maintained the 200-acre property at the end of Postman Lane, clearing brush from the woods and tending to the trees, flowers, and bushes, and, in his later years, developed a close friendship with the Amish neighbors who leased and farmed portions of the land.

Among his favorite things were classical music, meditation, and home-made meals with family.

Arthur is survived by his wife Barbara Warren Postman, daughter Robin Postman Benson and her husband Al Benson and granddaughter Sage Benson of Bagley Minnesota; daughter Rachel Postman of Brooklyn, NY; son Warren Postman and his wife Huijun Postman and grandchildren Micah Postman and Mila Postman of Arlington, VA; Daughter Leah R Postman of Topsham, ME and granddaughters Emily R Postman of Washington, DC and Hannah L. Postman of San Francisco, CA; sister Evelyn Crane and her husband Milton Crane.

A memorial gathering will be announced in the future.

If friends de­sire, memo­r­ial con­tri­bu­tions in Arthur’s name can be made to Baby Levi Miller Hospital Fund. 3317 Schoolhouse Road, Brownington, VT 05860. Levi was born this spring with severe heart defects and his Amish community is supporting his need for multiple operations up to and through his teenage years.

 


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