Deborah Ann Kerr was born in September of 1959 in St. Johnsbury, VT. Debbie, as she was known to family and friends, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018, at her childhood home in Waitsfield, VT, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her partner, Ed Dillon, in 2006. Debbie leaves behind her parents, Tom and Colleen Kerr; siblings, Cathy, Jimmy and his wife Jill, Brian and his wife Molly Mahar, and Becky Smith and her husband Jay; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Debbie was an avid athlete. While attending Harwood Union High School (Class of 1977) she played basketball and competed on the ski team. At New England College she also played basketball and taught skiing at Pats Peak. Throughout her life, she loved to ski the mountains of the Mad River Valley and enjoyed ski trips to various western mountain destinations. She had a passion for golf and always took the opportunity to play whenever she could. She liked watching sports, especially football, and was a loyal New England Patriots fan.
Debbie was named to the Who’s Who of American Universities and Colleges while attending New England College and she graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in geology. She received her M.S. in engineering management in 1983 from Boston College and she was certified as a project management professional. She also worked toward her doctorate at George Washington University. Debbie had a very successful career in the field of engineering and traveled the world working in multiple locations. She was able to retire early, 2013, from her last position at SAIC where she was an assistant vice president and engineering division manager.
In 2016, Debbie moved from Reston, Virginia, where she had lived for many years, to a golf community in Eatonton, Georgia, where she played golf year round and enjoyed traveling with family and friends.
She especially loved visiting her parents and family in Waitsfield and made frequent trips home. She spent much of her free time observing and studying different animals, bird watching with her mother, and always took extra time to watch her favorites, hawks and eagles.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (www. cvhhh.org) or Wellstar Neuro Rehabilitation (Wellstar Foundation), Marietta, GA, (www.wellstar.org/foundation/ pages/default.aspx) are appreciated. Assisting the family is Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com.