Heather Van Blarcom Gumuchian

Heather Van Blarcom Gumuchian died peacefully in Boston on July 13, 2012 at age 45.

Heather was the valedictorian of Stowe High School Class of 1984. At Dartmouth, Heather was a sister in Alpha Chi Omega and played the trumpet in the Dartmouth Wind Symphony and the marching band. Heather graduated Cum Laude in June 1988 with honors in her major of Classical Archeaology. She earned both an MS in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University in 1990.

Heather married Gary Gumuchian in 2001 and made her home in Littleton, Massachusetts since 2002. She was a Certified Public Accountant employed by Deloitte and Touche. She enjoyed church, skiing, golfing, backgammon, the theater, playing the trumpet, knitting and most of all, spending time with her children. Besides her parents, John and Jeannette Van Blarcom, Heather is survived by her husband Gary and her children Gordon and Calista, and her brother Ian Van Blarcom.

Memorial contributions may be made to “The Heather Van Blarcom Gumuchian Endowment Fund” at the Congregational Church of Littleton, Massachusetts.

Classmate Scott Sabol shared these memories that capture Heather’s spirit:

“I think many ‘88s knew Heather much better than I, but I probably knew her before most ‘88s ever did. I first met Heather when we were both juniors in high school. The Dartmouth Alumni Club of Central Vermont initiated a ‘Dartmouth Book Award’ and we were each the recipients for our schools. We met at a dinner held in Montpelier at which many alumni were present. About all I remember from that meeting was Heather’s long brown hair and constant smile. On campus at Dartmouth, our paths seldom seemed to cross, but the few times I saw her, she was always smiling. And although she is now gone, at least I’ll have that smile to remember her by. I’m sure she made the world a better place during her all-too-short time on it.”

Angela Cross Wilkes remembers:

“Heather was our rock, the calm one, the wise one. She lived across the hall from me freshman year and quickly took me into her care for the rest of our time at Dartmouth. I was invited to her home in Stowe, Vermont, for Thanksgiving and Easter. She let me use her printer, taught me about the glories of maple syrup and Vermont cheddar, and cooked wonderful meals during our senior year living together in Maxwell. After graduation, she never missed a Christmas card, a gift to a newborn, or a chance to get together for Indian food when she was in town.”


  • Heather was one of my regular tennis buddies at the River Cluster courts. I played many a doubles match with and against her with our friend Sally, Stephanie Taylor 87, and others. I contacted her last summer because I was heading to Vermont and remembered she grew up in Stowe. She confided her illness to me then and I told her she was in my thoughts. I am sorry she could not win this battle.

    Maorka 28.08.2012
  • Heather was one of those rare individuals who woke up every morning sunny side up. I got to know Heather in Rome, Italy while attending the Classics FSP our Sophomore Fall. Despite being several years younger than a majority of the other students, and with only a few relevant classes under her belt, Heather was clearly one of the quickest, brightest members of the trip.

    Cherise Bransfield 22.10.2012

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