Phil and Crea Lintilhac's support of UVM is long-standing and has had a profound impact on Vermont's intellectual life and natural environment.
Through Phil's many years as a botany professor and Crea's service on the Board of Advisors for the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the couple are directly involved in the teaching and research mission of the University. Through the Lintilhac Foundation they continue to help advance UVM's future. Most recently, they established the Lintilhac Foundation Scholarship Challenge - a $1 million grant to spur scholarship endowments at the University of Vermont.
She is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds a masters degree in geology from the University of Vermont. She is involved with Lake Champlain research studies at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College, and also with conservation projects and education programs in Vermont. She is a director of the Lintilhac Foundation.
Phil and Crea were married in 1983 at the Stowe Community Church. An avid amateur pianist herself, Crea now lives with Phil in a house on Lake Champlain surrounded by the Shelburne Farms grounds. It’s a sunny home filled with light woodwork, bright artwork and a Yamaha grand piano. They have three children: Louise, 27; Will, 23; and Paul, 21, a student at Dartmouth.
Her father Raeman Sopher worked as a metallurgist, first for the Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit scientific research organization in Columbus, Ohio, and then at General Dynamic’s Electric Boat division in Connecticut. Crea’s mom, a homemaker, had her hands full getting Crea and her two older brothers settled and introduced into a new school each time they moved.