Manfred K. Hummel

  • Died: June 3, 2018
  • Location: Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Manfred K. Hummel, of Newton Highlands formerly of Underhill VT died on June 3, 2018. He was 82.

Manfred was born in Leipzig, Germany and had lived in Vermont for 40 years before moving to Newton 12 years ago. He graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile AL, and received master's degrees from Johns Hopkins and St. Michael's College. He taught English at Rice Memorial High School in So. Burlington, VT for 36 years. Manfred was a devoted father and husband, a helpful soul and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Beloved husband for 52 years of Margaret Parmelee Hummel. Loving father of Paul R. and his wife Jessica Greenfield of Newton, Thomas R. and his wife Rika Ochiai of Los Angeles, Peter M. and his wife Priya Shetty-Hummel of New York, NY and Maria M. Hummel and her husband Kyle Creason of Burlington VT. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren Hannah, Theo, Felix, Lukas, Aylie, Bowie, Bruce, Pari and Preet, and his brothers Ulrich and Gerwin both of Germany.

A funeral service will be held on Fri June 8 at 11 AM in at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1135 Walnut St. Newton Highlands. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Manfred's memory may be made to the Parish of St. Paul.


Condolence & Memory Journal

A great teacher. He taught me English at Rice High School 50 years ago. I still remember him and appreciate what he did for me.

Posted by Kevin Berry, MD, FACC - Pelham, NH - Student   March 27, 2021

For some strange reason, just today I was thinking of my favorite high school teacher, Manfred Hummel, so I decided to Google him. I was so sad to see that he had just passed away, and that I easily could have been reacquainted with him since I now live in nearby Needham, MA, just a few miles from his late home. Mr. Hummel inspired in me a love of literature and especially of Old and Middle English texts such as Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales -- texts I have read and re-read several times since he first exposed me to them circa 1981-82 at Rice Memorial High School. I fondly remember his kind, gentle demeanor, his wry sense of humor, his passion for his subjects, and his deep commitment to his students. I can still hear his voice intoning the Old English line describing the approaching monster, Grendel, in Beowulf: "á cóm of móre under misthleoum Grendel gongan godes yrre bær . . ." Or in Modern English: "Then came from the moor under the misty cliffs Grendel walking, God's wrath he bore . . ." Still gives me goosebumps! My heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Hummel's family.

Donald "Skip" Lockhart

Posted by Donald Lockhart - Needham, MA   June 13, 2018

Dear Margaret, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Betty Jane and Chris Allen

Posted by BJ Allen - Essex Junction, VT - Family Friend   June 13, 2018

Posted by Ted and Marie Tedford - Underhill Center, VT   June 12, 2018

I have always wanted to thank Mr. Hummel for being my teacher and for serving as such an inspiration to all of us with his gentle ways, a man filled with integrity. I had him for sophomore and senior years at Rice, lucky to have learned what I know of the American canon from this good man.

Posted by Joyce Sheehey - Burlington, VT - Student   June 09, 2018

My deep sympathy at this time of loss. Manfred was a wonderful person and teacher. He influenced the lives of many young students and I will always be grateful for his support of my son, Dan
Linda Chiasson South Burlington Vermont

Posted by A friend   June 08, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Posted by A friend   June 07, 2018

Dearest Margaret -
We have been continually moved and inspired by the full and lovely life that you have both created together - by your commitment to "thinking globally" and "acting locally" - whether it was Manfred moving from Literature professor to building maintenance, and Margaret from State politics to inspiring this little parish to take big risks for justice and inclusion".. And especially holding dear in my memory laughter and story telling around your infinitely expandable kitchen table!. May Manfred's name continue to be a blessing

Love.. John and Tim

Posted by John McDargh - Newton Centre, MA - Friend   June 07, 2018

Dear Margaret and children, Richard and I were so sad to read of Manfred's passing. I have only the happiest of memories of you, and him, and the kids while you lived in Burlington. We eventually joined your move out of Burlington to Jericho, though it seems that you moved to the suburbs of Boston to be near your children. I hope they and you are doing as well as possible. All is relatively "normal" here, with the exception that Jessica (almost 49 now), had a recent brush with a rare and aggressive cancer, and seems to have beaten it for now. She has gone back to work and to her passion, skydiving. (Always was a spitfire.) Should you find yourselves back in Chittenden County, we now have a big house, with lots of room, and would love to see you. Our best to you all, Elizabeth (Bernstein)

Posted by Elizabeth Bernstein - Jericho, VT - Friend   June 07, 2018

Dear Margaret and Family,

Norm and I are so sorry to read of Manfred's death. We have fond memories of you and Manfred gardening in our backyard in Essex Junction. Manfred was a good man and enriched so many lives as a friend and teacher.

With deep sympathy and caring,

Mary and Norm Gauthier

Posted by Mary Gauthier - South Burlington, VT - Friend   June 06, 2018

Dear Margaret,
I am so sorry to hear of Manfred's passing.
He was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met.And you two have been perfect partners.My thoughts and prayers are with Manfred, and you Margaret, and your family during this time. Gary Filak

Posted by Gary Filak - Leesburg, VA - Friend   June 06, 2018

Our deepest Sympathies and Prayers to the family

Posted by The Olgyay Family - Winooski, VT   June 06, 2018

Mr. Hummel was the finest teacher I ever had. My life has been far richer for having him as my teacher and my friend. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Posted by Clayton Trutor - MA - Student   June 06, 2018

Your father was a very kind, humble man and a wonderful teacher. May the wonderful memories remain in your heart for life.

Posted by Eileen O'Rourke - Burlington   June 06, 2018

Fond memories of Manfred, special teacher and neighbor. Prayers for Margaret and family.

Posted by Dick and Kit Wheatley - Underhill, VT - Friend   June 05, 2018

Mr. Hummel was my homeroom and English teacher. It was my best year of English study. He made it fun and interesting. For some reason I was thinking of him on Sunday. May he rest in peace and I will always remember him fondly as a great teacher.

Posted by Susan DragonCrosby - Barre, VT - Student   June 05, 2018


I had Mr. Hummel for German, along with Paul and Tom. I had lots of trouble with it and Mr. Hummel never lost patience with me.

Posted by anne clewley - Saint Pauls, NC - Student   June 05, 2018

Fondest memories of being introduced to German 1 and Shakespeare, as well as discussing possible family connections, by this gentle man. May he rest in the delight of his Lord!

Posted by Carrie Parmly Irish - Raleigh, NC - Student   June 05, 2018