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(J.R.H. 155)

Offered by: Representatives Pembroke of Bennington and Sinnott of Bennington.

Whereas, the village of North Bennington has been the center of William Flood's life since the age of five, and

Whereas, he decided to devote his life to the practice of medicine, and

Whereas, in order to accomplish this worthy objective, William Flood temporarily departed the familiar surroundings of his boyhood home to attend St. Michael's College and the University of Vermont Medical School, and

Whereas, in 1948, upon completing his internship at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. William Flood returned to North Bennington where he commenced the general practice of medicine as well as continuing his association with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and

Whereas, he interrupted his North Bennington practice in 1951 in order to serve his nation as a United States Navy physician during the Korean Conflict, and

Whereas, in 1959, Dr. Flood recognized the critical need for an obstetrical and gynecological specialist in North Bennington and successfully embarked on a three-year commuting residency at the Albany Medical Center while simultaneously maintaining his general medicine practice in North Bennington, and

Whereas, in 1962, after completing his residency, he began an obstetrics and gynecological practice in North Bennington and delivered approximately 8,000 babies, and

Whereas, as a member of the staff at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Dr. William Flood has held the positions of Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Surgery as well as serving on several significant committees, including the Medical Executive Committee and the Medical Records Committee, and

Whereas, in recognition of his outstanding work as an obstetrician and gynecologist, in 1974 he was named as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and

Whereas, although Dr. Flood concluded his obstetrical career in 1992, he continues tomaintain an active gynecology practice in North Bennington as well as his half-century long association with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and

Whereas, in warm appreciation of the dedication and devotion that this very special physician has given to the health care of its residents, the village of North Bennington is commemorating the first half century of his medical career by holding a Dr. William Flood Day on June 14, 1998, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to extend its congratulations on this personal and professional milestone to Dr. William Flood, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. William Flood.