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NO. R-218. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF GORDON S. "MICKEY" COCHRAN.

(J.R.H. 158)

Offered by: Representatives Doyle of Richmond and Robb of Swanton.

Whereas, Gordon S. "Mickey" Cochran's dedication to his children's becoming successful competitive alpine skiers led to the establishment of a much beloved family enterprise that has enabled thousands of youngsters to learn to ski, and

Whereas, the Cochran family's skiing notoriety started when Mickey, and his wife Ginny, installed a rope-tow on their Richmond back hill in order to more easily facilitate their children's alpine racing instruction, and

Whereas, with the family's own alpine racing course established, Mickey, devotedly and patiently, taught his four youngsters, Marilyn, Barbara Ann, Bobby and Lindy, the techniques and intricacies of this rapid paced sport, and

Whereas, his children paid great attention to their father's teachings as they each became members of the United States Olympic Alpine Ski Team and Barbara Ann won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, and

Whereas, Mickey's own self-taught expertise, both as a skier, and as a teacher of young athletes, led to his serving as the United States Alpine Ski Team Coach, and

Whereas, as the holder of both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Vermont, Mickey continued his association with the university, in particular working closely with the ski team, and

Whereas, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Army's 84th Infantry Division and fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and

Whereas, beyond their family and Olympic endeavors, Mickey and Ginny Cochran nurtured the budding skiing aspirations of thousands of Vermont youngsters by operating an innovative children's instructional and lollipop racing program at their friendly Richmond skiing area, and

Whereas, Cochran's Ski Area epitomizes the very best Vermont tradition of a family managed business that takes enormous pride in serving its patrons, and

Whereas, the Cochran family has a stellar reputation for neighborliness and communityspirit, and

Whereas, Vermonters were saddened to learn of Mickey Cochran's death, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends it sincere sympathy to the family of Gordon S. "Mickey" Cochran as they lovingly remember their wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ginny Cochran.