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(J.R.H. 19)

Offered by:All the members of the House.

Whereas, Ennis Cosby struggled through his childhood years to overcome the educational impediments associated with dyslexia, and

Whereas, he achieved this great personal victory while a student at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, and

Whereas, he continued his studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, from which he graduated with honors, and

Whereas, he was enrolled in a doctoral program at Columbia University from which he had earned a Master’s Degree in special education, and

Whereas, he had already demonstrated his dedication to teaching children with learning disabilities, thereby serving as a role model and inspiration for youngsters who encountered difficulties similar to his own, and

Whereas, his life was senselessly and prematurely ended by a random act of violence on a Los Angeles highway, and

Whereas, while his life touched the hearts of many Americans through his fictional portrayal on television, no one felt more kinship for him than his loving family, and

Whereas, millions of persons were shocked to learn of his tragic death, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly extends its sincere condolences and sympathy to his parents Bill and Camille Cosby and to his sisters Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evinn, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill and Camille Cosby.