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(J.R.H. 27)

Offered by:Representative Milne of Washington.

Whereas, Arthur Silvester spent his formative years in the town of Brattleboro and then traveled northward to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, upon completing his course work at the university, he immediately embarked on a lifelong career as a committed educator, first as a research instructor in history at UVM and subsequently as a teacher, principal and ultimately superintendent in various school systems in both Vermont and Massachusetts, and

Whereas, always interested in improving the quality of public education, Arthur Silvester helped establish the Vermont Student Council Organization and served as a Vermont representative to the New England Commission for Public Secondary Schools, and

Whereas, Arthur Silvester’s passion for teaching has never ceased and his current courses that are being offered at the Vermont Community College mark his 57th consecutive year as a practicing pedagogue, and

Whereas, Arthur Silvester’s community interests have extended beyond the field of education to encompass active participation in local government affairs, membership on the Vermont Parole Board and his continuing to chair the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission, and

Whereas, February 4, 1997, marks Arthur Silvester’s birthday and an opportune time to recognize his very special commitment to public service and the citizens of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is proud to recognize Arthur Silvester’s many decades of public service that have improved the quality of life for Vermonters both in the classroom and the community at large, and be it further

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