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NO. R-75. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING RUTH O’CONNOR FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY CAREER AS A VERMONT EDUCATOR.

( J.R.H. 53)

Offered by: Representatives Houston of Ferrisburg and McGrath of Ferrisburg.

Whereas, a good teacher must be patient, skillful, inspiring and dedicated to that most noble profession, namely the imparting to young Vermonters of a rudimentary knowledge of literature, mathematics, science, history, the arts and, most importantly, the ability to exercise independent judgment and reason which is a prerequisite for a virtuous citizen, and

Whereas, Ruth O’Connor, who was born in Ferrisburg at the beginning of the 20th century, began her nearly half century of teaching in 1924 in the towns of Bristol and Monkton before moving to Vergennes where she continued her career until 1968, and

Whereas, she was a veteran of the one room schoolhouse, having taught nine grades simultaneously while still devoting to each child’s educational needs the necessary attention, and

Whereas, in order to more effectively instruct her pupils, she spent a dozen summers studying at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, as a local authority on the life of Ethan Allen, and as the author of a history column for both the Vergennes Enterprise and the Vermonter publications, she was particularly fond of teaching the wondrous history of the Green Mountain state, and

Whereas, she set high standards for her students and challenged them to achieve their very best, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the significant and lasting contributions that Ruth O’Connor has made to educating the children of Addison County, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ruth O’Connor.