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(J.R.H. 54 )

Offered by:Representatives Campbell of Rockingham, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Heath of Westford, Kehler of Pomfret, Metzger of Milton, Parizo of Essex, Westman of Cambridge and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Thomas P. Salmon has in large measure devoted his career to public service on behalf of both his local community and the entire state of Vermont, and

Whereas, after completing his academic studies, he established a law practice in the village of Bellows Falls which is located in the town of Rockingham, and

Whereas, shortly after commencing his legal practice, the leaders of his newly adopted hometown recognized that there was a highly talented young barrister in their midst and prevailed upon him to serve as town counsel, a post that he would retain for the next dozen years, and

Whereas, in 1963, Governor Philip Hoff appointed Thomas Salmon to the bench of the Bellows Falls Municipal Court where he always presided with justice and equanimity, and

Whereas, having gained a foothold in public life as a town counsel and municipal judge, in 1964 he successfully sought a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives where his three terms included serving as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and as the leader of the Democratic Caucus, and

Whereas, Thomas Salmon moved from the most electorally numerous branch of state government to its most singular, by twice being honored in 1972 and 1974 by Vermont’s voters, as their choice for governor, and

Whereas, during his gubernatorial tenure he served as chair of the New England Governor’s Conference and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governor’s Association. While at home Governor Salmon was instrumental in the establishment of both the property tax rebate program and the Vermont Industrial Development Authority, and

Whereas, after leaving the governorship, Thomas Salmon was appointed by President Carter to the board of the United States Railway Association, while in Vermont, he chaired both the Judicial Conduct Board and the Vermont Higher Education PlanningCommission, and

Whereas, desirous of boosting the state’s economy, he cofounded and served as the first chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable, and

Whereas, recognizing the importance of nonprofit organizations, and the critical role of higher education, Thomas Salmon was a founding director of the Vermont Community Foundation and has served on the board of St. Michael’s College, and

Whereas, in 1991, when the University of Vermont was in need of new direction, he accepted an interim appointment as the school’s president, and in 1993 the university’s trustees formally elected him to this distinguished position, and

Whereas, after leading the school through a difficult transitional period, Thomas Salmon is passing on to his successor the leadership of an institution that is vastly improved and better prepared to tackle the educational challenges of the 21st century, and

Whereas, there is no doubt that he will actively and enthusiastically continue his participation in the public discourse that shapes Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the extraordinary and significant role that Thomas P. Salmon has played in the public and economic life of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Clerk of the House be directed to prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Thomas P. Salmon at a special ceremony to be held in the well of the House on April 4, 1997.