NO. R-84. JOINT RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF THOMAS P. SALMON.
(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 Vermonts voters, as their choice for governor, and
Whereas, during his gubernatorial tenure he served as chair of the New England Governors Conference and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors 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 states 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. Michaels College, and
Whereas, in 1991, when the University of Vermont was in need of new direction, he accepted an interim appointment as the schools president, and in 1993 the universitys 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.