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NO. R-107. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF SENATOR JACK BARRY OF CHITTENDEN DISTRICT.

( J.R.S. 48)

Offered by: Members of the Senate.

Whereas, Jack Barry resided nearly his entire life in Vermont, having attended public school in Waterbury and St. Michael’s College, and

Whereas, after honorably serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he embarked on an extraordinary career as a highly articulate, informative and respected broadcast interviewer, host and commentator, and

Whereas, Jack Barry provided an engaging forum for radio listeners throughout the Burlington area to discuss their views concerning the important issues of the day, and

Whereas, he utilized the airwaves of Vermont Educational Television to enlighten Vermonters concerning the legislative issues that were being debated in their capital city, and

Whereas, he sought, through the electronic medium, to raise the civic awareness of his listeners and viewers regardless of their own political or partisan perspectives, and

Whereas, Jack was not merely a much respected broadcaster but also a direct participant in the political process, having served as Senator Patrick Leahy’s first press secretary, and

Whereas, after concluding his distinguished journalistic career, Jack Barry served the citizens of Chittenden County in a more politically-representative manner as one of their state senators in Montpelier, and

Whereas, throughout his tenure in Montpelier, and despite recurring health problems, Senator Barry never lost his enthusiasm for representing his constituents through the legislative process or his devotion to the causes of social justice to which he was so deeply committed, and

Whereas, despite his many accomplishments in Vermont, Jack Barry always put his love and devotion to his extended family as his first priority, and

Whereas, the members of the Vermont General Assembly were deeply saddened to learn that their much respected colleague, and cherished friend, had lost his valiant andcourageous battle to continue a life that had a profound and lasting impact on the citizens of Vermont, and

Whereas, Senator Barry’s presence will be truly missed on the Senate floor and throughout the State House, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of the General Assembly express their most fond farewell to Senator Jack Barry and extend their deepest personal sympathy to his beloved wife, Beverly, and his children and grandchildren, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation at the memorial service that is to be held in memory of Senator Jack Barry on Wednesday, May 7, 1997.