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NO. R-9. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE LEROY EUGENE LAWRENCE OF SUNDERLAND.

(J.R.H. 4)

Offered by: The entire membership of the House of Representatives.

Whereas, Leroy Eugene Lawrence was a native of East Arlington, and

Whereas, he was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives to represent Sunderland in 1934, becoming, at age 26, the youngest legislator sent to Montpelier in the 1935-36 Biennium, and

Whereas, in 1940, Leroy Eugene Lawrence purchased a dairy farm in Stamford which he maintained until 1964, when he converted the property into a successful golf course that remains under Lawrence family ownership, and

Whereas, as a civically active Stamford voter, he served as both a member of the selectboard and as town moderator, and

Whereas, after a legislative absence of nearly a quarter of a century, in 1956 Leroy Eugene Lawrence was once again elected to the General Assembly for the first of four consecutive terms, and

Whereas, intelligence, political acumen, and wise judgment all contributed to his election as Speaker of the House for the 1961-1962 Biennium, and

Whereas, aside from his municipal and state elected positions, Leroy Eugene Lawrence was a proud member of the Masons for 64 years, a president of the Stamford County Farm Bureau, and served on the State Republican Committee, and

Whereas, he was happily married to Marion (Jepson) Lawrence for 58 years and was the father of two daughters and a son, becoming a beloved grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly mourns the passing of its 91st Speaker, Leroy Eugene Lawrence, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to his son, Stanley L. Lawrence of Stamford and daughters Ms. Ellison Finney of Stamford and Mrs. Linda Noyes of Lady Lake, Florida.