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NO. R-10. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE F. RAY KEYSER, SR. ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY.

(J.R.H. 5)

Offered by: Representatives Milne of Washington and Winters of

Williamstown.

Whereas, while F. Ray Keyser, Sr. was born in Woodsville, New Hampshire on September 29, 1898, he has resided in Chelsea since the age of 20, and

Whereas, after studying at Norwich University and reading the law, he was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1929, and

Whereas, F. Ray Keyser, Sr. enthusiastically served the citizens of Chelsea in many local public offices, including town auditor, town moderator and school director, as well as conscientiously representing them in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, he demonstrated his legal skills as the Orange County State's Attorney, and

Whereas, in 1953, Governor Lee Emerson, recognizing F. Ray Keyser, Sr.'s outstanding administrative skill and political judgment, appointed him to the senior executive branch position of Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, and

Whereas, while he significantly contributed to the operations of the executive and legislative branches of state government, his most enduring public role was in the judicial branch where he initially served on the Superior Court bench from 1956 until 1964, and

Whereas, his judicial wisdom and temperament led, in 1964, to his appointment to the Supreme Court where he honorably sat in judgment until 1975, and

Whereas, even after retiring at the age of 77, he continued to hear cases both at trial and on appeal until the very youthful age of 90, and

Whereas, to commemorate F. Ray Keyser, Sr.'s illustrious career as a dedicated public servant, the recently restored courtroom at the Chelsea County Court House has been rededicated in his honor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is most honored to congratulate former Justice F. Ray Keyser, Sr. as he commences his second century as one of Vermont's truly outstanding citizens, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to former Justice Keyser.