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NO. R-168. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF ROBERT HADLEY GIBSON, SECRETARY OF THE VERMONT SENATE.

(J.R.S. 68)

Offered by: Senator Shumlin of Windsor County, Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, Robert H. Gibson served for four years as an officer in the United States Navy after graduating from Brattleboro High School and Amherst College, and

Whereas, Robert H. Gibson was an unabashed baseball fan, especially of the Detroit Tigers, an uncharacteristic loyalty for a native Vermonter, that dated not only from his days as a law student at the University of Michigan Law School but also from grade school days due to the influence of an attractive cousin from Michigan, and

Whereas, as a civicly-minded individual, Robert H. Gibson successfully held many positions of public trust, including Brattleboro Municipal Judge from 1963-1965, Brattleboro Town Moderator from 1965 until 1974, chair of the Windham County Tax Appeal Board in 1967, member of the Brattleboro Union High School Board from 1969 until 1972, and later Deputy Secretary of State from 1974 to 1976, and

Whereas, Robert H. Gibson served the Vermont Senate as Assistant Secretary from 1963-1967, and

Whereas, he was first elected as Secretary of the Senate in 1967, and

Whereas, Robert H. Gibson performed his senatorial responsibilities with enormous distinction, fairness and equanimity, and

Whereas, he was so highly respected by members of both political parties that, regardless of the partisan alignment of the Senate, he was unanimously and repeatedly reelected to this honorable position for 16 consecutive biennia, and continued to serve as the Senate's much-admired secretary until his death on October 9, 1999, and

Whereas, Robert H. Gibson was well known by his colleagues in the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries, where his friendship and active participation was most welcomed for many years, and

Whereas, in addition to his outstanding work as a public servant, Robert H. Gibson was active in numerous civic, fraternal and religious organizations, including the Elks, the Kiwanis, the American Legion, the VFW, the Jaycees, the Brattleboro Community Chest campaign, and Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier, for which he served as treasurer from 1982 until 1995, and

Whereas, the Vermont General Assembly has designated the Robert H. Gibson River Garden Park in his native Brattleboro in his honor, and

Whereas, he was the devoted husband of Kathryn Gibson, the father of Laura Gibson and the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Ashley, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly mourns with great sadness the passing of the highly esteemed Secretary of the Senate, Robert Hadley Gibson, whose knowledge of parliamentary procedure and legislative protocol was integral and indispensable to the orderly functioning of the Vermont Senate, as well as innumerable joint assemblies, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife, Kathryn Gibson in Montpelier, and to his daughter, Laura Gibson in Brattleboro.