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(J.R.H. 131)

Offered by: Entire membership of the House of Representatives.

Whereas, Arthur Pratt was a lifelong and much-admired resident of Rutland County, and

Whereas, he was a graduate of Castleton State College and later earned a graduate degree in education from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, and

Whereas, Arthur Pratt dedicated much of his life to public education as a school teacher at Fair Haven Union High School, the teaching principal at Middletown Springs Elementary School and, administratively, as chair of the board of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union School District, and

Whereas, he was an enthusiastic farmer, and for many years was the proprietor of the Castlewood Firewood Company, and

Whereas, most importantly, Arthur Pratt was an extraordinary public servant in the town of Castleton where his service as a member of the selectboard and as town manager was truly dedicated to improving the municipality's quality of life, and

Whereas, in recognition of his outstanding record as a municipal official, the citizens of Castleton, Fair Haven and West Haven elected him to represent them as their member in the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, during his year in Montpelier, he worked diligently and conscientiously, both as a member of the Committee on Local Government and Elections and on the floor of the House, on behalf of his constituents, and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly were saddened to learn of the death of their friend and colleague, Arthur Pratt, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Representative Arthur D. Pratt, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his companion, Pamela Hidde of Castleton, his daughters, Avis Sawyer of Castleton and Pamela Sweatt of Poultney, and to his sons, Carlton of Fair Haven, Gregory of Castleton, and Zachary of Lansing, Michigan and to Joan Pratt of Castleton.