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NO. R-177. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY JR., CAROLYN BESSETTE KENNEDY AND LAUREN BESSETTE.

(J.R.H. 137)

Offered by: Representatives Tracy of Burlington and Dunne of Hartland.

Whereas, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. tragically lost his father and uncle at an early age, and a brother who died in infancy, and

Whereas, while he lent his celebrity status as the only surviving son of former President Kennedy to many worthy charities, he simultaneously sought to have a private life away from the gawking news photographers and curiosity seekers, and

Whereas, after graduating from Brown University and New York University Law School, he served as an assistant Manhattan District Attorney and later as the publisher of George Magazine, and

Whereas, in 1996, on a secluded Georgia island, John Fitzgerald

Kennedy Jr. wed Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, who was his loving partner in life, and

Whereas, recently he began a new avocation as an aviator, fulfilling a lifelong fascination with flying and a desire to become a pilot, and

Whereas, on Friday, July 23, 1999, while piloting his plane, and accompanied by his wife and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, he was lost at sea in the haze of cloud-filled night, and

Whereas, Vermont and the entire nation were stunned at the untimely deaths of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its most profound sympathy to the Kennedy and Bessette families on the loss of their beloved John, Carolyn and Lauren, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Anne and Dr. Richard Freeman and to William Bessette.