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NO. R-186. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING DR. WILLIAM ELWIN "BILL" HODGKIN ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.

(J.R.H. 148)

Offered by: Representative Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, 40 years ago, after graduating from the University of Vermont Medical School, Bill Hodgkin sought the excitement of a major metropolitan medical practice, working in hospitals in Boston, New York City and Seattle, and

Whereas, in the 1960s, desirous of returning to Vermont, he joined the faculty of his medical school alma mater where for a decade he helped prepare Vermont's future physicians, and

Whereas, in the 1970s, discouraged that the personal doctor-patient relationship was rapidly disappearing, as the medical universe was metamorphosing into an increasingly managed care environment, Bill abandoned medical academia for a solo rural practice based in Hinesburg and the homes of his patients as he drove his reliable old jalopy along the roadways of Vermont, and

Whereas, he truly epitomized a country doctor who treats several generations of the same family, makes house calls and whose presence on the state's medical scene has nearly vanished, and

Whereas, during his years of solo medical practice, Bill Hodgkin has not merely prescribed medication to ease his patients' physical maladies, but equally important, he has sympathetically listened to their concerns and, in return, offered his wise counsel and friendly support, and

Whereas, although he has kept abreast of the latest medical advances, and, as a concession to contemporary telecommunications technology, carried a beeper, Bill's modality of operation harkened back to the lifestyle of a bygone era, and

Whereas, in addition to his civilian medical practice, he had a parallel existence as Commander William E. Hodgkin, a Vermont Army National Guard Surgeon who served his state and country for 33 years and retired with the rank of Colonel, and

Whereas, he has unfortunately been forced to also retire from his solo medical practice due to poor health, and

Whereas, his truly appreciative and admiring patients were deeply saddened and dismayed to learn that no longer could they ring up their most attentive and compassionate doctor who still regularly made house calls, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends best wishes and congratulations to Dr. William Elwin Hodgkin for a job extraordinarily well done, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. William E. Hodgkin in Hinesburg.