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(J.R.H. 149)

Offered by: Representative Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, when Dr. J. Edward Marceau commenced his Rutland-based general dental practice in 1938, he was one of only seven dentists licensed in the state during that year, and

Whereas, in 1947, after completing advance graduate training, Dr. Marceau relocated his dental practice to Burlington where he became one of Vermont's pioneer orthodontists, and

Whereas, Dr. Marceau quickly recognizing that Vermonters' teeth were badly neglected, was motivated to lead a spirited crusade for improved dental care, and

Whereas, one of Dr. Marceau's first efforts to alleviate this appalling situation was to help establish a school for dental hygienists who traveled across the state distributing toothbrushes and educating youngsters on the importance of fighting tooth decay, and

Whereas, he successfully convinced many communities to introduce fluoridation into their water systems as an effective method to battle tooth decay, and

Whereas, Dr. Marceau was instrumental in persuading the General Assembly to create the Tooth Fairy program which enabled thousands of Vermont children to receive much needed professional dental care, and which drastically reduced the percentage of children in this state who suffered from dental maladies, and

Whereas, Dr. Marceau was perhaps unique among Vermont's dentists as he became a pilot and regularly flew to St. Johnsbury where patients eagerly availed themselves of his professional expertise, and

Whereas, in 1999, after serving the needs of his dental patients for 61 years, Dr. Marceau retired from his practice at the Vermont Dental Care office in Winooski in order that he can dedicate his complete attention to the 1,400-tree apple orchard that he and his wife Jacqueline have been cultivating for 30 years in South Burlington, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Dr. J. Edward Marceau on the completion of an extraordinary career that has profoundly improved the dental health of Vermonters and wishes him well in his horticultural endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. J. Edward Marceau in South Burlington.