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(J.R.H. 156)

Offered by: Representative Neiman of Georgia.

Whereas, Keith Stafford of Georgia, was a lifelong Vermonter who served his state and community as an educator, athletic coach, volunteer firefighter, civil defense coordinator and as a member of the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, while a student at Phillips Exeter Academy, he first displayed his athletic agility as a member of the school's football and wrestling teams, and

Whereas, after military service as a paratrooper in the United States Army in Japan, Keith Stafford matriculated at Johnson State College, where his love of sports was once again ably demonstrated by his active participation on the college's baseball and basketball varsity teams, and

Whereas, after earning his college degree, he commenced his career as an educator and athletic coach, initially at Colchester Junior High School, and then at the Church Street School in St. Albans, where he taught English and science, coached basketball, and was so impressive a teacher that he was soon elevated to the position of school principal, and

Whereas, Keith Stafford subsequently joined the faculty of Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, where he taught courses in physics and earth science and was the school's very successful wrestling coach, and

Whereas, he continued to pursue his own educational advancement, earning master's degrees from the University of Vermont in education, and from the University of Oklahoma in geology, and

Whereas, in 1982, Keith Stafford was inducted into the Johnson State College Athletic Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, when not engaged in academic, athletic or volunteer firefighting duties, he would often delight his friends musically with his superb banjo and keyboard recitals, and

Whereas, after retiring from his 43-year career as an educator, the voters of the town of Georgia, recognizing Keith Stafford's wisdom and sound judgment, elected him to a seat in the House of Representatives where he served with distinction as a member of the House Committee on Education, and

Whereas, he was the loving husband of Arlene Stafford, the father of daughters Joan and Karla, a son, Scott, and the grandfather of two granddaughters, Erin and Meghan, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of former Representative Keith Stafford of Georgia, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Arlene Stafford of Georgia.