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(J.R.H. 204)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Jordan of Middlesex and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.

Whereas, John J. Wackerman exemplified the highest ideals of public service as a member of the United States Navy during World War II, and later as a Montpelier Municipal Court Judge, state legislator, Commissioner of Social Welfare, and on the staff of the former U.S. Veterans' Administration, and

Whereas, after being honorably discharged from the United States Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander, he earned a law degree from St. John's University Law School in Brooklyn, New York, and

Whereas, in 1949, John J. Wackerman decided to settle in the convivial community of Montpelier where he established a private law practice, and

Whereas, his legal skills and judicial temperament were soon recognized as he ascended to the bench as a part-time judge of the Montpelier Municipal Court, and

Whereas, John J. Wackerman's interest in the law extended to the legislative process, and he twice successfully stood for Montpelier's seat in the House of Representatives in 1952 and 1954, and

Whereas, the voters of Washington County elected him to the Senate in 1956 and again in 1958, and

Whereas, during his legislative career, John J. Wackerman was appointed to chair the Water Conservation Board, and

Whereas, in 1959, based on his outstanding performance as an attorney, a legislator, a judge and Water Conservation Board chair, Governor Robert Stafford appointed Senator Wackerman as Commissioner of the Department of Social Welfare, a position he held with great distinction for the next decade, and

Whereas, beyond his professional and official responsibilities, John J. Wackerman was an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts, the Kiwanis Club and the Community Chest, and an avid gardener and sailor, and

Whereas, his wife Olga, three daughters Susan, Jorie and Linda, and his two grandchildren, will miss his companionship, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of its former colleague John J. Wackerman, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow, Olga Wackerman in Palm Coast, Florida.