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NO. R-41. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Representative and Senator Harry U. Lawrence of Lyndon.

(J.R.H. 29)

Offered by: Representatives Hudson of Lyndon and Crawford of Burke.

Whereas, historically, the Northeast Kingdom has proudly elected legislators who are constantly watchful of any unnecessary and excessive state expenditures, and have sought to preserve and extol their region’s virtues of self-reliance and individual initiative, and

Whereas, Harry U. Lawrence, though born beyond the Kingdom’s borders in the town of Weathersfield, truly represented his Caledonia County constituency in the House for a decade, and later for a term in the Senate, as he forthrightly declared his allegiance to the traditional values of his adopted home county, and

Whereas, he settled in Lyndon at the age of 28, having graduated from the Bradford Academy and long since determined that his life’s profession would be in agriculture, and

Whereas, Harry U. Lawrence interrupted his toiling of the fields in 1967 to serve his neighbors in the then newly-reapportioned House of Representatives, representing District 26, that in those days comprised eight municipalities, and

Whereas, after a decade of honest no-nonsense legislative service, Harry U. Lawrence sought to return to the less hectic pace of his farm, and

Whereas, his outstanding reputation as a hard-working and thoughtful legislator led to his abandoning his farm once more to return to Montpelier in 1979, for a final term in the General Assembly, this time as one of the two Caledonia County Senators, and

Whereas, Harry U. Lawrence’s service on behalf of Vermont agriculture was reflected by his membership on the boards of Cabot Creamery and the Vermont Farm Bureau, which in 1989 bestowed on him its Keith Wallace Award, recognizing former legislator Lawrence’s significant contributions to Vermont agriculture, and

Whereas, he was deeply committed to providing local students a sound education and he exercised this interest through his service as a trustee and president of Lyndon Institute, and

Whereas, throughout his life, Harry U. Lawrence maintained a keen interest in the political life of the Northeast Kingdom and was never reticent in expressing his views, and

Whereas, he was the husband of the late Carolyn Lawrence, and the father of three sons, the late Russell Lawrence, and Robert and Richard Lawrence of Lyndon, one daughter, Virginia Ray of Bennington, and five grandchildren, and

Whereas, his death marks the passing of one of the Northeast Kingdom’s most colorful and venerated public figures, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Representative and Senator Harry U. Lawrence, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to Richard Lawrence, Robert Lawrence and Virginia Ray.