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NO. R-49. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM H. MORSE.

(J.R.H. 37)

Offered by: Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Colvin of Bennington, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, William H. Morse was a civic leader in Bennington County of towering stature whose 91-year life was devoted to enhancing the county’s economic viability, transportation accessibility, medical facilities and recreational opportunities, and

Whereas, in the 1940s, William H. Morse was instrumental in building the Bennington State Airport, assuring that Bennington was on the map for the expanding number of business and personal air travelers, and

Whereas, in recognition of his role in the airport’s development, the General Assembly named this important transportation facility the William H. Morse Airport, a rare honor in Vermont, for a living individual, and

Whereas, William H. Morse’s transportation interests extended beyond the airport’s perimeter as he was a leading proponent of constructing a new road to enable the motoring public to circumvent downtown Bennington’s traffic bottlenecks, and

Whereas, his persistent efforts to develop this new highway earned him the nickname "Mr. Bypass," and in 1999, at the age of 89, he was thrilled to attend the road’s groundbreaking, and

Whereas, William H. Morse was a volunteer public servant in the true Vermont tradition, having enthusiastically served as a member of the Bennington Planning Commission, and

Whereas, recognizing that Bennington, as a regional center, required excellent health care facilities, he sought to promote that objective by serving on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s board of directors, and as a significant financial contributor to its capital development, and

Whereas, desirous of expanding recreational opportunities for both youth and adults, William H. Morse generously donated the Beech Street fields in Bennington that serve as the venue for many athletic activities, and

Whereas, his abundant energy and vitality were apparent as he worked until the day he died, and

Whereas, he will be missed by the citizens of Bennington, and especially his family, including his wife Phyllis, and daughters Eva and Alice, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sympathies to the family of William H. Morse, on the occasion of his passing, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Phyllis Morse and Eva Cole in Bennington and Alice Cone in Spartansburg, South Carolina.