NO. R-67. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Southwest Supervisory Union superintendent Catherine C. Corcoran.
Offered by: Representatives Miller of Shaftsbury, Colvin of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington.
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoran was a shining star among Vermontís 20th century public school educators, and
Whereas, after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, she returned home to teach in the North Bennington Public School, and
Whereas, in 1944, after teaching at Bennington High School, and completion of her masterís degree at the University of Vermont, Catherine C. Corcoran commenced a 22-year tenure as the respected and beloved principal at North Bennington High School, and
Whereas, in 1966, she bid her final farewell to North Bennington High School, and accepted the vice principalship at Mt. Anthony Union High School, and
Whereas, in 1968, recognizing Catherine C. Corcoranís vast experience and extraordinary talent as an educational administrator, she was appointed superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and held this position with distinction until her retirement in 1974, and
Whereas, although her teaching and administrative duties were always centered in the Bennington area, she availed herself of many opportunities to broaden her professional horizons, and was awarded several distinguished academic fellowships, and
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoranís reputation as an educator of high regard was evidenced by her appointment to the White House Commission on Children and Youth, the University of Vermontís bestowing on her an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and her receipt of numerous honors, including the Alumni Association of North Bennington High Schoolís establishment of the Catherine Corcoran Scholarship, and
Whereas, despite her extensive professional commitments, she devoted many hours of service to the community, including the McCullough Library, the Bennington Tutorial Center, the Putnam School of Nursing, the Putnam Health Auxiliary, Paren Recreations and the Bennington Planning Committee, and
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoran was a regular communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington, and
Whereas, while she had superb qualifications as an educator, what made her unique was that her remarkably rich and fulfilling life was, first and foremost, devoted to guiding each and every child who crossed her path, and
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoranís ability to instill discipline was legendary, and
Whereas, her incomparable strength of character, warmth, quiet humor and personal integrity were all evidence of her greatness, and
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoranís excellence as a teacher was demonstrated by her ability to convey a love of learning and make complex subjects easily understood to each and every student, and
Whereas, while she lived and work in a political world, her decisions were always just and fair, and
Whereas, Catherine C. Corcoran will forever be remembered in the minds and hearts of the many persons whose lives she touched, and
Whereas, when her former students and colleagues see children learning and playing in the classrooms and schoolyard at the North Bennington Graded School, they will think of that building as embodying the memory and spirit of Catherine C. Corcoran, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly expresses its sincere sympathy to the family and many friends of Catherine C. Corcoran, on the occasion of her passing, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and John Canfield in Rutland Town, to her sister-in law, Doris Corcoran in St. Augustine, Florida, and to Ernest Lafontaine, principal of the North Bennington Graded School.