NO. R-85. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Assistant Secretary of the Senate, Representative, and Judge William E. Mikell.
Offered by: Senator Lyons of Chittenden County.
Whereas, William E. Mikell was a true citizen-statesman through his enthusiastic service in both municipal government and in the state legislature, and
Whereas, after honorable U.S. Naval service in the Pacific at the conclusion of World War II, and subsequently graduating from Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he embarked on a career devoted to the law, raising a family, and serving his community in myriad capacities, and
Whereas, William E. Mikell commenced the private practice of law in Burlington, but, recognizing that the legal profession entailed creation and not merely application, he assumed the duties of a legislative drafter in the General Assembly, and in 1960, became Assistant Secretary of the Senate, and
Whereas, desirous of directly representing the citizens of Vermont in the General Assembly, he successfully stood for the House of Representatives from the municipality of South Burlington, and
Whereas, William E. Mikell was an early advocate for reapportionment, and later served in the first reapportioned House, representing the towns of Shelburne, Williston, Charlotte and St. George, and
Whereas, his municipal public service included tenure as South Burlington town attorney, and as a member of the Williston Planning Commission, and
Whereas, his outstanding reputation as an attorney and leadership in the legal community led Governor Thomas Salmon to appoint him to the District Court bench, and
Whereas, among the numerous civic and educational organizations that benefited from William E. Mikellís outstanding leadership include the South Burlington Kiwanis Club, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Lung Association, the Greater Burlington Improvement Corporation, the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club, Burke Mountain Academy, the Eastern Ski Association and, most recently, the National Legislative Council of the American Association of Retired Persons, and
Whereas, William E. Mikell and his wife of 44 years, Sara, were the proud parents of four sons, Andrew, Christopher, William Jr., and Jeffrey, and five grandchildren, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of former Judge William Mikell on his passing, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sara Mikell in Williston.