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NO. R-87. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Senator Donald Ladd Smith of Washington County.

(J.R.S. 39)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County and Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County.

Whereas, Donald L. Smith was an outstanding public servant who, for many decades, served his lifelong hometown of Barre, the state of Vermont and the nation with great distinction, and

Whereas, he was a successful businessman, political party leader, family farm supporter, and active member of numerous fraternal and community organizations, and

Whereas, Donald L. Smith’s first role under the golden dome was as a legislative page during the 1937 session of the General Assembly, and

Whereas, after graduating from Spaulding High School and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he embarked on a multiplicity of careers in agriculture, the insurance industry, and most importantly in public service, and

Whereas, Donald L. Smith first stood for election to a Barre Town municipal office in 1950, when he was elected a justice of the peace, a position he retained for the remainder of his life, and

Whereas, for 30 years, he presided over the Barre Town Meeting as the municipality’s moderator, and served for three years on the selectboard, and

Whereas, in 2000, Donald L. Smith received a special award from the Secretary of State, for his half-century of service on behalf of Barre Town, and

Whereas, he so enjoyed his tenure as a legislative page that, in 1954, he won election to the Vermont Senate, becoming one of the youngest members in the chamber’s history, and

Whereas, Donald L. Smith’s tenure in the Senate from 1955 through 1958, and again from 1965 until 1980, was one of thoughtful and constructive representation, including chairing, during his first term, the Senate Committee on Institutions, and subsequently chairing the Legislative Council, and

Whereas, he was an outstanding leader of the Washington County Senate delegation, and

Whereas, he also served the citizens of Vermont as a member of the State Board of Education and the Vermont Civil Defense Board, and

Whereas, Donald L. Smith served from 1959 through 1962 as the Vermont State Director of the Federal Housing Administration, and

Whereas, he played pivotal roles in the leadership of the Vermont Republican Party, serving as the organization’s executive secretary, finance chair, sitting on the state committee, organizing the Vermont Young Republican Club and energetically participating in Republican politics on the local and county levels, and

Whereas, Donald L. Smith’s life extended far beyond politics and public service to the insurance industry as he established, in 1961, the Smith Insurance Agency, was a 50-year member of the Cooperative Insurance Company Board of Directors, and, since 1973, served as president of the Farmers Cooperative Insurance Company, and

Whereas, his agricultural interests ranged from his ownership of the Windy Wood Orchard, serving as executive secretary of the Vermont Council on Farm Cooperatives, and active roles in the Grange and the Vermont and Washington County Farm Bureau, and

Whereas, among his many other memberships were the Barre Rotary Club, the Masons and the Vermont Children’s Aid Society, on whose board he served, and

Whereas, for 53 years he was married to Ruth Smith, and they have a son Donald R. and a daughter Rebecca, and two granddaughters, and

Whereas, the citizens of Barre Town, and all of Vermont, have lost a civic leader who was truly devoted to serving his community, state and nation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly mourns the passing of its much esteemed friend and past colleague, former Senator Donald Ladd Smith of Barre Town, and extends its deepest sympathies to his family, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to former Senator Donald L. Smith’s widow Ruth Smith in Barre Town.