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NO. R-109. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Professor Barbara Davis Cheng.

(J.R.S. 47)

Offered by: Senator Lyons of Chittenden County.

Whereas, Barbara Davis Cheng first learned to appreciate the importance of hard work and perseverance during The Depression, while growing up on her family’s farm and attending a one-room grade school in her native Hartland, and

Whereas, after graduating from Windsor High School and Smith College, she became a social worker, and

Whereas, following her first marriage she raised a family of four children on her own, and

Whereas, Barbara Davis Cheng decided to resume her education and pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Vermont during this time, and

Whereas, after earning her Ph.D. in 1972, she briefly taught at Champlain College, and then joined the psychology faculty of Trinity College, where she would remain for the next two decades as a special mentor to older female students who had returned to school, and

Whereas, in 1988, Barbara Davis Cheng’s pioneering study "Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development," an examination of senior women officials in the Kunin administration was published, and

Whereas, even after retiring in 1993, and assuming emeritus status at Trinity College, she continued to teach on a part-time basis, while becoming more active in community organizations such as RSVP and Klifa Club, and

Whereas, in 1970, Barbara Davis Cheng’s life was spiritually renewed and reinvigorated when she married Guy Cheng who was her partner in life until his death in 1998, and

Whereas, Barbara Davis Cheng will be missed by her many former students and colleagues with whom she was associated at Trinity College and by her sons Burton, David and Tod, her daughter Elizabeth, and eight grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of the late Barbara Davis Cheng 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 Burton and Ellen Sisco of New Jersey, David and Margie Sisco of Williston, Tod and Ann Sisco of Shelburne, and Beth Sisco-Cheng of Williston.