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NO. R-127. JOINT RESOLUTION in honor of Professor George Crooks of South Burlington.

(J.R.H. 91)

Offered by: Representatives Mazur of South Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Pugh of South Burlington and Wheeler of Burlington.

Whereas, George Crooks has distinguished himself in two very distinctive spheres, first for 40 years as a biochemistry professor at the University of Vermont, and for nearly the last half-century as a conscientious and energetic citizen and public servant in South Burlington and the Champlain Valley, and

Whereas, he initially arrived in Vermont in 1930 to assume teaching duties in the University of Vermont’s chemistry department, with the intention of remaining in the state for only two years, and

Whereas, instead of departing to attend medical school, Professor Crooks opted to earn a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, and he became a prominent medical and health science researcher with a specialization in matters pertaining to the treatment of diabetes, and

Whereas, during World War II, he temporarily left the University of Vermont faculty to perform a variety of duties as a United States Army Reserve officer, and

Whereas, following his return to civilian duties at the university, Professor Crooks remained active in civil defense activities, and

Whereas, until his 1971 retirement from the University of Vermont faculty, he particularly enjoyed the daily opportunity to teach future medical scientists, and

Whereas, in 1967, Professor Crooks unintentionally embarked on a second career as a citizen and public servant when he accepted an appointment to an unexpired term on the South Burlington Board of Civil Authority, and

Whereas, during the ensuing years, he served as a member of the South Burlington Selectboard, and

Whereas, Professor Crooks’ parliamentary skills were enhanced during his tenure as the Champlain Water District’s first moderator, and

Whereas, this amazingly active nonagenarian remains intimately involved in his city’s civic life as a member of the South Burlington Board of Civil Authority, following 34 years as its chair, in which role he has been a principal coordinator of municipal election day activities and local property tax appeals, and

Whereas, Professor Crooks has been a prominent leader, both in his academic specialty and in the South Burlington municipal government, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Professor George Crooks for his many important contributions to medical research and to the civic life of South Burlington and the Champlain Valley, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Professor George Crooks in South Burlington.