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NO. R-32.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Douglas Richards of Springfield.


Offered by:  Representatives Emmons of Springfield, Martin of Springfield and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District and Senator Welch of Windsor District.

Whereas, Douglas Richards was a distinguished member of the Vermont bar, a respected public official in Springfield, and a tireless civic volunteer, and

Whereas, he graduated from Northeastern University and subsequently from Boston University Law School, and

Whereas, in 43 years as a practicing attorney in this state, Douglas Richards was repeatedly called upon to serve on the committees and boards that oversee many aspects of the legal profession and the judiciary, and

Whereas, his numerous court‑appointed assignments had included membership on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, which he chaired for 11 years, the Judicial Council, the Board of Bar Examiners, the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence, the Judicial Nominating Board, and the Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Committee, and

Whereas, for the Vermont Bar Association Douglas Richards had served both on the organization’s board of managers and for a term as its president, and

Whereas, his legal acumen was recognized when he was named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and when the U.S. District Court for Vermont appointed him as an Early Neutral Evaluator, and

Whereas, in 1992, Douglas Richards was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and

Whereas, on the local level, the citizens of Springfield had elected him to the school board, as town moderator, where his legal expertise was greatly appreciated, and to the selectboard on which he served at the time of his death, and

Whereas, Douglas Richards’ civic roles in Springfield in addition to elected offices had included both the board of directors and the presidency of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors of the Springfield Savings and Loan Association, and service as a member of the Springfield  Regional Development Corporation, and

Whereas, in 1995 he was named Springfield Citizen of the Year, and in 2002, Rotary International honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow, and

Whereas, he and his wife, Linda, married in 1983, and he was the father of five daughters, Betsy, Robin, Julie, Sharon, and Kelly, and of five sons, Kevin, Charles, David, Timothy, and John, and the proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of the late Douglas Richards of Springfield, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Linda Richards in Springfield.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont