NO. R-118. House concurrent resolution in memory of Noel Perrin of Thetford Center.
Offered by: Representatives Masland of Thetford, Marek of Newfane and Seibert of Norwich.
Whereas, Noel Perrin was an individual who excelled as an author, environmental advocate, farmer, professor at Dartmouth College, and most importantly as a wonderful friend and colleague who exuded great humor and good cheer, and
Whereas, while fond of commenting on how there was insufficient time to attend to his diverse professional and personal commitments, he would not have wanted to live his life any other way, and
Whereas, Noel Perrin graduated from Williams College and earned graduate degrees from Duke and Cambridge universities, and
Whereas, in 1959, after completing his academic degrees, serving in the United States Army, and teaching for several years at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, he was appointed an instructor in English at Dartmouth College, and
Whereas, Noel Perrin’s talents were apparent as he rose to the rank of full professor, and he served for several years as English department chair, and
Whereas, this specialist in modern poetry, especially on the work of fellow Vermonter Robert Frost, taught as a Fulbright professor at the University of Warsaw, and he was awarded two prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships, and
Whereas, Noel Perrin had a second academic career at Dartmouth which began in 1984 when he became an Adjunct Professor in Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Program, expanding upon his efforts as a farmer and author to protect our environment, and
Whereas, as an environmental educator, he taught by example, driving an electric car and installing the first Vermont residential electric photovoltaic system on his home, and
Whereas, the popular writings of Noel Perrin featured humorous and fascinating accounts of rural life in Vermont as well as more serious monographs on topics of personal interest, including the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the expurgation of books in England and America, and
Whereas, Noel Perrin’s roles as a protector and advocate for the natural world and engaging chronicler of his personal efforts in this regard centered on his 85‑acre Thetford farm where he raised his Holsteins, mowed his pastures, and operated his sugarhouse as much as possible with just his own hands and absolutely necessary tools, and
Whereas, in order to protect his farm as open space into the future, he donated its development rights to the town of Thetford, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends sincere condolences to the family of Noel Perrin, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow, Sara Coburn, in Thetford Center and to the Thetford Town Clerk.
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