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NO. R-203.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Cristin “Cristi” Gadue.


Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington and Keogh of Burlington.

Whereas, an indomitable independent spirit of adventure and desire to make the world a better place were the underlying themes in Cristi Gadue’s brief life, and

Whereas, the path that led to her career in the international aid field began in Burlington where she graduated from Burlington High School in 1996, and

Whereas, Cristi Gadue proceeded on to Tufts University, and while an excellent student, she also captained the women’s fencing team, and

Whereas, upon graduation in 2000, she accepted employment in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a development assistant at Massachusetts Science for Health Inc. (MSH), an international medical reform organization, and

Whereas, ideally suited for her work, Cristi Gadue was the recipient of several promotions prior to being offered a prestigious Paul Alexander fellowship to engage in public health work in Kabul, Afghanistan, and

Whereas, her superb performance during this three‑month public fellowship resulted in an offer to continue in Kabul for two years under the auspices of the REACH program as a reporting and communications officer, and

Whereas, she commenced her new assignment in April 2004, and

Whereas, while working in Kabul, she was the youngest and much cherished member of the “family” of international aid workers residing at the Le Monde Guest House where one colleague described her as the “Brownie Elf” known for her culinary magic and her generous deeds, and

Whereas, her tragically short but rewarding and fulfilling life concluded at the young age of 26, on February 3, 2005, when she perished in a plane crash on a snowy Afghan mountainside near Kabul, and

Whereas, her many friends, both in Kabul and in the United States, were shocked to learn of this horrible accident which deprived them of a truly special person in each of their lives, and

Whereas, especially saddened are her mother Nancy Murphy and stepfather William Anderson of Rutland and her father Michael Gadue and his partner Terry Stone of Burlington, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly mourns Cristin Gadue whose short life brought so much joy and hope to others and extends sincere condolences to her family and many friends, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nancy Murphy in Rutland and Michael Gadue in Burlington


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont