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NO. R-210.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former Commissioner of Education Lloyd A. Kelley.


Offered by:  Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Offered by:  Representatives Allaire of Rutland City, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Clark of Vergennes, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Dunsmore of Georgia, Evans of Essex, Flory of Pittsford, Green of Berlin, Helm of Castleton, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Larocque of Barnet, Louras of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Nuovo of Middlebury, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Rusten of Halifax, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Winters of Williamstown and Wright of Burlington.

Whereas, Pete Kelley was a graduate of Rutland High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and earned graduate degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Connecticut, and

Whereas, his teaching career started at Peoples Academy in Morrisville where he also served as assistant principal, and later he served as principal in Brandon and Thompson, Connecticut, and

Whereas, Pete Kelley was appointed superintendent of schools in Rutland City and in both the Rutland Northeast and Rutland Southwest supervisory union districts, and

Whereas, his fellow superintendents held him in high esteem, and he served as president of the Vermont Superintendents Association, and

Whereas, in 1978, the Department of Education employed his educational expertise when he became the director of adult services, and

Whereas, Pete Kelley’s outstanding record of accomplishments led to his appointment in 1981 as Commissioner of Education, and

Whereas, after leaving the department, he became the chief executive officer of the Vermont Achievement Center, and

Whereas, Pete Kelley taught as an adjunct professor at several academic institutions, including Castleton State College, the College of St. Joseph, St. Michael’s College, and the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, Pete Kelley’s public service was not limited to the education field as he was a respected member of the liquor control board for 18 years, and

Whereas, many civic and community organizations were fortunate to have Pete Kelley on their governing boards, including the Vermont Symphony and the Rutland Regional Medical Center, and

Whereas, his associations included both the local Lions and Rotary clubs, and he was an active volunteer and leader at the United Methodist Church of Rutland, and

Whereas, Pete Kelley’s death has greatly saddened his wife Blanche, his daughters Lynn and Nancy, and his seven grandchildren, and his many friends, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of former state Education Commissioner Lloyd Kelley, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Blanche Kelley in Rutland.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont