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NO. R-241.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former Senator Jean Ankeney of St. George.


Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison 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 Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Offered by:  Representatives Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Brooks of Montpelier, Condon of Colchester, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Howard of Rutland City, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of New Haven, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, on first meeting Jean Ankeney, a stranger would be impressed with her grandmotherly persona and sweet demeanor, but, in reality, she was a passionate and at times zealous fighter for the liberal causes that were at the core of her beliefs, and

Whereas, she inherited her idealism from her parents, who were serving as Congregational missionaries in Foochow, China, when she was born 83 years ago, and

Whereas, after arriving in America, Jean Ankeney lived in Massachusetts and attended Northfield Academy, and

Whereas, she moved to Ohio, where she earned her undergraduate degree at Hiram College and a graduate nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University, and

Whereas, Jean Ankeney then embarked on her Ohio careers as a public health nurse, a school teacher, and a supervisor of teachers in training, and

Whereas, in 1975, when her three children were grown, she returned to New England and purchased a farm in St. George, and

Whereas, although she always enjoyed her farm, Jean Ankeney was destined to play a leading role in the civic and political life of Chittenden County and the State of Vermont, and

Whereas, her many civic duties had included serving as vice president of the Adelphia Cable Access Television Advisory Board; president of the local Common Cause chapter; president of the Council of Children and Families; president of the Baird Center; chairwoman of the University of Vermont Council; a member of the Chittenden County Solid Waste District; and the Burlington YWCA, which in 1990 presented her its Susan B. Anthony Award, and

Whereas, all of these leadership positions served as the prelude to her successful election in 1992 to the Vermont State Senate where she served for five consecutive terms, and

Whereas, Senator Ankeney was a champion for students as chair of the Senate Committee on Education and for the elderly as the primary sponsor of the bill that established the Alzheimer’s Commission, and

Whereas, she never failed to make her opinion clear, and Senator Ankeney was not afraid to vote contrary to nearly the entire Senate membership if she felt an injustice was occurring due to insufficient monetary support or a wayward public policy decision, and

Whereas, due to her efforts, Governor Dean established the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet, and

Whereas, as a member of the Senate Committee on Government Operations she reported with great competency and clarity the complex professional regulation bill each year, and

Whereas, after a decade in the Senate, in 2002, she retired from the General Assembly but remained involved in public affairs, and

Whereas, Jean Ankeney had another passion, for classical music, and she had been active with the Mozart Festival and attended Vermont Symphony concerts on a regular basis, and

Whereas, fond memories arose in the minds of her former legislative colleagues when they read that the kindly and independent‑minded Senate grandmother from St. George had died, and

Whereas, her children, Jay, Chrys and Cynthia, and grandchildren, Jordan, Dana and Christian, were the center of her life, and they were proud of their mother’s and grandmother’s accomplishments, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses a very special farewell to the former Senator from St. George, Jean Ankeney, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of her children.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont