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NO. R-249.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Lieutenant Governor Ralph A. FOOTE.

(H.C.R. 157)

Offered by:  Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Fisher of Lincoln, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Maier of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of New Haven and Young of Orwell.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Gossens of Addison County.

Whereas, Ralph Foote, a native of Proctor and resident of Middlebury for over six decades, was an extraordinary public servant who served the citizens of Vermont in many capacities during a distinguished legal and political career, and

Whereas, he graduated from Amherst College and Albany Law School, and as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps was awarded an Okinawa Battle Star during World War II, and he subsequently returned to active duty during the Korean War, and

Whereas, Ralph Foote cofounded the law firm of Conley and Foote in Middlebury in which he was a senior partner, and

Whereas, his role in the legal community extended far beyond his law firm as he served as president of both the Addison County and the Vermont Bar Associations and chaired the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board, and

Whereas, his political inclinations, exemplified by the chairing of both the Middlebury Town and the Addison County Republican Committees, prompted Ralph Foote to seek public office, and

Whereas, the voters of Middlebury elected him in 1956, and again in 1958, to the House of Representatives where he chaired the judiciary committee, and

Whereas, his outstanding record of service in the House of Representatives led to his election as lieutenant governor in 1960 and again in 1962, and

Whereas, beyond politics and the law, Ralph Foote lived an active life, serving on several corporate boards of directors and belonging to many fraternal organizations, including the Middlebury Lions, of which he was a charter member, the Masons, the Shriners, the Elks, and both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and

Whereas, the citizens of both the town of Middlebury and the state of Vermont, and most especially his wife of over half a century, Nancy Foote, were saddened by his passing, and

Whereas, Ralph Foote, whose son Brian predeceased him, is survived by his sons Peter, Cory, Dick, and Tony and ten grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Lt. Governor Ralph A. Foote, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow, Nancy Foote, in Middlebury and to each of his sons.


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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont