NO. R-161. House concurrent resolution in memory of Linda Hromco Backus of Burlington.
Offered by: Representatives Donovan of Burlington and Keogh of Burlington.
Whereas, Linda Backus, a Pennsylvania native and graduate of Shippensburg University, commenced her teaching career at the Spring Grove Area High School and continued her pedagogic journey at the Pathway School for children with behavior disorders in Norristown where she found her true calling in the field of special education, and
Whereas, she moved on to the Herkimer County, New York ARC where she created treatment programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and helped to establish the New York State Association of Community Residence Directors, and
Whereas, Linda Backus pursued graduate studies in special education at the State University of New York and the University of Kansas, and she eventually became a professor in the Community and Preventative Medicine Department at New York Medical College, and
Whereas, after her family relocated to Vermont, her first professional association was with the Milton public schools as a consulting teacher and learning specialist, and
Whereas, in 1994, Linda Backus became a faculty member at the University of Vermont (UVM) and taught courses in special education, focusing on children with behavioral and emotional disabilities, and she also served as a project associate at the UVM Center on Disability, and
Whereas, she was a primary organizer of the UVM faculty union, serving as its first vice president, then president, and was instrumental in the drafting of a constitution and the negotiations leading to the ratification of its first contract, and
Whereas, in recognition of her accomplishments on behalf of women faculty members, in 2004, the American Association of University Professors awarded her the Georgina Smith Award, and
Whereas, she had been active in the Ward V Neighborhood Planning Assembly and served on the boards of both United Professions of Vermont and the Champlain Valley Labor Council (AFL-CIO), and
Whereas, Linda’s religious faith was affirmed through her membership and close association with the First Congregational Church in Burlington where she taught Sunday school and had chaired the church’s mission committee, and
Whereas, her death, at the age of 54, ended the life of an individual who was deeply committed through her educational, labor, political, and religious activities to improving individual lives and the community at large, and
Whereas, her husband, Rob, and children, Jessica and Isaac, have lost the companionship and support of an extraordinary wife and mother, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Linda Backus, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rob Backus of Burlington.
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