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NO. R-223.  House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Naval Captain Benjamin Partridge Jr.


Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham.

Whereas, U.S. Naval Captain Benjamin “Ben” Waring Partridge (Ret.) lived a personally satisfying life, spanning the globe and lasting nine decades, and

Whereas, he graduated from the University of Florida in 1937, and shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, he was commissioned as a United States Naval officer, and

Whereas, in the course of his naval service, he engaged in combat on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, commanding small ships, and he returned to battle during the Korean War, and

Whereas, between these two wars, Ben Partridge earned his law degree at the University of Miami, and, in 1954, joined the Navy Judge Advocate Corps where he served as a lawyer at various postings, including the Philippines, Washington, D.C., Iceland, Rhode Island, and Taiwan, and

Whereas, he retired in 1968 from military service, having earned the rank of captain, and he and his wife, Cora, took their family on a year-long round the world adventure, and

Whereas, the Partridges purchased a farm in Vermont, and Ben Partridge commenced new careers in public service, serving as Chair of the Environmental Board, Vermont’s Director of Planning, and treasurer of Windham College, and

Whereas, Ben Partridge’s desire for high adventure continued, and in the 1970s, he and Cora made a second circumference of the world, this time focusing on the most northerly Arctic climes, and later they sailed a 23‑foot sloop from Lake Champlain to Mexico, and

Whereas, after returning from their travels, Cora Partridge earned her divinity degree and was ordained into the ministry, and

Whereas, in addition to all of their other endeavors, the Partridges wrote four books on various topics, including the Arctic, ocean exploration, and the history of Florida, and

Whereas, after living in Florida, where Ben Partridge served as a St. Marks City Commissioner and Chairman of Wakulla County Planning and Zoning, Ben and Cora Partridge relocated to Tacoma Park, Maryland to be near family members, and

Whereas, since Cora’s death in 1999, his four children, Waring, Denny, Alan, and Marika, and his nine grandchildren provided Ben with great love and support, and

Whereas, the day after his 90th birthday celebration, he served as best man at his son Waring’s wedding not long before his death on April 12, 2005, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends sincere condolences to the family of U.S. Naval Captain Benjamin Waring Partridge Jr., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of his four children.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont