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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  28

House concurrent resolution in memory of Roderick C. Marcotte of South Burlington

Offered by:  Representatives Audette of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Kupersmith of South Burlington, Pugh of South Burlington, Cross of Winooski, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex and Keogh of Burlington

Offered by: Senators Condos, Leddy and Lyons

Whereas, after graduating from Cathedral High School, Rick Marcotte embarked on a short but successful career as a sports reporter and editor at the former Burlington Daily News and the Vermont Sunday News, and

Whereas, while an undergraduate at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, he served as the college’s sports information director and found time to write articles for the Buffalo Courier-Express newspaper, and

Whereas, upon earning his college degree, Rick Marcotte returned to his native Vermont, and began a 34‑year career in public education, teaching, coaching advising and administering at both primary and secondary schools, and

Whereas, he earned a master’s degree at St. Michael’s College and later a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Rollins College, and

Whereas, starting in 1971, Rick Marcotte began a 15‑year tenure as principal of South Burlington’s Central School, then served for seven years in the same position at the city’s Chamberlin School, and

Whereas, in 1969, the South Burlington Jaycees chapter presented him its Outstanding Young Educator Award, and in 1992, the United States Department of Education honored the Chamberlin School as one of the 200 best elementary schools in the United States, and

Whereas, Rick Marcotte coached the inaugural Champlain Valley Union High School varsity basketball team to an amazing 17-4 record despite the lack of a home court, served as an amateur boxing official, and for six years promoted St. Michael’s College’s athletic teams in his role as Sports Information Director, and

Whereas, after his official retirement in 1994, Rick Marcotte taught as an adjunct professor of education at St. Michael’s College, and served as principal, on two occasions, at his first alma mater, St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski, and

Whereas, in recognition of his many accomplishments as an educator, the University of Vermont awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree, and

Whereas, his death leaves his wife, Velma, children, Mary Beth and George, and numerous acquaintances without a special husband, father, and friend, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sympathy to the family of the late Roderick Marcotte and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Velma Marcotte in South Burlington.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       




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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont