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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  183

House concurrent resolution in memory of Arthur Silvester of Vershire

Offered by:  Representatives Kennedy of Chelsea and Winters of Williamstown

Offered by:  Senator MacDonald

Whereas, Arthur Silvester graduated from the former Brattleboro High School and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, his scholastic career in Vermont included employment as a teacher and school principal, and he designed the Proctor High School building which is built of marble from the town’s quarries, and

Whereas, Arthur Silvester migrated south to Massachusetts where he served as a school district superintendent in several systems and was awarded a certificate of advanced studies in administration from Harvard University, and

Whereas, in 1981, his wife Elizabeth and he settled in Vershire where he embarked on new careers as a college instructor and public servant, and

Whereas, for 20 years, Arthur Silvester taught courses in history and criminal justice at the White River Junction campus of Vermont Community College, and

Whereas, his interest in school governance on all levels led to his role in the establishment of the Vermont Student Council Organization and to his service as the state’s representative to the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, and

Whereas, both Democratic and Republican governors recognized the contribution Arthur Silvester could make to state government, and he was appointed to serve on the Vermont Parole Board and the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission which he also chaired, and

Whereas, during his nearly quarter‑of‑a‑century residence in Orange County, Arthur Silvester was perhaps most busily engaged as a municipal official, including his work for the Fairlee zoning administrator, and

Whereas, Arthur Silvester was elected to and chaired the Vershire school board and later sat on that town’s selectboard, serving as its chair until the time of his death, and

Whereas, he was an enthusiastic philatelist, an avid reader, and a fan of model trains, and he loved to travel both in this country and abroad, and

Whereas, Arthur Silvester served his community and state with great dedication well into his ninth decade, and

Whereas, his wife, Elizabeth, his son, Guy, and granddaughter, Sarah, and his many friends and colleagues will miss his presence in their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Arthur Silvester, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elizabeth Silvester in Vershire.







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The Vermont General Assembly
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