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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-99.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Margaret A. Maurice of Burlington.

(H.C.R.69)

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Keogh of Burlington and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, Margaret “Maggie” Maurice’s Burlington-based journalistic career spanned from the 1940s to the end of the 20th century and encompassed work as a reporter, an editor, and a columnist, and

Whereas, a native of Syracuse, New York, she graduated from Tufts University in 1944 and then accepted a reporter’s position at the old Burlington Daily News, and

Whereas, in 1947, Maggie Maurice left journalism to attend to her growing family and resumed her career in 1960 on the staff of the University of Vermont extension service, and

Whereas, in 1965, northwestern Vermont’s newspaper readers saw her return when she became the women’s editor at the Burlington Free Press and wrote feature stories, and

Whereas, although Maggie Maurice’s feature stories appeared regularly in the Free Press for nearly a quarter of a century, she became most noted for her column “Maggie” that was published for the first time in 1975 and continued until she retired in 1989,  and

Whereas, even after her retirement from the Free Press, Maggie Maurice continued to write for other publications and broadcast her Vermont Spectrum commentaries on WJOY radio, and

Whereas, Maggie Maurice was a committed journalist and belonged to the National League of Pen Women, Green Mountain Branch, and

Whereas, her community involvement and interests were extensive as she served on the boards of the Northern Chapter of the American Red Cross, the local American Cancer Society, and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont; and she was also a member of Chapter B of the P.E.O. (a foundation dedicated to promoting educational opportunities for women), the Fortnightly Club, Playreaders, the Burlington Garden Club, and the Colonial Dames, and

Whereas, Maggie Maurice was a religiously devout individual and was a 60-year active member of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and

Whereas, family was of paramount importance to Maggie Maurice, and she, and her husband Pug who predeceased her, were the parents of four children, two of whom, John and Donald, survive as do her eight grandchildren and two great-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 Maggie Maurice, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Donald Maurice in Burlington.



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