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NO. R-152 House concurrent resolution in memory of Donald Maley.

(H.C.R. 105)

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Condon of Colchester and Godin of Milton

Whereas, Donald Maley was a teacher, coach, and school administrator in the Vermont public schools for over three decades, and

Whereas, after graduating from high school in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as class valedictorian in the midst of the depression, Don Maley worked at a local hotel before being offered an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Vermont (UVM), and

Whereas, on his arrival at UVM, Don Maley studied hard and played football, basketball, and baseball enthusiastically and vigorously, developing the knowledge that he would draw upon during his high school coaching career, and

Whereas, the athletic legacy Don Maley left to the university was recognized in 1977 when he was inducted into the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, after earning his undergraduate degree at UVM in 1941 and marrying his college sweetheart, Rita Mahoney, Don Maley headed south to Woodstock where he had accepted a teaching and coaching position that commenced the following September, and

Whereas, with the onset of World War II, Don Maley enlisted in the U.S. Army and was posted to the Aleutian Islands before his honorable discharge in 1946, and

Whereas, returning to Vermont, his scholastic career began in earnest at the former Cathedral High School where he was employed as both a classroom teacher and a coach for three sports, and

Whereas, when the Korean conflict arose, Don Maley was called back into military service, and

Whereas, once discharged, he came home to Vermont and assumed the principal’s position at the former Swanton High School, and

Whereas, Don Maley returned to teaching and coaching in 1953 as a member of the Burlington High School faculty, guiding the school’s boys’ basketball team to the 1955 state championship, and

Whereas, in 1961, he became a charter member of the South Burlington High School faculty where he continued his role as a teacher and coach until his retirement in 1977, and

Whereas, since his retirement, Don Maley had operated a wholesale tackle business and been an active parishioner of Christ the King Church in Burlington, and

Whereas, the present generation of high school basketball coaches paid homage to Don Maley and his outstanding career when the association honored him posthumously when it inducted him into the Vermont Coaches Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, he was known to his many friends as a keen prognosticator of the sport of kings, especially during the Saratoga racing season, and

Whereas, his wife, Rita, survives him as do their eight children, Mary Jo, John, Kevin, Donald, Joseph, Deirdre, Michaella, and Martin, 18 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to Rita Maley, her children, and grandchildren, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rita Maley in Burlington and to each of her children.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont