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NO. R-259.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Ruth H. Towne of Berlin.


Offered by:  Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Keenan of St. Albans City, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Ancel of Calais, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Corcoran of Bennington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Emmons of Springfield, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Godin of Milton, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Perry of Richford, Pugh of S. Burlington, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, former Representative Ruth H. Towne was a stalwart champion of traditional Vermont agriculture as a farmer, public official, and private citizen, and

Whereas, she was born in Manchester, Connecticut, graduated from the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, and, in 1950, she moved to Berlin when she married Roderick Towne, and

Whereas, for 26 years, beginning in 1977, she represented the town of Berlin in the general assembly where she served on, and for a number of years chaired, the House Committee on Agriculture, and

Whereas, Ruth Towne was a dedicated dairy farmer and proud of her role raising Morgan Horses, Vermont’s own special breed, and

Whereas, her agricultural interests extended far beyond the boundaries of her Berlin property as she participated in many Farm Bureau, Extension Service, 4-H Club, and American Morgan Horse Association activities; served as a director of the Agri-Mark Cooperative and the New England Dairy and Food Council, and was a consumer member of the Vermont board of veterinary registration and examination, and

Whereas, in 1989, in recognition of her contributions to farming in Vermont, Ruth Towne was named Vermont Farm Bureau Woman of the Year, and

Whereas, when the management of the National Museum of the Morgan Horse considered relocating the museum to Kentucky, Ruth Towne was a leader in the successful effort to halt that plan, and

Whereas, Ruth Towne’s civic involvement included public education, and she served the Washington Central Supervisory Union as a board member and treasurer and on the U-32 governing panel, including a term as chair, and

Whereas, concerns regarding the role of planning resulted in Ruth Towne serving on the Berlin and Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions, and

Whereas, for 20 years, Ruth Towne was elected Berlin town moderator, in which capacity she presided over numerous town meetings with an effective command of parliamentary procedure, and

Whereas, she and her husband were the parents of two sons, Owen and Bradley, and the grandparents of three grandchildren, Nathan, Bethany, and Nicholas, and

Whereas, Ruth Towne’s death on May 16, 2007 marked the passing of a much-respected legislative and community leader, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of her sons.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont