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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-480.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former South Burlington Representative Theodore Riehle Jr.

(H.C.R.199)

Offered by:  Representatives Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Head of S. Burlington, Pugh of S. Burlington, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester

Offered by:  Senators Snelling, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Starr and White

Whereas, Theodore (Ted) Riehle Jr.’s environmental and political leadership on behalf of the state’s scenic heritage resulted in the general assembly’s adoption of Act 333 of 1968, legislation that severely restricted outdoor advertising signs, more commonly referred to as billboards, and

Whereas, the legislation was adopted with findings that “scenic resources of great value are distributed throughout the state,” and that “the scattering of outdoor advertising” was “detrimental to those scenic resources,” and

Whereas, bringing his vision to dismantle these widely prevalent and unattractive large roadside signs was a mission that few of his general assembly colleagues thought even the most masterful politician could accomplish, and

Whereas, as a United States Naval officer with both World War II and Korean War combat experience, Ted Riehle Jr. had invaluable expertise gathering all needed hands on deck for this monumental legislative battle, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. attended Choate, Cornell University, and the New York Maritime Academy where he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and

Whereas, as a talented engineer, Ted Riehle Jr. held several patents, and he rose through the ranks at the Master Rule Company in Middletown, New York, becoming the company’s youngest-ever executive vice president, and

Whereas, while visiting Vermont in the` 1950s, he saw, ironically, a billboard advertising the sale of Savage Island in Lake Champlain which he purchased and built a vacation home that was solar powered and independent of the electric grid, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. decided to settle permanently in Vermont and moved to South Burlington whose voters had the foresight to elect him to the house in the special 1965 election and again in 1966, and

Whereas, following his legislative tenure, Ted Riehle Jr. served as Vermont’s first planning director under Governor Deane Davis, and in that role organized the first Green-Up Day activities, and

Whereas, after leaving state government, Ted Riehle Jr. was Congressman Richard Mallary’s Vermont director, and

Whereas, he continued his naval service in Vermont commanding the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Burlington, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. established a legacy of legislative service that his son Ted III, and daughter-in-law Helen, continued, he as a member of the house, and she as a member of the house and later the senate, and 

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr.’s life of public service and personal accomplishment ended with his death on New Year’s Eve 2007 at the age of 83, and his survivors include his wife, Ayn, his son, Ted III, and his wife, Helen, his son, Dunlap, and his son, Parker, and his wife, Deidre, five 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 former Representative Theodore Riehle Jr., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ayn Riehle, and to each of Ted Riehle Jr.’s sons.



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