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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 212

House concurrent resolution in memory of Benjamin T. Carr

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Benjamin Carr was a young and astute journalist and editor who had risen rapidly in his chosen field of endeavor, and

Whereas, he grew up in a loving family as the oldest of 12 children, and following his birth in Buffalo, New York, had spent much of his childhood in Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, Ben Carr graduated cum laude with a philosophy degree from Eastern University in St. David, Pennsylvania, was a member of the university’s Templeton Honors College, and studied at Oxford University’s New College, and

Whereas, he studied journalism at the Summer Institute of Journalism in Washington, D.C., and he held several editorial posts at his college paper, culminating in his appointment as editor-in-chief, and

Whereas, after graduation, Ben Carr worked as a reporter on the Daily Item in Stansbury, Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, in January 2007, Ben Carr was afforded an extraordinary opportunity for a young journalist when he became the first editor of the recently merged Northfield News and Transcript, and

Whereas, in the ensuing months, Ben Carr exhibited that he was already a gifted journalist and knew how to probe carefully and present all sides of a controversy, and

Whereas, Ben Carr was a dedicated editor who would work far into the predawn hours when necessary to assure that the weekly Northfield News and Transcript was put to bed on schedule, and

Whereas, this wonderful young man was immediately embraced in the community, and he won many friends and admirers who appreciated both his warm and caring personality and his intuitive ability as a reporter and editor, and

Whereas, the enthusiastic plaudits Ben Carr earned from his readers and new neighbors turned to profound grief when they learned he had perished on September 28, 2007 in a tragic swimming accident during a brief visit with his family in Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, Ben Carr’s death shocked and saddened Northfield, and he left an enormous journalistic legacy and more importantly a wealth of love and friendship, and

Whereas, Ben Carr’s parents, Timothy and Karen Carr, his brothers and sisters Daniel, Laura, Peter, JosiYah, Paul, Steven, Gabrielle, Joy, ZachariYah, Anya Rose, Hannah Ruth, and Ezra, his paternal and maternal grandparents, his great-aunt and- uncle, Christiane and John C. Donahue Jr., and his cousin, Representative Anne Donahue of Northfield, have each suffered a great loss in their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of former Northfield News and Transcript editor Benjamin Carr, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to members of his family.



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