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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

     By Senators Kitchel, Coppenrath and MacDonald,

     By Representative Otterman,

     S.C.R. 2.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Dr. Harry Rowe of Wells River for his six decades of outstanding service as a family physician.

Whereas, for over six decades, Dr. Harry Rowe, a native of Peacham, served as a family practitioner in Wells River and as a leader in his profession, and

Whereas, he graduated from the Caledonia Grammar School (Peacham Academy) in 1930, and in 1936 from the University of Vermont with a degree in agriculture, and

Whereas, Harry Rowe served as a principal, teacher, and coach at the Middletown Springs School for two years and then worked for a year as a vocational agriculture instructor at Bradford Academy, and

Whereas, in 1939, Harry Rowe decided to pursue a new career path, entering the University of Vermont Medical School, and by 1943, he had graduated and completed an internship in Burlington, and

Whereas, he served as a physician, with the rank of captain, in the United States Army 78th Infantry Division, and

Whereas, in 1946, following his military discharge, Dr. Harry Rowe opened his medical practice in Wells River and continued to tend to his patients’ health care needs for the next six decades, and

Whereas, Dr. Rowe founded the Vermont chapter of the American Academy of General (later renamed Family) Practice (AAFP) and served as the state’s delegate to this national organization for over 30 years, and

Whereas, his AAFP colleagues have honored Dr. Harry Rowe repeatedly, including twice naming him as the State AAFP Family Doctor of the Year, designating him as a finalist for the National AAFP Family Doctor of the Year Award, and presenting him a national distinguished service award to mark his 60 years of service to the organization’s Vermont chapter, and

Whereas, he served as president of the Vermont Medical Society and was the recipient of the society’s Robin Award, and

Whereas, the Vermont State Police honored Dr. Harry Rowe for his 44 years of service as a local medical examiner, and

Whereas, despite his busy professional schedule, Dr. Rowe served for half a century as a distinguished member of the local school board and has long been active in choral music programs with both the North Country Chorus  and the Wells River Congregational Church, and

Whereas, the true impact of Dr. Harry Rowe’s medical career was demonstrated in December 2006 when over 300 persons attended his retirement party held at the Blue Mountain Union School, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Dr. Harry Rowe of Wells River for his six-plus decades of outstanding service as a family physician, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Harry Rowe in Wells River.


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