Program 6 - Under the Golden Dome

Robert T. Gannett

Robert T. Gannett of Brattleboro, Windham County. Republican, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 26, 1917 and became a resident of present town in August, 1946. He was married to the former Sarah Alden Derby who died in 1999, and they have one daughter and two sons. Occupation: lawyer. He was educated in elementary schools in Milton, Massachusetts; Milton Academy and Harvard University (B.A., 1939; L.L.B., 1942). Member of Brattleboro Retreat, former trustee; Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, corporator and past president; National Life Insurance Company, director emeritus, United Way of Windham County, former director, Vermont Community Foundation, trustee; American College of Probate Counsel.

He served in the U.S. Army, 1942-46; Major, Field Artillery. Member of the House: 1953, 1955. 1957, 1959. Member of the Senate: 1973-74, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1991-92.

Arthur Gibb

Arthur Gibb of Weybridge, Addison County, Republican, was born in New York on April 16, 1908 and located in Vermont in 1951. He died November 1, 2005 at 97 years old. He married the former Barbara Lowrie and together they had four sons and one daughter. Occupation: formerly banking and investment counsel, farming, Angus cattle breeder, presently retired. Educated at schools in New York and Connecticut, and Yale University (B.A., 1930). Former trustee and president, Porter Medical Center of Middlebury, honorary member, State Committee of Vermont YMCA; director, Baird Center for Children and Families; director Parent Child Center of Addison County, chairman, Governor’s Commission on Environmental Control, 1969, former chairman, Addison county Regional Planning Commission and Weybridge Zoning Board of Adjustment; presently Weybridge Town Agent; and former lister. He served in the U.S. Navy Pacific Theater, 1942-45, and holds the Bronze Star Medal Presidential Unit Citation Medal, and ten battle stars; present rank Captain USNR (Ret.). Member of the House, 1963-70.

While in the House served as chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; member of the Senate 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1985-86.

Madeleine M. Kunin

Madeleine M. Kunin of Shelburne, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born in Zurich, Switzerland on September 28, 1933 and became resident of present town in September, 1957. Occupation: teacher/writer. She was educated in elementary school in Forest Hills, New York; Pittsfield, Massachusetts High School; University of Massachusetts (Amherst), (B.A., 1956); School of Journalism, Columbia University (New York), M.S., 1957; University of Vermont, M.A., 1967; Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University, 1983; Honorary degrees: Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, Middlebury College, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Green Mountain College, and Marlboro College. 1987 Chair, New England Governor’s Conference; Executive Committee member, National Governor’s Association; Executive Committee, National Democratic Governor’s Association.  Member of the House from District 1-8, 1973-74, Chittenden 4-8, 1975-76, 1977-78. Lieutenant Governor, 1979-80, 1981-82. Governor, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90.

Peter T. Mallary

Peter T. Mallary of Fairlee, Orange County, Democrat, was born on June 12, 1953 in Poughkeepsie New York. He has lived in West Newbury since 1987. Occupation: author, editor, publisher. He was educated at schools in New York and Bradford, Vermont in 1976 (B.A., History). He is married to the former Frances Neville-Rolfe, and they have one daughter. He is the publisher of Behind the Times, an Orange County monthly newsmagazine, and It’s Classified, a weekly advertising paper. He is the author of several books, including two volumes of New England history and architecture. He served as a planning commissioner in Fairlee, Vermont, and on that town’s Public School Assessment committee. Member of the House: 1991-92, 1993-94, 1995-96. Assistant Majority Leader: 1993-94.

Richard Walker Mallary

Richard Walker Mallary of Braintree, Republican, was born at Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1929 and located in Fairlee in 1942. Occupation: dairy farmer; served as commissioner of administration January, 1971 to June, 1971 when he was appointed secretary of the agency of Administration. He was educated in elementary schools in Springfield, Massachusetts; Bradford Academy, Bradford, Vermont and Dartmouth College (A.B., 1949). He is married to the former Jean Brownell and between them they have seven children. He served as vice-chairman of the constitutional revision committee, 1968, and member of the Farm Bureau, Holstein-Friesian Association, Republican town committee and trustee of Eastern States exposition. He was chairman of the Legislative Council, 1965-66; was selectman from 1951 to 1953, serving trustee of Vermont State Colleges, 1962-65; a member of the Champlain Waterway Commission, 1963-65; and Emergency Board, 1963-66. Secretary of Administration, 1972-80. President and C.E.O. of Vermont Electric Power Company.  Member of the House from Fairlee in 1961, 1963 and 1965. Elected representative from District 34 for 1966 and 1967. Speaker of the House, 1966-1968. Member of the Senate from Orange County in 1969-70. Representative to the House, 1999-2000.

Edgar May

Edgar May of Springfield, Windsor County, Democrat, was born in Zurich, Switzerland on June 27, 1929 and became resident of present town in 1965. Occupation: journalist. He was educated at Northwestern University, (B.S.J., 1957). U.S. Government, various posts. Member of the House; 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82. Member of Senate: 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90.

Sallie Thompson Soule

Sallie Thompson Souleof Shelburne, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 13, 1928 and became resident of present town in September, 1978. She is married to Gardner N. Soule and they have two sons and two daughters. Occupation:retired book seller, partner, Bygone Books. She was educated in elementary schools in Grosse Point, Michigan; Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts; Smith College,
Northampton, Massachusetts (B.A., 1950); University of Vermont (M.A., 1952. Member of: Governing Board, Vermont ETV; Advisory Board Lake Champlain Committee. Also a member of the Vermont State Judicial Nominating Board; Administrative Committee and Project Review Committee of the Vermont Health Policy Corporation; Governor’s Commission on Health Care Costs; Children’s Task Force, Vermont Department of SRS; board member, Friends of the Vermont State House. Member of the House, 1977-78, 1979-80. Member of the Senate, 1981-82, 1983-84.