Winter 2010-#4. IN MEMORIAM.

Vermont Bar Journal


Winter 2010-#4.


THE VERMONT BAR JOURNALVolume 35, No. 4Winter 2010IN MEMORIAMGeorge W. F. Cook

Born in Cuttingsville, Vermont, on May 20, 1919, George Wallace Foster Cook, 90, of Rutland, died September 26, 2009. After graduating from Rutland High School in 1936 and Middlebury College in 1940, Cook worked as an aeronautical engineer in Hartford, Connecticut, before joining the Air Corps in 1943. After the war, he earned his law degree in 1948 from Columbia University Law School. He was an attorney with the General Counsel's Office of the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., from 1948 to 1955. He earned a master's degree from Georgetown Law School in 1952. In 1955, he moved to Shrewsbury, Vermont, and joined Clayton Kinney's law practice. In 1959 he was elected to the Vermont State Senate, where he chaired the Judiciary Committee from 1959 to 1969. He was president pro tem of the Senate from 1965 to 1969. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Nixon, in which post he served until 1978. He was United States Magistrate from 1978 to 1981, after which he was reappointed U.S. Attorney by President Reagan, serving until his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Laicita, three sons and their wives, two daughters and their husbands, two brothers, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Guenever Gifford

Born in Brattleboro in 1972, Guenever Gifford, 37, of Burlington, died November 1, 2009, while para-gliding in California. She graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1990 and from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1994. She was licensed to practice in Vermont in 2002 after a four-year clerkship. At the time of her death, she was working as a staff attorney at Legal Services Law Line of Vermont. She had previously worked at Vermont Legal Aid and Chittenden Community Action. She served on the boards of directors of the Peace and Justice Center and the Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation. She was an active member of the Vermont Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of a new Consumer Law Section of the bar. She is survived by her parents, Justyn Moulds and Kendall Gifford, two brothers, her grandmothers, and her former partner Anya Schwartz.

Richard Henry Thomas III


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