SR33: Celebrating the life of Donald Pomerening.


SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 33
Celebrating the life of Donald Pomerening.
 
Agreed to by the Senate, February 25, 2011
 

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening, a World War II veteran, noted forester, and community supporter from Mount Vernon, died on February 21, 2011; and

WHEREAS, a native of Wisconsin, Donald Pomerening grew up on a farm and, after completing his secondary education, enrolled at the University of Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening interrupted his studies to serve his country in the United States Army, becoming one of the thousands who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day + 5; and

WHEREAS, a respected soldier, Donald Pomerening earned five battle stars and was stationed in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia; and

WHEREAS, after the war, Donald Pomerening returned to the United States, receiving a bachelor?s degree from the University of Michigan and marrying his sweetheart, Audry, with whom he would share 62 years of marriage; he later returned to school and earned a master?s degree from Duke University; and

WHEREAS, a knowledgeable forester, Donald Pomerening worked for the Virginia Department of Forestry in Staunton before embarking on a career with the United States Forest Service, which took him to South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening completed his distinguished career as a forester with an appointment to the Foreign Agriculture Organization in Iran, after which he retired in 1978; and

WHEREAS, an avid outdoorsman, Donald Pomerening traveled with his family to 49 states and seven continents over the years, enjoying many camping adventures and the sights of new lands; and

WHEREAS, after retirement, Donald Pomerening devoted himself to serving in the community as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the Crop Walk, United Community Ministries, New Hope Housing, and the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission and as a member of Wesley United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, a man of great integrity and compassion, Donald Pomerening leaves behind a legacy of service to his country, community, and church, as well as treasured memories for his wife, Audry; surviving son, Dan, and his family, including one granddaughter Dana; and his numerous other family members and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of a brave veteran, forestry expert, and community supporter, Donald Pomerening; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Donald Pomerening as an expression of the Senate of Virginia?s respect for his memory.

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 33
Offered February 24, 2011
Celebrating the life of Donald Pomerening.
Patron-- Puller

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening, a World War II veteran, noted forester, and community supporter from Mount Vernon, died on February 21, 2011; and

WHEREAS, a native of Wisconsin, Donald Pomerening grew up on a farm and, after completing his secondary education, enrolled at the University of Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening interrupted his studies to serve his country in the United States Army, becoming one of the thousands who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day; and

WHEREAS, a respected soldier, Donald Pomerening earned five battle stars and was stationed in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia; and

WHEREAS, after the war, Donald Pomerening returned to the United States, receiving a bachelor?s degree from the University of Michigan and marrying his sweetheart, Audry, with whom he would share 62 years of marriage; he later returned to school and earned a master?s degree from Duke University; and

WHEREAS, a knowledgeable forester, Donald Pomerening worked for the Virginia Department of Forestry in Staunton before embarking on a career with the U.S. Forest Service, which took him to South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, Donald Pomerening completed his distinguished career as a forester with an appointment to the Foreign Agriculture Organization in Iran, after which he retired in 1978; and

WHEREAS, an avid outdoorsman, Donald Pomerening traveled with his family to 49 states and seven continents over the years, enjoying many camping adventures and the sights of new lands; and

WHEREAS, after retirement, Donald Pomerening devoted himself to serving in the community as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the Crop Walk, United Community Ministries, New Hope Housing, and the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, a man of great integrity and compassion, Donald Pomerening leaves behind a legacy of service to his country, community, and church, and treasured memories for his wife, Audry; surviving son, Dan, and his family, including granddaughter Dana; and his numerous other family members and friends to cherish; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of a brave veteran, forestry expert, and community supporter, Donald Pomerening; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Donald Pomerening as an expression of the Senate of Virginia?s respect for his memory.