09.20.19

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Paul Bruhn

It hit hard when Marcelle and I learned of the sudden loss of our dear, dear friend, Paul Bruhn.  Our hearts ache for Colleen and for all who knew and loved him.

He is one of the finest Vermonters I ever worked with, and one of the dearest and best friends we have both had, and we loved him.

His work on historic preservation is equal to the work that anyone has ever done for the State of Vermont.  Those countless success stories are preserved in brick, mortar, stone and wood across our state.

I’ve known Paul since he was a young man in his 20s.  He came with me to Washington and helped me set up my office, and he was my first chief of staff.

I watched with pride when Paul received an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and we both had the same message:  Historic preservation is not a cost for saving the past, but a wise investment in the future.

Paul felt to his core that we Vermonters have a rich legacy defined by our people, our history, our downtowns and village centers, as well as our iconic barns and covered bridges.

Now he is part of Vermont’s legacy. We’ll never see another like Paul Bruhn.

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