Letter: Thanks to a Fine Public Servant
To the Editor:
I listened to Terri Dudley’s last radio show and enjoyed it even more than usual. She gave a good account of her life’s work and how she came to work for the Valley News and radio stations in the area. It was interesting to note that her career in politics began with her ejection from the Lebanon Town Hall when asking to search for public records. Throughout the interview with Steve Christy, though, I detected a note of sadness in her voice.
Maybe it came when she spoke about members of her family and how important they were when she had to make decisions to move forward with her career. Maybe it was the times she had to say goodbye to members on the council or when she left the House of Representatives in Concord. Wherever she went all up and down the Connecticut River Valley, she made friends. But one of her proudest moments must have been when she was elected president of the Lebanon/Hanover Chamber of Commerce. For a woman to serve in that capacity in those early years was quite an accomplishment.
She served not only the larger organizations but she listened to the “little guy” as well. Active in the Youth Diversion Program, she personally took foster children in her home when they had no other place to go. She heard citizens who called day or night to report abuses — real and imagined. She did all this with such class and such dignity. I know I speak for many when I say, we are deeply grateful.