(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E2519-E2520]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                        HON. THOMAS M. REYNOLDS

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, December 8, 2003

  Mr. REYNOLDS. Mr. Speaker, I rise before the House of Representatives 
today in remembrance of a great man who once served in Congress--former 
Representative Barber B. Conable, Jr. During his twenty years in 
Congress he represented both his constituents and this institution with 
grace and integrity. Regardless of where his service led him, Barber 
always remained true to his Western New York roots.
  While he distinguished himself as a Member of Congress and earned the 
respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle, Barber was also 
notable for his esteemed academic career, his professional knowledge on 
a wide variety of issues from taxes to Social Security, and his 
willingness to tackle any problem head on. Always lending a helping 
hand was a signature trait of Barber's; he never let partisanship get 
in the way of progress.
  Barber Conable was the best example of what a public servant ought to 
be. He loved his country, his community and his family, never straying 
from the strong values he was raised on. His genuine sophistication as 
a legislator came so effortlessly, revealing the compassion and 
unselfishness that was a hallmark of his public service.
  In devoting his life to serving others, Barber exemplified loyalty to 
his country as a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. With 
a thirst for knowledge, Barber shared his experiences when he taught at 
the University of Rochester and later went on to become President of 
the World Bank. Though no matter what national or global stage he was 

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his commitment to the community never waned as he joined countless 
local boards and organizations over the years.
  As a fellow Member of Congress, Barber was the model representative 
we should all aspire to. As a fellow Western New Yorker, I strive to 
serve the region with the same humility and regard Barber once did. The 
legacy of his warmth and generosity will live on in those who had the 
pleasure of knowing him. He will always be remembered as a true leader 
and a true friend. Like the many others fortunate to call Barber 
Conable a friend, I will miss him dearly.