December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
HONORING THE LIFE OF BARBER B. CONABLE, JR.
(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] HONORING THE LIFE OF BARBER B. CONABLE, JR. ______ 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 on, [[Page E2520]] 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. ____________________