house Resolution No.205

The Speaker, on behalf of the entire membership of the House of Representatives, offered the following resolution:

A resolution of tribute offered as a memorial for Richard Ball, former member of the House of Representatives.

Whereas, It is with great sadness that the members of this legislative body learned of the passing of Richard “Dick” Ball. Throughout his three terms of service, he was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly for his constituents in the 85th House District and the entire state of Michigan; and

Whereas, A native of Owosso, Richard Ball attended the Ohio State University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in optometry. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Ohio State University to earn a master’s degree in physiological optics. He joined his father’s optometric practice, first established in 1916, and continued his education to earn a doctoral degree in experimental visual psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Ball established a distinguished career with many notable accomplishments as an optometrist and professor at Michigan State University; and

Whereas, Richard Ball was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, serving his constituents in Shiawassee and Clinton counties for six years. Representative Ball brought valuable professional and community experience to this legislative body on a range of issues, focusing many of his efforts on health, agriculture, and occupational issues. He held leadership positions in multiple committees, serving as the vice chair and minority vice chair of the Committee on Agriculture and the minority vice chair of the Committee on Senior Health, Security and Retirement. He was also an active member of the committees on Education, Health Policy, and Insurance. A true statesman, he was known for his willingness to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the divisive budget deficits of the late 2000s. After leaving the House of Representatives, Richard Ball returned to his career in optometry in 2011; and

Whereas, He lived a life committed to his community, serving for 16 years as a member of the Owosso School Board and 9 years on the Shiawassee County Health Board. He was also a member of state and national optometry associations in which he held numerous professional leadership positions. His lifetime of contributions has earned him recognition and great respect from his professional peers and legislative colleagues; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we offer this expression of our highest tribute to honor the memory of Richard Ball, a member of this legislative body from 2005 to 2010; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Ball family as evidence of our lasting esteem for his memory.