Thomas Jacobs, Bennington, Vermont, a longtime Bennington attorney and former Select Board Chairman Thomas Jacobs, died Wednesday April 1, 2020 after being stricken while bike riding. He is being remembered by friends and colleagues as a force for positive economic change in Bennington, Vermont.
While serving on the board for six years, Jacobs was chairman as the $54 million Putnam Block project moved from an inspirational idea toward a groundbreaking in August 2019.
Although he declined to run for another Select Board term in March 2019, Jacobs, 74, continued to be an advocate for collaborative approaches to strengthening the downtown and the local economy. During a public hearing in February on a proposed local option tax plan, he saw that revenue source as an opportunity to invest in Bennington’s future.
Burial and service arrangements s have not been announced.