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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Herb Green Memorial service set for Saturday


Herb Green, activist and advocate. (Photo courtesy Plainfield LWV)
 
Plainfielders will want to take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the Life of Herbert T. Green this Saturday, January 12, at 2:00 PM in the cafetorium at Emerson Community School.

Green, 87, a World War II veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy known to everyone simply as 'Herb', lived in Plainfield since 1957. He died November 9 in the home on Evergreen Avenue in which his wife Marjorie grew up.

Among other tributes, his widow Marjorie Braverman Green will read excerpts from letters children in Plainfield Public Schools who had known her husband as a Resident Reader at Clinton and Evergreen Schools wrote to send their condolences.

Paul L. Tractenberg, the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Service Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School – Newark, will conduct the ceremony. Tractenberg founded the Education Law Center at the law school in 1973, and is considered the most important figure in school funding equalization in the state, representing 350,000 urban students, including those in Plainfield.

Although he started his career as sports director of Channel 13, then located in New Jersey, and went on to be general manager there and at Channel 47, Green was most passionate about urban education. He served as president of the PTA at several Plainfield public schools, two terms on the Plainfield Board of Education, was a Resident Reader, and was founder and director of the Public Education Institute at Rutgers University, from which he retired in 2011.

Among other distinctions, in 1978 Herb became the first man to head a local League of Women Voters chapter in New Jersey. He then took on that role again 30 years later; at his death he was first vice-president of the group.

During the ceremony, visitors will be asked to write recollections in notebooks placed around the room. Emerson School is located on Emerson Avenue, at East Third Street, one block east of Leland Avenue.

In addition to his widow, Green is survived by two sons, Charles M. Green and Joseph B. Green, a daughter-in-law Janice, five grandchildren and a nephew.

The family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Plainfield Area Humane Society, 75 Rock Ave., Plainfield, N.J. 07063.

Further information is available on the blog of the Plainfield League of Women Voters. There, too, will be an opportunity for people to leave comments. The Internet address is: plainfieldleague.blogspot.com/2012/12/celebration-life-of-herb-green.



Memorial Service For
Herb Green

Saturday, January 12, 2013
2:00 PM

Emerson Community School
East 3rd Street at Emerson Avenue
Parking available in school lot off Emerson Avenue
and on the street.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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