Monday, November 12, 2012

Herb Green, 1924-2012

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our longtime colleague and member, Herb Green, died at home on the early Saturday morning of November 10. Herb's life was dedicated to education advocacy, and as local LWV members know, that passion never left. Below is an article reprinted from the Courier-News about Herb when he became President in 2008. An obituary will be forthcoming. A memorial service for our beloved Herb is being planned. Condolences may be sent to Marge Green at 1433 Evergreen Avenue, Plainfield, NJ, 07060.

The article below is reprinted from the Courier-News, June 27, 2008.

Past president comes full circle

Thirty years ago, Herb Green became the first male president of the Plainfield League of Women Voters. This month, at age 83, he is president again.

Green, a former school board member and an education activist, was chosen to head the League at the group’s annual meeting this month. He said he hopes to increase both awareness of the league’s mission and participation in its local activities. He and his wife, Marjorie, are planning a letter-writing campaign to people they know in Plainfield to renew interest in the league.

The local league was formed in May 1920, just three months after the inception of the National League of Women Voters. Besides voter registration and education, early activities included improving the quality of life in Plainfield. From 1954 to 1982, the League published four issues of “This is Plainfield,” documenting the structure of municipal government, the school system and community organizations and resources.

Green said he first became aware of the state League of Women Voters when he was working on election coverage for Channel 13 in 1948. He joined the Plainfield league in 1973 when it first began accepting male members. His presidency in 1978 garnered coverage by the Daily News.

Green said he hopes to draw people back to the league, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Plainfield Public Library or at a member’s home. The group’s history, mission and other information are available online at along with its newsletter, Plainfield Voter. The league publishes candidate information and public forums before school board and general elections.

To join the League, contact Treasurer Alice Logie at (908) 756-9682.

1 comment:

  1. Herb was a giant, an advocate for children par excellence who pioneered in stimulating community involvement in education where he was a consummate professional admired by layfolks and pros alike. He also was a peace advocate, opposing US military adventurism in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan(and Granada, Panama, ad nauseum) where he, as a graduate of the Naval Academy, had sterling credentials and credibility.

    And he was a warm and compassionate human being.

    Our sincere condolences to Marge.

    Bob and Patty Bender, Deerfield Beach, FL