Sunday, January 6, 2013

Event Honoring Herb Green, Educator and Activist

On Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 pm, all are invited to Emerson Community School (East Third Street, one block east of Leland Avenue) for a Celebration of the Life of Herbert T. Green, who died in the home where his wife grew up on Evergreen Avenue in Plainfield.  

During the ceremony, visitors will be asked to write recollections in notebooks placed around the room. Light refreshments will be served after the program. 

Green, 87, a World War II veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, lived in Plainfield since 1957. He died Nov. 9. 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 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, Green, in 1978, became the first man to head a local League of Women Voters chapter in New Jersey, in 1978, Plainfield's, then took on that role again 30 years later.  He was first vice-president of the group when he died. 

In addition to his widow, Green is survived by two sons, Charles M. and Joseph B., 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.

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