Albert W. Merck

Albert Merck was appointed by Gov. Brendan T. Byrne in 1977 as one of the original members of the Casino Control Commission. Previously, he served in the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1971 to 1974. He lived in Mendham.

Merck was a graduate of Harvard College and held advanced degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University. He was a veteran of the South and Southwest Pacific theatres in World War II.

Before joining the Commission, Merck was an adjunct assistant professor of political science and a trustee of Drew University. He also served as vice-chairman of the board of trustees of Newark State College (now Kean University).

Merck departed the Commission in July 1980. He held a seat on the board of Merck & Co. for many years before retiring in 1993.

He died on July 22, 2014 at the age of 93.