State of New Jersey
Executive Order #64

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, Millicent H. Fenwick served the people of New Jersey as a Member of Congress from 1974 until 1978, and as the United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization until 1987, and as a Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for two and one-half terms, and as the Director of the State's Division of Consumer Affairs; and

WHEREAS, during her years of public service she was a vigorous advocate for human rights which advocacy resulted in the formation of the Helsinki Commission to monitor compliance with the 1975 Helsinki accord on human rights; and indeed, for her work in this regard, people oppressed in the most remote regions of the world, who knew nothing of our distinguished colleague, owe her a debt of gratitude; and

WHEREAS, by her stature and presence she served as an example of the rightful and prominent role for women in the highest positions of public responsibility; and

WHEREAS, her characteristic wit, keen intellect and abundant charm both disarmed her critics and enlightened all of those who had occasion to hear her calls for adherence to the highest ethical standards and concern for the environment; and

WHEREAS, in spite of her significant stature among her colleagues and admirers, both in the United States Congress, the General Assembly and the international community, she was the embodiment of sincerity, and a friend to all who had the privilege to know her; and

WHEREAS, scarcely has there been a public figure whose unique mark will be so indelibly etched in the State's political landscape; and WHEREAS, sadly, the singular likes of Millicent Fenwick we shall not see again, it is fitting and appropriate for the State of New Jersey to mark and mourn her passing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD T. DiFRANCESCO, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-mast at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours beginning on Wednesday, September 16, 1992, through and including Friday, September 18, 1992, in recognition and in mourning of the passing of a distinguished legislator and public servant.

2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
16th day of September in the Year of Our
Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and
Ninety Two, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred
and Seventeenth.



/s/ M. Robert DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor