State of New Jersey
Executive Order #96

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, Mildred Barry Garvin zealously served the citizens of Essex County as the first African American on the East Orange Board of Education, rising to be president of that body; and

WHEREAS, she was also the first African American to serve on the East Orange Public Library's Board of Directors, holding the post of Secretary/Treasurer; and

WHEREAS, she moved on to serve in the General Assembly from 1967-77, chairing the Education Committee; and

WHEREAS, her commitment to education remained steadfast throughout her career serving Rutgers University as Director of Special Projects and Internships in the Department of Public Administration; and

WHEREAS, she received numerous awards, citations, and testimonials honoring her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication, including the State Family Planning Legislator's Recognition Award in 1985, the Mary Senatore Award from the Essex County Federation of Democratic Women, the Community Service Award from the Oranges and Maplewood Branch of the NAACP, and an Exemplary State Officials Award from the Morris County Chapter of the Association of Black Educators; and

WHEREAS, her inspiring career was crowned in 1991 when she was sworn in as President of the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate for the State of New Jersey to mark the passing of Mildred Barry Garvin, a standard bearer and public servant;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes, 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 staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours beginning on Tuesday, June 15, 1993, through and including Wednesday, June 16, 1993 in recognition and mourning of the passing of a distinguished legislator and New Jersey citizen, Mildred Barry Garvin.

2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
15th day of June in the Year of Our
Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and
Ninety Three, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred
and Seventeenth.

/s/ Jim Florio


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