Video: ‘Proclaiming Marge’
By Kevin Coughlin
Thank God they didn’t deport her.
Margret Brady, who one day will have her own statue on the Morristown Green, came perilously close to being shipped to Nazi Germany during World War II.
“My father was an illegal alien, and Immigration had caught up with him,” Marge told a packed house at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Fortunately, saner heads prevailed back in ’43. And Morristown today is a better place as a result.
Marge’s civic service is so voluminous, in fact, that Mayor Tim Dougherty nearly needed a second parchment for his proclamation declaring Saturday, July 18, 2015 — her 80th birthday–as Marge Brady Day.
Describing Marge as a “tremendous vessel for history and culture,” the Mayor rattled off a series of achievements and positions that include…
- Councilwoman from 1978 to 1985
- Founder of the Historic Preservation Committee
- Chair of the planning board’s long-range planning committee for the drafting of a town master plan and zoning ordinance
- Morristown Parking Authority commissioner for 25 years, contributing to new parking deck projects, the Epstein’s redevelopment and the authority’s green office building on Maple Avenue
- Trustee of the Passaic River Coalition, advocating for clean water and the preservation of historic Willow Hall, the coalition’s headquarters
- League of Women Voters member
- Phenomenal Woman of 2011, awarded by the Morristown Neighborhood House
- Retired writer, researcher, consultant and designer
- Mentor to residents seeking involvement with local government
- Occasional correspondent for MorristownGreen.com (we added that one, proudly)
Not bad for someone whose first language was not English.
But Marge said Morristown has given her as much as it’s gotten, starting with her husband Wendell, who she met at Morristown High School.
“Everything I have is a benefit of all of you, because when you talk to people, they give back, and you learn things. And I’ve been learning so much since I came to Morristown,” said Marge, whose remarks begin about halfway into the video (above).
Good things happen “if you’re curious, if you care, and if you realize how much love is out there,” she continued.
“I have received back for every single bit of interest that I’ve put out there. I am most humbled and most grateful, because I am a product of all of you.”
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Marge.