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By David Wildstein, April 19 2023 9:51 am

Franklyn Gerard, a former Glen Ridge councilman, died on April 8.  He was 95.  Gov. William Cahill appointed Gerard, a thoracic cardiovascular surgeon,  to serve as one of the original trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he served from 1970 to 1991.  A U.S. Navy battalion surgeon during the Korean War, Gerard was also a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey board member.

James Rafferty, a retired teacher and track coach who spent over 25 years as an Oaklyn councilman, died on April 16.  He was 74.

Robert O’Toole, a former Cedar Grove mayor who served on the township council from 2003 to 2015,  died on April 18.  He was 89.  A Korean War veteran, O’Toole was the father of former State Sen. Kevin O’Toole, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

George Coppola, a former Hanover township committeeman, died on April 15.  He was 84.  Coppola was a Vietnam War veteran.

Pat Mansfield, who served as the chief fiscal officer of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, died on April 11.  She was 85.  Mansfield also worked as an accounting supervisor at the state Division of Youth and Family Services.

Jack Chamberlin, a former chairman of the Princeton HealthCare System that built the University Medical Center, now Penn Medicine Princeton, died on April 12.  He was 94.

Kathleen Mooney
, the former Ewing municipal clerk, died on April 11.  She was 82.

Leo Eckman, a former municipal engineer for several New Jersey municipalities, died on April 7.  He was 93.

Terry Thompson, who served on the Bernardsville Planning Board, Environmental Commission, and Library Board of Trustees, died on April 13.  She was 85.

Carol Steffaro, a former Garfield resident who worked on the staff of West Virginia Gov. Jay Rockefeller, died on April 14.  She was 80.

Walt Reed, a longtime Mt. Ephraim Democratic Club member, died on April 10.  He was 72.

Jean Rue, whose father and husband both served as mayors of Fair Haven, died on April 16.  She was 90.

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