Patricia Heath, the former president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, passed away on March 5. She was 87. A retired art history professor at Kean University,
In 1969, Heath managed the first successful Democratic campaign for Berkeley Heights township committee since her party won on the coattails of Franklin D. Roosevelt. With Republicans defending a 3-2 majority in 1970, Heath ran for township committee on a ticket with attorney Ernest Prupis.
On the Republican side, former mayor Ted England ran with pharmacist Bill Smith and ousted incumbent Arthur Schwartz in the Republican primary. Another incumbent, Barnaby Kent, did not seek re-election. Heath lost by just 151 votes.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Friday at the First Unitarian Society in Plainfield.