Wayne League of Women Voters Honors Estelle Perry

Members of the Wayne League of Women Voters dedicated a bench at Laurelwood Arboretum to Estelle and Norman Perry. The bench was donated by their family in honor of Estelle’s 90th birthday and her many achievements, as well as those of her late husband Norman.

 

Estelle is a 50-plus year member of the League of Women Voters, She was elected president of the Wayne League in 1967 and from that time was actively involved in Wayne politics. In 1971, she was the first woman to be elected to the Wayne Town Council. She served two terms from 1972 to 1979 and was elected council president in 1976. In 1980, Estelle was named Wayne Woman of the Year.

 

In 1978, Estelle was hired as Director of Public Information for the Center for UN Reform Education, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Wayne.  She later became the center’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) representative to the United Nations, a position she continues to hold today as a member of the center’s Board.

 

Estelle was appointed to the Wayne Environmental Commission in 1994 and reappointed to additional terms through 2004, when she chose to retire. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Passaic County Agricultural Board 

 

On March 27, 2012, Estelle was named Woman of the Year by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Passaic County in recognition her many contributions and exemplary service. 

 

Norman Perry was married to Estelle for 37 years before his death from cancer at the age of 62. He was a chemical engineer who worked on medical and other FDA-approved uses of vinyl. He 

served as president of the Palisades Section of the Society of Plastic Engineers, Inc. and as a committeeman for the Democratic party in Wayne. He also actively encouraged Estelle’s career as a councilwoman.  

 

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