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Flags at half-staff for Mary Jane McMurdo (Sept. 1)


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all national and Hawaii flags at State offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday, Sept. 1 as a mark of respect for the memory of former State Legislator Mary Jane McMurdo.

McMurdo served in the State Senate from 1984 to 1994 and State House of Representatives from 1994 to 1996. She is credited for successfully leading an initiative that gained voter approval in 1984 to save moderate-income housing in the Date-Laau Street area.

She was one of the leaders of the Save Sandy Beach Initiative that stopped development of this east O’ahu coastline in 1988.

McMurdo also worked to preserve Fort DeRussy as open space and championed efforts to restore and protect the Waikiki Natatorium.

“Mary Jane was a dear friend who exemplified what it meant to be a public servant,” Abercrombie said. “First and foremost a community leader, Mary Jane became a powerful force in the State Senate who put Waikiki at the center of Legislation. She is among the legacy of great women who participated in the Hawaii State Legislature during a time that included Pat Saiki, Kinau Kamalii, Mary George, and Lehua Fernandes Salling. After serving in the Legislature, she remained active and was an inspiration in public service involvement.”

Memorial services for McMurdo are scheduled for Sept. 1.

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