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Personal Responsibility and the Law in Hawaii
Remembering Norman Meller (1913-2000)
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Remembering Norman Meller (1913-2000)

With the passing of Norman Meller, who died in Honolulu in July, we have lost a longtime League supporter, member and friend. Norm and his wife, Terza, were associated with Allan Saunders in the founding of the LWV of Honolulu in the late 1940's and Terza was one of the original members. Norm joined later, and their son Doug is a current member.

Norm was an authority on Hawaii's constitution and the author of "With an Understanding Heart: Constitution-making in Hawaii." League members working on issues relating to the state constitution have often called on him for help and advice over the years. He participated in the League's Ka Po'e project, a major education fund effort to prepare delegates and the public for the 1978 constitutional convention (ConCon). In 1995, when the desirability of holding another ConCon was being debated, we called on him again to participate in a League panel on the issue.

In 1982, following the court ruling that the 1981 reapportionment plan was unconstitutional, a decision based on the points raised by the League as intervenor, the League submitted Norm's name and he was selected as one of the five courtappointed masters to craft an acceptable reapportionment plan prior to the 1982 elections.

For a number of years, Norm was a member of the LWV of Hawaii Education Fund. Former State League and Ed Fund president Anne Lee, remembers: "Norm was a joy to work with. On the Ed Fund, he was especially interested in and provided invaluable help on the Schools project spearheaded by Marian Saunders."

On hearing of his death, Pat Shutt, another past president of the LWV of Hawaii, wrote: "What is left out of the newspaper obituaries is how generous he was with his time and expertise. He was always willing to be on a committee, talk at an event, or give advice. He was a truly selfless person."

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