Former state senator Mary-Jane McMurdo dies

A former state senator who helped 'Save Sandy Beach' has died.  Senator Mary-Jane McMurdo, 88, died Saturday at the Kahala Nui retirement community on Oahu.

McMurdo successfully led an initiative that gained voter approval in 1984 to save moderate-income housing in the Date-Laau area.  She was also one of the leaders of the Save Sandy Beach Initiative that stopped development of this east Oahu coastline in 1988.

McMurdo also worked to preserve Fort DeRussy as open space and championed efforts to restore and protect the Waikiki Natatorium, the World War I monument that had fallen into serious disrepair.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, at the Hawaii Yacht Club, 1739 Ala Moana Park Drive, followed by the scattering of ashes at sea.  Parking valet service will be available.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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