First woman to serve as CMU Griffin Endowed Chair dies


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Maxine Berman, a former Griffin Endowed Chair at Central Michigan University and Michigan state representative, died on March 2 at the age of 71.

Berman, who was from West Bloomfield, was a state representative from 1983-1996. She was the first woman to be the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Politics, which she served 2009-2013.

She was also the special director for Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm from 2003-2010.

The Griffin Endowed Chair was created to honor men and women with an established history in public service. 

According to her obituary, she is survived by Barbara (Marshall) Disner, Lisa (Mark) Pinsky and Robert (Edye) Disner, and Emma, Rebecca and Jane Pinsky. 

Berman was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2015, according to the Detroit Free Press.


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