Marie Garibaldi, First Woman on New Jersey Supreme Court, Dies at 81

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Marie L. Garibaldi in 1982. Credit: William E. Sauro/The New York Times

Marie L. Garibaldi, who as the first woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court voted to uphold the death penalty and wrote decisions that defined sexual harassment in the workplace and declared Princeton’s all-male eating clubs discriminatory, died on Friday in Hackensack, N.J. She was 81.

The cause was complications of a stroke, Robert Tanzola, a cousin by marriage, said.

When Justice Garibaldi was appointed in 1982 by Gov. Thomas H. Kean, the courthouse chambers in Trenton lacked a women’s room. When she retired in 2000, three of the seven justices were women, including the chief justice, Deborah T. Poritz.

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