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Carmel Marr

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Legal Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
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Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1921
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Legal Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1921
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Attorney, retired energy consultant and former member to the United States Mission to the United Nations, Carmel Carrington Marr was born June 23, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents, William P. and Gertrude Carrington, immigrated to the United States from the island of Barbados. She attended PS 35 in Brooklyn and went on to Hunter College, graduating with a B.A. (Cum Laude) in political science in 1945. Marr earned a J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1948.

After a period in private practice she was appointed to the United States Mission to The United Nations as a legal advisor in 1953. Marr joined Dr. Ralph Bunche, Marion Anderson, Robert L. Brokenburr, Dr. Channing Tobias, Frank Montero, Edith Sampson, Charles Mahoney, and James Nabrit as African Americans associated with the United Nations in its formative years. Marr served as senior legal officer to the United Nations Secretariat from 1967 to 1968, during which time she wrote a book on United Nations procedures. Appointed to the New York State Human Rights Appeal Board in 1968, Marr was the first black woman appointed to the New York State Public Service Commission as a regulator of utilities. She served as chair of the advisory council to the Gas Research Institute from 1979 to 1986, chairperson of the United States Department of Transportation’s Tech Pipeline Safety Standards Commission, 1979-85, and chairperson of the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners, NARUC, and Gas Committee, 1984-86. Marr was also president of the NARUC’s Great Lakes Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners. She was an energy consultant until her retirement in 1990.


Marr, honored on numerous occasions, volunteered for many organizations including: Friends of the Billie Holiday Theatre, the National Arts Stabilization Fund, the Brooklyn Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Alpha Phi Alpha. With her husband, Warren, she was intensely involved in the Amistad Research Center, which he co-founded in 1976. Marr was president and chair of Amistad from 1982 to 1995. The Marrs, lived in Valley Cottage, New York, and had two adult children, Warren Quincy Marr III and Charles Carrington Marr.

Marr passed away on April 20, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carmel Marr's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Carmel Marr's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carmel Marr lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carmel Marr talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carmel Marr talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carmel Marr describes her mother and her mother's emigration from Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carmel Marr describes her mother's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carmel Marr talks about her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carmel Marr describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carmel Marr recalls family vacations from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carmel Marr compares her school experience at P.S. 35 in New York, New York to her grandchildren's school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carmel Marr recalls her teachers at P.S. 35 elementary school in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carmel Marr describes her experiences in high school and her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carmel Marr recalls going to the movies as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carmel Marr recalls discussions in her childhood home about New York and West Indian politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carmel Marr describes her career aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carmel Marr recalls her experience at Hunter College in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carmel Marr recalls her experience at Hunter College in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carmel Marr recalls her experience at Columbia Law School in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carmel Marr recalls being denied the opportunity to compete in a moot court completion at Columbia Law School in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carmel Marr talks about her first job after graduating from Columbia Law School at Dyer & Stevens Esquires in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carmel Marr recalls her impression of Ralph Bunche
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carmel Marr recalls her experience serving on the United States Mission to the United Nations and in the United Nations Secretariat
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carmel Marr recalls an incident when she was embarrassed by the way United Nations officials treated delegates from African countries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carmel Marr talks about working for the United Nations Secretariat
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carmel Marr recalls her impression of United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carmel Marr recalls her friend, President of the United Nations General Assembly Angie Elizabeth Brooks, and the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carmel Marr talks about her work on the New York State Human Rights Appeal Board and as a regulator for the New York State Public Service Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carmel Marr recalls serving on the board of the New York State Training School for Girls and a corrupt official on a gas regulatory committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carmel Marr talks about her husband, HistoryMaker Warren Marr, II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carmel Marr describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carmel Marr reflects upon her legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carmel Marr reflects upon her legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carmel Marr reflects upon her life and her husband's, HistoryMaker Warren Marr, II, life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carmel Marr talks about being an African American Republican, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carmel Marr talks about being an African American Republican, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carmel Marr describes how she would like to be remembered