Barbara Furlong

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With a quiet perseverance, grace and focus, Barbara Furlong was an effective and trusted Oak Park village trustee and later village president. Mrs. Furlong died last week at 85. 

In her two terms in office, mainly in the 1990s, she was an able steward of the village's legacy of racial integration and a proponent of purposeful economic growth. In a Wednesday Journal article on her departure from the village presidency in 2001, Mrs. Furlong pointed to the complicated effort to bring a major multifamily development to the intersection of Lake Street and Euclid. 

"It was a real coup for the village and we had consensus on the board for development," she said.

Her earned stature in Oak Park came from decades of active involvement in organizations and commissions, including the Community Relations Commission, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and the Parents' Human Relations Commission at OPRF. 

Always steady, always strong, Mrs. Furlong was an effective and much appreciated Oak Park leader.

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