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Human rights advocate dies at 76


C. Lockwood Marine, a longtime member of the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission who championed fairness, died at home Tuesday.

He was 76.

Among his list of achievements was his role as senior vice president of Central Soya, president of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission and a volunteer with SCAN, also known as Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.

When Larry Wardlaw, chairman of the Metro commission, took his post, he recalled how welcoming Marine was and that he was the “go-to” person for just about any history of the commission.

“We’ve had directors come and go, but Lockwood has consistently been there,” Wardlaw said.

He added that equality was at the forefront of Marine’s concerns whenever the commission got a case that alleged discrimination.

“In general, the thing he brought to the process was his fair-mindedness. He brought an open mind to the situation,” Wardlaw said, adding he felt Marine was always consistent with his approach to cases.

Wardlaw said he tries to emulate those qualities of leadership and neutrality in his role as chairman.

Despite Marine’s history in the business community, Wardlaw said he never saw Marine automatically side with a business in a case. Not one to be known for staying silent on issues, Marine penned several letters to the editor and guest opinion columns for The Journal Gazette.

It was that outspokenness and a drive to be as fair as possible, no matter the audience, that will be among Wardlaw’s memories.

“We didn’t agree necessarily on lots of political issues, but again, that’s what I loved about him so much because that didn’t matter. We still came to the table,” he said.