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Former Del. Gov. Elbert Carvel Dies at 94

February 8, 2005

LAUREL, Del. (AP) _ Former Delaware Gov. Elbert N. Carvel, a champion of civil rights at a time when many supported segregation, has died. He was 94.

Carvel, known as ``Big Bert″ because of his 6-foot-7-inch frame, died at his home Sunday, his daughter, Barbara Krahn, told The (Wilmington) News Journal.

Carvel was something of an anomaly as governor: a liberal in conservative Sussex County and a champion of equal rights. He was elected to the state’s highest office for two separate terms, from 1949 to 1953 and from 1961 to 1965.

He is credited with creating Delaware’s Supreme Court. The Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington is named after him.

``I knew Bert Carvel as a teenager and volunteered on his campaigns,″ Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said Monday in a statement. ``We have remained friends throughout the years and I have sought his advice several times during my time as governor.″

Flags were ordered lowered Monday thruout the state.

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