Asbury Park Press

Ex-head of human relations panel mourned

By BOB JORDAN FREEHOLD BUREAU April 22, 2010

Earl T. Teasley (PRESS FILE PHOTO)

FREEHOLD The passing of Earl T. Teasley, a popular Brookdale Community College guidance counselor and former head of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission, was reflected on by Freeholder Amy Mallet and others at the Board of Freeholders meeting on Thursday. Teasley was 43.

Friends said Teasley, a Toms River resident, died last Friday from complications of pneumonia. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church, 242 Sicklerville Road, Winslow Township.

Middletown resident John Schwebel said Teasley was chairman of the Human Relations Commission for three years and was "a tireless advocate for equality and justice for all."

The commission, established in 1990 by the freeholders, has meetings each month.

According to its website, the organization strives to combat and curb bias-related crime and hate incidents. Its goal is "to convene Monmouth County's leadership representing the government, law enforcement, clergy, community, corporate and educational sectors of the county to . . . enhance human relations throughout Monmouth County and address issues that may arise in a diverse environment through pro-active measures."

Mallet called Teasely "an inspirational human rights leader who influenced many people as a result of his service to Monmouth County."

She said Teasley's efforts to reduce discrimination and bias "have made a real difference in our community."

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Earl Teasley Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Brookdale Foundation. To donate via credit card, call 732-224-2260.