Mayor Kevin White of Boston appointed Muriel Kasdon to be a rent control commissioner in 1970, but her political involvement was wide ranging.
If she had been born a half-century later, she probably would have run for office, said former congressman Barney Frank, and she would have won.
“She grew up in the wrong time for women to be politicians,” he said, “so instead she took the role of adviser, friend, and surrogate mother to those of us who were politicians.”
He added that “she also was a good source of policy suggestions and very supportive, even when she was being critical. She was a wonderful woman with great political instincts.”
Mrs. Kasdon died Aug. 27. She was 96 and had lived in the Kenmore Square area. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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