Tony Scheer remembers Minette Trosch, influential council member who championed balanced growth passes

Minette Trosch, who served a decade on Charlotte’s city council and later went on to a successful second career in law, died Friday morning. She was 75.

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Trosch, a former mayor pro tem, died of ovarian cancer, according to her son, Judge Lou Trosch Jr.

After the adoption of city council districts in 1977, Trosch became one of the first district members. As a Republican, she was an influential council member who championed balanced growth and worked across the aisle with Democrats like Mayor Harvey Gantt.

Trosch brought the same traits to the practice of law. Tony Scheer, who chairs the board of Justice Initiatives, a nonprofit that advocates for the justice system, said she won the respect of fellow lawyers as well as clients.

“Minette was one of those lawyers who brought great honors upon us all in the way she practiced,” he said, “and the way she worked with other lawyers and . . . her clients.”