It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, Fred Bronfin. Fred passed away on July 23, 2014, after more than 50 years of active practice with the firm. Funeral services were held at Shir Chadash Congregation in Metairie, Louisiana on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Fred graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in 1934, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tulane University in 1938 where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Tulane in 1941 where he was Order of the Coif.
After graduation from law school, he joined the Navy, where he saw duty at Midway Island and Pearl Harbor, where he last served as officer in charge of the Fighter Director School, training men to plot courses of enemy raids. At the conclusion of the war, he was transferred to Washington and then New York to assist in the termination of war time contracts.
Fred served on the boards of several civic organizations, including the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, B’nai B’rith, Jewish Family Service, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Fred was a brilliant attorney, known for his remarkable memory and ability to recall case law decisions spanning the 20th Century. He had a tremendous sense of humor, and was deeply loved and admired by his family and close friends. He was married twice, first to Saralyn Plantowsky Bronfin, and then to Carolyn Pick Bronfin, both of whom predeceased him. He was very close to his two children, Dr. Daniel Bronfin, wife Melanie, and Kenneth Bronfin, wife Sarina, his six grandchildren, Michael Bronfin, Neil Bronfin, Talia Bronfin, Marshall Bronfin, Adam Bronfin, and Natalie Bronfin, and eight step grandchildren.
The attorneys and staff of Heller, Draper, Patrick, Horn & Manthey, L.L.C. extend their deepest condolences to the entire Bronfin family.