Arthur Samuel Berner was born on November 12, 1943 in New York City. He passed away with his dear wife by his side on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He is the son of Hyman and Sylvia Berner and the grandson of Julius and Mamie Shlakman and Louis and Anne Berner. He has been married to Carolyn Cox Berner since 1988, the greatest love of his life and his best friend. Arthur has four children-Jocelyn Mijares (married to her husband, John); Evan Berner (married to his wife, Brenda); Christina Landrum (married to her husband Stephen); and Sara Berner-as well as seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his older brother Steven. |
Arthur graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York, one of the most prestigious science and math high schools in the country. He also graduated from City College of New York in 1964 with a B.A. degree where he majored in Political Science with minors in Economics and History. Arthur was also on the Dean's List for a number of semesters.
He went to New York University Law School where he was elected to the Executive Board of the NYU Law Review and served as Research Editor. Arthur graduated cum laude in 1967 and was on the Dean's List each semester. He was a Pomeroy Scholar and elected Graduate of the Year by the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. He authored a number of works for the NYU Law Review.
After Law School, Arthur joined Cahill Gordon and Reindel in New York City where he was an Associate, specializing in Mergers and Acquisition and Securities work until 1970 when he moved to Denver to become General Counsel of Inexco Oil Company. Inexco moved to Houston, Texas in 1971. During his tenure, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of Inexco, a NYSE public company until Inexco was sold in 1986.
At that time Arthur joined United Financial Group, a NYSE publicly traded S&L holding company where during his tenure he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and a member of the Board until 1991, when United Financial was sold.
Arthur then joined the law firm of Winstead, Sechrest and Minick, where he was a shareholder and head of the Business Section until March 2000. In March 2000, he joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a partner and served for a number of years as head of the firm wide Business Section.
Arthur has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since its inception and has been recognized by Chambers as one of the leading corporate-securities lawyers in Texas. He was also recognized nationally as one of the Best Lawyers in America specializing in Venture Capital transactions. He has written and spoken widely on topics related to Corporate Governance; Securities law; and corporate transactions.
At various times, Arthur has served on the Boards and as an officer for the following organizations: Society for the Performing Arts; Houston Symphony; Houston Opera; American Jewish Committee; Jewish Federation of Greater Houston; Anti-Defamation League; Jewish Family Service; Congregation of Beth Am; SEARCH; Depelchin Home; and on a number of committees of the United Way and the Houston Partnership.
Arthur will long be remembered for his hardworking approach to life accompanied with his iconic sarcastic wit. He is known for his large collection of autographed baseballs, vibrant ties and unique suspenders. He never left a stone unturned and exceeded his every ambition. One of Arthur's most daring adventures-conquering the longest zip line in the world. He enjoyed traveling and had the pleasure of many memorable vacations with his family. He had a lifelong passion for baseball and golf. Arthur is an inspiration to many and will forever live in our hearts.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers or any other remembrances, contributions be considered for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in memory of Arthur Berner.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013