Harold J. (Hal) Hertzberg

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icon July 29, 1922 - May 17, 2014 Hal died shortly before his 92nd birthday. A native Angelino, Hal was born to Clara and Irving Hertzberg at Temple Hospital (predecessor to Cedars/Sinai). He attended Hollywood High School and then UCLA. He was a lifetime Bruins fan and supporter of UCLA. Hal served in the Navy on a destroyer escort in the Pacific. After the war, Hal obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from UCLA and soon became a partner in an accounting practice. In 1958, Hal graduated UCLA Law School and in 1959 joined forces with Roland A. Childs to form the law firm of Hertzberg & Childs, which later became Hertzberg, Childs & Miller when attorney Ovvie Miller joined the practice. In 1985 the firm merged into the law firm Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, LLP. Hal retired in 1996. Hal is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Leona, his daughter Rabbi Rita Hertzberg, grandchildren Alex Campbell and Savannah Campbell and cousin Jewel Harris. Hal and Leona loved to travel to exotic places, such as Borneo, Botswana, New Guinea, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, China, the Rain Forests of South America, the Galapagos Islands and Timbuktu. Hal said the best part of going to Timbuktu was being able to say that you had "been to Timbuktu." Hal traveled the world, but to him, his world was his family. His love for his wife, daughter, and grandchildren knew no bounds. The high code of ethics that was consistently evident in his professional life was passed down to his generations by example. His humility, generosity, wisdom and wit were shared with all who knew him. Hal's life can best be described in the following text from the prophet Micah: "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Donations may be made in Hal's memory to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (at UCLA), 8-950 Factor Building, Box 951780, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1780.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2014
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