LAITMAN--Samuel "Sandy" H., 80 years old. Died March 13, 2014, at home in Williams- town, MA. Survivors include his son Andrew, his daughter Catherine Burke (William), his daughter Elizabeth Hughes (Michael), and three grandsons Paul, Eric and Nathaniel. His wife of 39 years Marilyn (Lynn) Laitman predeceased him. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Berdie and Edwin Laitman, he attended Poly Prep Country Day School. He graduated from Williams College in 1955, earning a degree in Political Science. He served as a Navigator-Bombardier in the USAF Strategic Air Command. After becoming a CPA he earned an MBA and both Bachelor's and Master's degrees of Law at NYU. He worked at the New York based law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges for 34 years, rising to become a Partner and Chair of its Trusts & Estates department. After retiring from his legal practice, he moved from Stamford, CT to Williamstown, MA. Throughout his long legal career Mr. Laitman served on many boards and charitable trusts. He served on the Board of Trustees of Low Heywood Thomas School, in Stamford, CT, on The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York Deferred Giving & Legal Committees, and on the Boards of The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Williamstown Art Conservation Center. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary degree from MA College of Liberal Arts. In 2014, he was awarded a second honorary degree, a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southern VT College. The family is planning a private burial service, with a later public memorial service in Williamstown.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 16, 2014