The ravages of bi-polar disease has taken the life of JAY DARWYN HIRSCH. He worked tenaciously through a lifetime of the illness practicing law, teaching law school, becoming a municipal judge and serving 27 years as a military officer. His friends and associates have come to know him by the nickname "Junk Yard Dog", which was lovingly and characteristically bestowed on him by his artist son, Michael. Jay was a native Houstonian born March 5, 1938, born to Max H. (Doc) Hirsch and Dorothy Sher Hirsch. He died March 26, 2008. He leaves behind a family who treasured and respected his work ethic: His wife of 40 yrs - Susan Levine Hirsch, Sons: Michael of Atlanta, GA; Phillip and wife, Claudia and beloved 4 yr. old grandson, Adam of Stockton, CA; and Zachary of Houston, TX. His sister, Jeri Lyn Hirsch of Houston, TX; and Susan's brother, Barry Levine of San Antonio, TX who will miss him deeply. His educational background included: Texas A & M and South Texas College of Law. He completed a 27 yr. career with the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General retiring as a Colonel. During his 45 yrs. of practicing law, he served as senior partner of many law firms bearing his name. Law was his whole life - he was a legal dinosaur who used his mind to track the massive amounts of cases for his trials and lectures. Although his health declined, it was his brilliant mind and integrity which prevailed. A tribute to Jay's life will be held Sunday, March 30th 2:00 p.m. at Emanu El Memorial Park at 8341 Bissonnet (5 blocks east of Gessner on Bissonnet) officiated by Rabbi Roy A Walter and Cantor Vadim Tunitsky.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2008