DIAMOND, IVAN MARSHALL, 73, died at home on Monday, June 17, 2013 with Penny, his wife of 50 years at his side, listening to his favorite jazz music. During a five-year battle with cancer, Ivan and Penny completed a lengthy bucket list of trips, spending time with the people he loved and visiting far-flung places.
Ivan was a senior partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll. In 1964 he began his legal career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. When Ivan and Penny moved to Louisville in 1968, Ivan became the 15th attorney at the firm, which now numbers over 300 lawyers. He practiced securities and business law and helped some of Kentucky's largest companies and many regional banks.
Ivan's credo was, "Every problem, an opportunity" and his focus on client service and getting deals done built a loyal following of corporate clients and made him a leader among Kentucky securities and financial lawyers. He was past President of the Louisville Bar Foundation and wrote, spoke and consulted frequently with other lawyers in his area of expertise.
Ivan was a much loved mentor to many junior lawyers in the firm as his good humor and refusal to take the work to seriously endeared him to his colleagues. He said he had to work hard for his clients because he certainly couldn't impress them with his golf game. Despite the rigors of a demanding law practice, Ivan coached others to keep some fun in it for themselves. He practiced what he preached on a daily basis.
Ivan was born an honorary Irishman on St. Patrick's Day in 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia to Frank and Helen Peltz Diamond. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor Degree.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Seiderman Diamond (Penny); their daughter, Elizabeth Diamond, of Baltimore, MD; their son , Daniel Diamond and his wife, Laura, of Houston, TX; and five grandchildren, Zoe and Jilly Reck, of Baltimore, MD, and Frank, Charlie and Harper Diamond of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his 98-year-old mother (99 on the 4th of July), Helen Peltz Diamond; and his sister, Rita Diamond Stearman and her husband, Dr. Mandell Stearman, all of Jacksonville, FL.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013 at The Temple, 5101 U.S. 42, with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to a
or The Temple.
Published in The Courier-Journal from June 19 to June 21, 2013