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Stewart M. Hutt

AGE: 84 • Woodbridge


Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Former Woodbridge Municipal Attorney and Board of Education Attorney. Stewart Martin Hutt, 84, lovingly known as "Uncle Stewie" by family, colleagues and friends, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ by The Goldstein Funeral Home. Rabbi Gerald Zelizer will officiate. Burial services at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, will be conducted by Rabbi Mendy Carlebach.

Mr. Hutt and his identical twin, Herbert, were born in the Bronx, N.Y. to Mildred and Irving Hutt. Together, they weighed 5 pounds. As their weight went down to 1 ¾ pounds each, the doctor told their parents that they were dying and their only hope was Dr. Martin Cooney, who had come over from Germany with something he called "in-cu-ba-tors." Under Dr. Cooney's care they were on display at Coney Island and Atlantic City, where people paid a nickel to view them. They thrived under his care and one year later came home to live. The family moved to Woodbridge when the twins were 5. They attended local schools and graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, class of 1947. Stewart graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1951, with a degree in Business Administration. He then attended Harvard Law School where he received his J.D. in 1954. In 1954, Mr. Hutt joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1962. On July 4, 1961 Mr. Hutt founded the law firm of Hutt & Berkow, P.C. now known as Hutt & Shimanowitz, P.C. Mr. Hutt served as Assistant Township Attorney in Woodbridge in 1960 and as Township Attorney and Solicitor from January 1, 1961 to December 31, 1967. He was appointed Attorney for the Woodbridge Township Board of Education from 1964 to 1984 and again in 1988-89. Stewart was General Counsel for the New Jersey Builder's Association for over 35 years and represented numerous builders throughout the state. He was an original member of the League of Municipalities Drafting Committee on the Municipal Land Use Law from its enactment in 1975 through various modifications. He served as a lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on Real Estate and Planning Laws. He also participated in the writing of the Mount Laurel Law and was invited to Harvard Law School as a guest speaker on it. When he was introduced there were boos; but when he was done speaking, he received a standing ovation. Mr. Hutt was a member of the American Land Use and Local Government sections and served as Director of the New Jersey Bar Land Use Section. He also argued the first case to be televised live before the N.J. Supreme Court.

Stewart is survived by his loving wife, Irene Berkow Hutt, his wonderful children, Douglas, Debra, David and his wife, Sara, his adored grandchildren, Daniel and Jessica, his twin brother, Herbert and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stewart's memory to Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey or Jewish Family and Vocation Service of Middlesex County.

Published in Home News Tribune from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2013
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