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Irwin L. Treiger

1934 ~ 2013

Irwin Treiger was born in Seattle on September 10, 1934 ("Remember remember the 10th of September") to immigrant parents Sam and Rose (Steinberg) Treiger, who owned and operated Thrifty's Ten Cent Store in Seattle's Central District for many years. He attended Horace Mann School, Seattle Talmud Torah and Garfield High School, where he earned all A's (except for one B, which his mother never let him forget). He grew up in a large extended family sharing holidays and everyday life with his parents, his brother Ray, his grandparents, many uncles, aunts and cousins. Irwin graduated from the University of Washington (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1955 and from its Law School in 1957, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review; he received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University the following year. Irwin's distinguished 56-year legal and civic career began upon his return to Seattle when he joined the Seattle firm of Bogle & Gates, where he was Managing Partner for five years and Chair for eight years. He later was an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney and Stoel Rives, where he was Of Counsel until his death. In addition to being a superb lawyer, Irwin provided guidance and advice to countless clients, many of which he served pro bono. He was a mentor and guide to hundreds of lawyers, young and old, who worked with him, and was respected and admired by other attorneys with whom he dealt. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America (1983-2013). His professional activities included Washington State Bar Association (Chair of Tax Section and IRS Liaison Section), American Bar Association (Board of Governors, Chair, Section of Taxation, and Distinguished Service Award recipient), American Bar Foundation, American College of Tax Counsel, American Tax Policy Institute and American Law Institute. His many civic activities included the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce (Chair and Trustee), Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle (President and Co-Chair of General Assembly Host Committee), Corporate Council for the Arts (Chair), Samis Foundation (Trustee), Seattle Symphony Foundation (President), The Seattle Foundation (Chair), UW School of Law Visiting Committee, Cornish College of the Arts (Co-Chair), Mayor's Symphony Panel (Chair), Seattle Baseball Park Commission (Chair), Rotary Club of Seattle (Trustee), Seattle Rotary Foundation (Chair), Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (Chair), Washington State Historical Society (Trustee), Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce (Vice President), King County Multiple Sclerosis Society (Director), Seattle Hebrew Academy (President), The Jewish Transcript (President), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Washington State Board Member), Northwest Foundation (President), Corporate Council for the Arts (President and Chair), Seattle Day Nursery Association (Director), and Puget Sound Regional Council (Tax Reform Task Force). In recognition of Irwin's receipt of the Benjamin Cardozo Outstanding Service Award, Governor Gary Locke proclaimed May 28, 1997 "Irwin Treiger Day." Irwin most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, including many summer vacations in Lake Chelan and around the entire Northwest, annual Passover vacations, numerous trips to Israel, annual baseball trips with his friends (visiting every major league ballpark in the U.S.), fishing trips to BC, and attending Seattle Marnier games (he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on his 70th birthday). He was an avid crossword puzzler, regularly completing the Sunday New York Times puzzle. Irwin is survived by Betty Lou, his wife of 56 years and the love of his life, his brother Ray and sister-in-law Nancy Treiger, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jackie and Alvin Goldfarb, his children Louis (and Bayla), Karen (and Shlomo Goldberg), Ken (and Lauren Antonoff), nine grandchildren and many, many friends. Donations in his memory may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle or to the .
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013
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