Fred Bronfin

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Fred Bronfin, age 95, a native of New Orleans, died on July 23, 2014. Mr. Bronfin was the son of the late Philip and Edith Bronfin. He was married twice, first to Saralyn Plantowsky Bronfin, and then to Carolyn Pick Bronfin, both of whom predeceased him. He was blessed with two children of his marriage to Saralyn who are Dr. Daniel Bronfin (Melanie) of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Kenneth Bronfin (Sarina) of Ridgewood, New Jersey. The deceased had six grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and they, in turn, loved him. They are Michael Bronfin, Neil Bronfin, Talia Bronfin, Marshall Bronfin, Adam Bronfin and Natalie Bronfin. He also had eight step-grandchildren. Mr. Bronfin graduated from Henry W. Allen Elementary School in 1930, Alcee Fortier High School in 1934. At Tulane University he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1941. In the College of Arts and Sciences he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an honorary liberal arts fraternity and in Law School he was elected to the Order of the Coif, honorary legal society. Shortly after his graduation from Law School he joined the Navy where he was trained to be a Fighter Director, a relatively new concept, which involved the use of radar to plat the course and interception of approaching enemy aircraft. It was also used to locate aircraft that had been downed. He saw duty at Midway Island and Pearl Harbor, where he was a member of the Pacific Fleet Radar Center, and later Officer in Charge of the Fighter Director School, which trained men to plot the course of incoming enemy raids and to ultimately intercept them with fighter planes. At the conclusion of the war he was transferred to Washington and New York to assist in the termination of wartime contracts and evaluation of work in process. Mr. Bronfin actively practiced law for over forty-five years, and was a member of the Tulane Law Review and the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. He was also member of the New Orleans Bar Association. For the past few years his biography appeared in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in American Law". He served as the senior partner of the venerable law firm of "Bronfin & Heller" for over forty years. Mr. Bronfin had been on the boards of the Jewish Childrens' Regional Service, B'Nai Brith, Jewish Family Service, Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Mr. Bronfin was a brilliant attorney, known for his remarkable memory that spanned the entire 20th century and for his wonderful sense of humor. He was deeply loved and admired by his family and close friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Shir Chadash Congregation, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Service begins at 1:00 p.m. Private Interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, Tulane University, or the Anti- Defamation League. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com. Information (504) 835-2341.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from July 24 to July 25, 2014
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