Henry A. Hubschman

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HUBSCHMAN HENRY A. HUBSCHMAN Henry A. Hubschman, who had a distinguished career in law, government and business, died of cancer at the age of 63 in his Greenwich, Connecticut home on February 9, 2011. He was revered by all as a person of the highest intellect, character and integrity, as a caring and steadfast friend, and as a loving and devoted husband and father who put his family first. His boundless energy, insatiable curiosity, bed-rock authenticity, deep compassion, wry humor, natural leadership and commitment to the public interest made him an exemplar in both his professional and personal life and earned him profound respect, admiration and love from all who knew him. Henry was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 12, 1947, the son of Morris and Esther (Weissman). On June 9, 1985, he married Joanne L. Goode, and their marriage of 25 years was marked by strong mutual support, the shared joy of raising their four children and Joanne's selfless care-giving in the last years of Henry's life. They took special pleasure in hosting friends and family at their summer home on Martha's Vineyard. He is survived by Joanne, his two daughters, Lilly and Josie, his two sons, Ellis and Nathan, as well as his sister, Susan Wainberg, and his nephews, Jonathan (wife Sarah) and Zev (wife Cara) Wainberg. As a father, he had high expectations for his children's service to society but also was committed to helping them find their own lodestar and chart their own course. Henry graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 1969 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1973, the same year in which he received a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was a law clerk to Judge Frank Murray of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts from 1973-74. He was an associate (1974-77 and 1979-80) and then a nationally recognized litigation partner(1980-1992) at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. He was Executive Assistant and invaluable advisor to Patricia Roberts Harris, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, from 1977-79, and served on the board of directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association from 1979-81. Following his outstanding service in law and government, he became General Counsel of GE Aircraft Engines in 1992, where he was a lawyer, counselor and leader beloved by the global leadership both of GEAE and the parent company, GE. In 1997, he became the President and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of GE (and a unit of GE Capital). He enjoyed remarkable global success, growing the company to a fleet of 1800 aircraft placed with nearly 250 airlines in over 75 countries. Under his leadership, the company's aircraft assets grew from $10 billion to $49 billion, making it the largest aircraft leasing business in the world. It had offices in 25 cities across the globe and offered productivity solutions as well as aircraft finance to the world's airlines. Henry has been widely recognized as one of the aviation industry's outstanding leaders, enjoying unqualified respect from his customers and his competitors . Henry served as Chairman of GE Capital Aviation Services from 2009 until his retirement earlier this year. He has served as a director of the GE Fund and the Jewish Federation of Greenwich. He was an avid reader and tennis player who enjoyed talking for hours with his friends about law and government, business and global developments, books and movies-and sharing an occasional bit of political gossip. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 888-444-6613 (http://www.mskcc.org ) or Dana Farber Breast Cancer Treatment Center 1-800-525-4669 (http://www.dana-farber.org/pat/adult/breast-cancer/). A funeral service was held on February 10, 2011 at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, Connecticut.A funeral service was held on February 10, 2011 at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2011
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