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Allaire Karzon

Nashville - Allaire Urban Karzon Daughter of Paul and Aurelia Urban and wife of David T. Karzon, born in Newark New Jersey, died January 24, 2021 in Nashville at age 95. She was a distinguished attorney with a trail-blazing legal career in government, private practice, as corporate counsel, and as a law professor. After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she was an attorney with the Office of Alien Property at the Department of Justice and the legal department of RCA Corporation. She became the first woman partner at Hodgson Russ Andrews Woods & Goodyear in Buffalo, N.Y. After moving to Nashville, TN in 1968, she served as counsel to Performance Systems, Inc. and Aladdin Industries, and as a partner in Neal, Karzon and Harwell. She became the first tenured woman professor at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching tax law for 18 years. She also managed the family real estate business in New Jersey founded by her parents. Her civic accomplishments included serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Association in Buffalo and as a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Nashville. In 1946 she married David T Karzon, who in 1968 was appointed chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Medical School. She is survived by two children, David T. Karzon Jr (Roanne) of Summit, N.J. and Elizabeth Urban Karzon of Washington, D.C. three grandchildren, Lindsay (Robert), Nicholas (Ashley), and Emily, two great grandchildren, Zachary and Matthew, and two cats who adored her. Our family is grateful to all of her caregivers over her final years. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, Inc., 650 Airborne Parkway, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14225. Guestbook at Crawford Mortuary & Crematory (615) 254-8200

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Published in Tennessean from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2021.
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February 3, 2021
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Thank you for being my friend, thank you for being there in my hour of need. Thank you for the wonderful hours we spent talking and laughing about the different lives we had led. I will miss you and never forget our friendship.
When I first became Allaire’s tenant, I was a much different man than I am today. I grew into a better man during the 30+ years that have passed. I know we never grow in life without outside influences. We never improve our lives without having mentors to share thoughts with us. Allaire was just that to me, aside from becoming my good friend, Allaire was a mentor to me. She was never short with advice and from almost the very beginning we pretty much could talk about anything.
I know what an exceptional woman she was, and it is easy to see her life’s accomplishments. She touched so many lives and improved them, her influence will go on for time immemorial.
Allaire represented the best of a friend, the best of a lady, and the best of a professional, in anything she touched.
God knows, I loved that woman for so many reasons. Thank you Allaire for interfering with my life and being my friend.
Love Always,
Your Friend
Sam Casternovia
Samuel Casternovia
January 27, 2021
I was close to Allaire at her arrival at the Hodgson, Russ law firm and helped her accommodate to practice. Susan and I had numerous social get togethers with her and David. Unfortunately the closeness of our friendship was abbreviated by my first Washington episode and her departure to Tennessee. We kept in touch somewhat during her teaching. Susan and I fondly recall our close times together in Buffalo.
January 26, 2021
Elizabeth, I tried to submit my message to you earlier, but I don't see it with the other messages, so I will submit it again. I was so sorry to read about your mom in the Tennessean this morning. It has been years since we have talked. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. If you have a chance, please text me and let's catch up. Sylvia
Sylvia Adams
January 26, 2021
As the chairman of Hodgson Russ for 6 years, I regularly invoked Allaire's name and legacy. While I never met her in person, I have great respect for her accomplishments and for her contribution to Hodgson Russ that allowed the Firm to achieve yet another "first" in the western New York community. Sincerest condolences to her family.
Daniel Oliverio, Chair Emeritus Hodgson Russ
January 26, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mrs Karzon you were like a grandmother to me , I learned a lot from you . I’m going to miss our laughters your amazing stories and how much you love sweets . You were my mentor and my friend. You helped me thru my mothers death and so much more . Thank you for all of your advice and the love you had for me . You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Yuneisy Ortega
January 26, 2021
Mrs.Karzon , I had the fortunate opportunity to care for her ,and what I can say is, she became family not a job. She was generous, strong, funny, caring and more than anything she became my mentor. She always had the right advise and always pushed me to do better, I have learn a lot from her and wish I had more time to learn more. I am glad I got to spend her last Christmas and New Years with her and held her hand to the last I could. She will never be forgotten and forever have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace my dear!
Fatima Cunha
January 26, 2021
I had the privilege of knowing and working with Allaire for over 25 years, she was a brilliant attorney and law professor as well as an astute business professional who treated others fairly and with kindness. May God bless Allaire's soul.
Tom Skobo
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