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Murray M. Schwartz

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Murray M. Schwartz

Murray M. Schwartz, age 81, of Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, passed away on January 11, 2013 in Cokesbury Healthcare.

Raised in Ephrata, PA, he received degrees from the Wharton School (1952) and Law School of the University of Pennsylvania (1955). In 1982, he also received a Masters Degree in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.

He came to Delaware in 1955 to clerk for U.S. District Judge Caleb M. Wright (deceased). Thereafter, he engaged in the private practice of law until 1974. He co-chaired a committee, which drafted legislation that led to the creation of the statewide Delaware Family Court. He was a member of the then State of Delaware Parole Commission. In 1974, he was named to the Federal District Court Bench serving as Chief Judge 1985-89 and thereafter as a Senior Judge. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Board of the Mary Campbell Center Foundation.

He leaves surviving Sara Lu Schwartz, his beloved wife of 54 years, three daughters, Stacia Schwartz and husband Hugh Eckert, Susan Breske and husband Stephen Breske, and Merle Kennedy, and grandchildren, Madison and Jenna Breske.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Compassionate Care Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and Cokesbury Village Healthcare.

A very special thank you to a dear friend that took care of Murray both professionally and personally over the years.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Mary Campbell Center, 4641 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

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Published in The News Journal from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013
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