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Allen I. Neiman


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Allen I. Neiman Obituary
January 11, 1929 - November 14, 2017 Allen I. Neiman passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the age of 88 at his home in Santa Monica. Allen was born in Chicago, Ill on January 11, 1929. At the age of 12 he and his brother Phil moved to Los Angeles with their parents, Inez and Arnold. Allen graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1946. During this time, Arthur Liu became part of the family. Allen obtained his BS degree from UCLA in 1950 and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force, afterwards attending law school at USC. He graduated with high honors in 1956 and established his first law firm in 1957. Allen practiced law for more than 50 years, specializing in commercial litigation and family law. In 1980, Allen became the Honorary Consul General for Burkina Faso. Allen was the longest serving member of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, which includes approximately 100 international consulates in Los Angeles. He served on the Executive Committee and held multiple offices in the organization. Allen was active in the civil rights movement throughout his career and was formerly vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern California chapter. In the 1960s, he was a volunteer civil rights worker in Mississippi and worked on voter registration of African Americans and other important issues. In 2012, the USC Gould School of Law was endowed with the Allen Neiman & Alan Sieroty Lecture in Civil Liberties to commemorate work in this field and support it well into the future. Allen was a good man. He was a warm, thoughtful and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a compassionate spirit and contagious sense of humor and fun. He traveled throughout the world, was an avid reader and loved all types of music from bluegrass to opera. Allen enjoyed life immensely and led one that was wonderful and full. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Allen is survived by Deanne, his wife of 31 years; brothers Phillip Neiman (wife Susan) and Dr. Arthur Liu (wife Alice); children and significant others Eric Neiman (Ann Neiman); Amy Neiman (Alan Seltzer); Andrea Goldman (the late Glenn Goldman); Phillip Neiman (Shereen Gordon); and Eric Copley; grandchildren Phillip, Charlie, Jane, Alex, Joe, Sam, Zac, Rebecca and Eli; nieces and nephews as well as his close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Allen's name to Human Rights Watch. HWR.ORG / 888-899-4779 / 350 5th Avenue, 34th floor, NY, NY 10118
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 26, 2017
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