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Aubrey I. Finn


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Aubrey I. Finn Obituary
December 25, 1914 - January 15, 2017 Aubrey I. Finn, a former Los Angeles attorney who specialized in entertainment law and was an advocate for blacklisted writers in the 1950s, has passed away at 102 years of age.   For nearly 70 years, clients and colleagues in the entertainment business and the arts cherished his intelligence and valuable advice. Finn's quiet presence and dry wit also endeared him within his family and a diverse social circle that grew partly out of his and his late wife, Pauline Lauber Finn's, efforts against political repression during the McCarthy era. Aubrey was born in Springfield, Mass., the eldest son of Jacob Benjamin Finn and Pauline Brody Finn, immigrants from Lithuania and the Ukraine. His father died when Aubrey was nine and his younger brother, Howard, was seven. Their mother remarried and, after high school, the blended family, which now included four boys, moved to California to join an uncle in the grocery business. Aubrey attended Southwestern Law School, receiving an L.L.B. and being admitted to the California Bar in 1937. Not wishing to take advantage of his advanced degree to become an officer, Aubrey enlisted in the Army during WWII, following which he returned to Los Angeles to practice law. After his retirement from private practice, Aubrey volunteered his services to various charitable organizations, including Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles. For many years he also enjoyed meeting with his comedy writer friends for a weekly lunch. He lived in the same house in the Hollywood Hills for 68 years and was fortunate to be able to stay there in the last few years when he needed caregiving help. Always wishing to stay fit, he had walked the steep grades through the canyons every morning, to the delight of his neighbors. Friends and family marveled at his bicycle ride from Playa del Rey to Redondo Beach every weekend into his early 90's. Aubrey is survived by the daughters of his late younger brother Howard (Anne), who was a Los Angeles City councilman in the 1980s: Bonnie Finn, Jocelyn Finn, and Melinda Finn and their children Sarah (Lucas) Phelan, Demian (Jennifer) Wyma, and Eric Marchuk, and their children Collin Wyma and Mitra Marchuk.  Aubrey also leaves his step-nephew and niece, Gary Katz and Heidi (Barry) Billor; brother-in-law Phil Levine and nephew Alan (Judy) and niece Susan (Ben) Frankel, and their children and grandchildren. In addition to Los Angeles cousins Sue Elmore and Linda (Dan) Rosenson, he is missed by a devoted family of cousins in Massachusetts and New York. A small graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Eden Cemetery, where along with family members, Aubrey's longtime and loving caregivers Jovi, Gemma, Ailene and Jhunver were able to say their final farewell. A gathering for friends will be held at a later date. Inquiries can be made to [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 29, 2017
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