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Robert A. Holtzman


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Robert A. Holtzman Obituary
July 17, 1929 - January 6, 2018 Surrounded by loved ones, Bob Holtzman, 88, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018. Bob was born and raised in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles High School, and worked at his parent's small market in Venice. He lovingly protected his little sister Arlene. He graduated UCLA in 1951, the first member of the family to attend college, and USC Law School in 1954. Bob married Barbara Polis; they had three children and enjoyed a loving marriage of 30 years until her death in 1985. After serving in the Army, he joined Loeb & Loeb in 1956, becoming a Partner in 1964. He was a business litigator, working many long hours, but his children fondly recall his devotion to his family, and their adventurous trips to Hawaii, Europe, and the Oregon coast. After "retiring" from law practice, he engaged full-time in dispute resolution. Bob authored numerous papers and spoke at conferences on Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Ethics and Mediation. He was passionate about arbitration and worked until his recent illness. One of his proudest achievements was receiving the Griffen Bell Volunteer Service Award from Dispute Resolution Services. In 1986 Bob married Lili Endlich; they had a joyful marriage for 31 years. Bob celebrated the marriage of his eldest granddaughter Ellen this past summer, and on Thanksgiving Day, was extremely proud to witness the swearing-in to the Bar of his granddaughter Beth. Bob is survived by his wife Dr. Lili Endlich, sister Arlene Ewing (Richard), children Melinda Holtzman, Mark Holtzman (Marla) and Bradley Holtzman (Lara), stepchildren Lisa Heffernan (Mark), Eric Endlich (Kris) and Keith Endlich (Tatjana) and grandchildren Ellen (Keith), Beth, Sam, Tom, Harry, Ben (Keara), Alexander, Elyse, Erika and Evelina. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved family and friends. Bob was a generous supporter of many Jewish and other philanthropic organizations. The family asks donations be directed to the USC Gould School of Law, Joint Distribution Committee, The Alliance for Children's Rights, or other charitable organization of meaning to you. A memorial service will be held February 3rd, 11 am at Temple Judea, Tarzana.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, 2018
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