Hon. Judge Alan Black
1938 - 2020
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Hon. Judge Alan Black, 81, of Allentown, passed away September 21, 2020. He was the husband of Donna (Lockspeiser) Black, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage. Born November 20, 1938 in Bethlehem, PA, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Leah (Shanken) Black.

Judge Black graduated from Liberty High School, Class of 1956; University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (B.S. Econ. with Distinction), Class of 1960; Harvard Law School (J.D.), Class of 1963.

He was in the private practice of law from 1964-1997 with a concentration in commercial litigation. In 1997, he was elected Judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas after winning nominations from both the Democratic and Republican Parties and retired as President Judge.

Judge Black was very active in the community, serving as Allentown City Solicitor. Judge Black was a member and Past President and Board Chairman of Temple Beth El, Allentown. He was Past President of the Adult Literacy Center of Lehigh Valley; Board of Governors for the Civic Theatre of Allentown; member of the Allentown Rotary Club; founding Board Member of Confront, Inc.; former Secretary and Board Member of the Lehigh County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board; former Board Member of the Program for Women and Families, Inc; former Legal Counsel and Vice-President of the Allentown Jaycees; and past Vice-President and Board Member of the Jewish Day School of Allentown.

Survivors: Wife; Children, Martin Black and his wife, Nancy, and Sara Black and her husband, Jeff Toll; Grandchildren, Adam and Elise Black; Brothers, Ronald Black and his wife, Linda, and A. Neil Black and his wife, Vicki.

Services: Private. Interment will take place at Beth El Memorial Park, Whitehall. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, 1305 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA 18104.

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Published in Morning Call on Sep. 22, 2020.
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February 2, 2021
May God comfort and guide you during this especially sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
E.M.
September 24, 2020
He was the judge and sentenced for when my daughter was murdered...God bless h and his family
Dawn Gebhardt
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
My condolences to the Black family.
Sue Wright Geiger
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
I remember Alan (and Donna) from Pinemere Camp in the 1950s. So sorry. May his memory be for a blessing.
Carol Robins
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
Dear Donna and Family,
Our sincere condolences on Alan’s passing! May memories of Alan get you through this trying time and be a blessing to you and your loved ones!
Linda and Murray Garber
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
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Lucy Slater
September 22, 2020
My sympathies to the family. Alan was a kind, respected member of the community.
Ruth Skinner
Acquaintance
September 22, 2020
As a teenager, Alan was a leader and scholar with a strong moral and scholastic compass. Donna, his childhood sweetheart, and wife , complimented his devotion on many levels. Time only enhanced these qualities and unsurprisingly, Alan became a dedicated and highly respected jurist, never losing sight of his religious devotion. He was an example that members of his profession would do well to follow....and while accomplishing all this.... he was a good guy. Condolences to Donna and the family.
Dick and Rosemary Haber
Dick and Rosemary Haber
Friend
September 22, 2020
Judge Black was simultaneously one of the most brilliant and down-to-earth people I have ever had the honor to be around. He was a real mentor to me, and I will never forget him. I offer his family and loved ones my most sincere condolences.
Richard L. Orloski
September 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Donna for the loss of her husband. Alan was a man to be admired by all for his intellect, honesty and absolute integrity.

Jim Orman
September 22, 2020
Donna and Family, Please accept my most sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. My prayers are with you. I know how difficult is to lose a family member.
Elmer Heiney
September 22, 2020
Donna my heart goes out to! You were so good to take on caretakers duties with so much love. God Bless you and your family.
Laura Ann Reiss
Laura A Reiss
September 22, 2020
I had the honor and privilege to be the commercial banker for Alan's law firm in the eighties and nineties. He was an exceptional lawyer and exceptional gentleman. He was plainly and simply brilliant.

I also was the commercial banker for Morris Black & Sons over the same time period and they were all fine individuals.

My deepest condolences to everyone in Alan's family and all his relatives.

Matt Thomas
Matthew Thomas
Friend
September 22, 2020
Donna: My condolences. Alan was a gentleman and a scholar. He inspired me to be a better person.
Chuck Levine,MD
Chuck Levine,MD
Friend
September 22, 2020
In Judge Black’s chambers attached to Courtroom 8, a painting I admired hung prominently on the wall he had to walk past in order to go on the bench. I wish I had taken a picture of it. Effectively, the message was, He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: To seek justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before your God. Michah 6:8

Judge Black, more than anyone I have ever known, embodied these words. I have the utmost respect for him as a jurist, as a man of faith, and as a person. He lived a life that was beyond reproach. I will always remember with deep fondness my time as his law clerk. Sincere condolences to Mrs. Black and the entire family.
Elisabeth Hopkins
Friend
September 22, 2020
A life well lived. He was a pioneer, especially assisting Richard and Robert Csandl in the founding of Confront--where MANY people got the help they needed at a time when they needed it the most. May his memory be a Blessing. Susan Roth Kelsey azulcool@bellsouth.net
Susan (Roth) Kelsey
Acquaintance
September 22, 2020
Judge Black was a great and good man. I was honored to serve with him briefly on the Adult Literacy Council board years ago. The ALC was a great organization, which operated on a shoe string and, with the benefit of Alan Black's leadership, helped thousands of Allentown residents, many new arrivals, improve their lives. Judge Black's commitment to public service, especially to the least advantaged among us, inspired me and all his former board colleagues. Condolences to Alan's family and his many friends.

Sean Duffy
Neffs, PA
Sean Duffy
Friend
September 22, 2020
Judge Black went on the bench shortly before I started practicing. As a young litigator standing before him for motions and argument, I noted he was always very respectful to all sides, interested in the law, and issued excellent rulings and opinions. And outside of the courtroom, he was a very nice and respected gentleman. I am proud to have his signature on my Lehigh County bar admission from 2001. Rest In Peace, Judge Black.

Jody A. Mooney
Jody A. Mooney
Acquaintance
September 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Black family for their loss. Judge Black was an honorable man and a true mensch, in every sense of the word. Rest in peace from a Life well lived!!
Alan Miller
Friend
September 22, 2020
My condolences to the Black family on the loss of Judge Black. He was an exceptional Jurist with an exceptional legal mind. Most importantly a fine man.
May God Rest His Soul.
Joe Hanna
September 21, 2020
A towering intellect, and one of the best men it was my honor to know.
James Hickey
Friend
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