Morton Harold Kinzler
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1925 - 2018
KINZLER-Morton Harold, 93, passed away peacefully at his residence in Palm Beach, Florida, on June 10th after a short illness. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 16 years, Ruth, his two children by a previous marriage, Alexander (Noreen) of Honolulu, and Cynthia White (Brian) of Vancouver Island, BC, and grandchildren Sean, Kevin, and Timothy Kinzler, and David and Rachel Grillot. Morton was predeceased by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including his uncle and lifelong friend, Moe Frankel, and his three closest friends, J.S. Barnwell, Jr., Dr. R. David Sudarsky, and Alan D. Hunter. Morton graduated from New York University in 1943 at age 18, with a degree in chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa, despite never having learned how to use a slide rule. He served in World War II as a chemist and glass-blowing expert on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After the war, he received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He remained a lifelong friend of Dean William C. Warren of Columbia with whom he collaborated on a taxation textbook. Morton practiced law briefly, then moved to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953 to work for R. S. Barnwell, Sr. and Jr. of the Barnwell Drilling Company. Morton was a founder of Barnwell Industries, Inc., which was Morton's passion for 64 years. He rose to the offices of President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He retired as CEO in 2016, and as Chairman in September of 2017. Morton was known as a tough taskmaster, who led by example and inspired hard work and loyalty in those around him. He loved literature, and had a quote for every occasion, with an affinity for Kipling and Samuel Johnson. He had a passion for film, and never tired of watching Sir Alec Guinness in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He loved travel, fine food, good wine, and visiting Michelin three-star restaurants. He was a member of the Harmonie Club for over 40 years. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a man of principle, shrewd business acumen and good humor. Private services were held. The family requests donations in his memory be made to any of three organizations he championed: Amit, Judicial Watch and Commentary Magazine.

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Published in New York Times from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2018.
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July 11, 2018
Salute, Old Friend!!
It is hard to realize after more than 50 years of friendship, that this world is without Morton, his special personality and humor, and his love for his family.
Erik and he had a special bond, I always felt. One would like to think that somewhere a Cuban cigar may be shared and memories enjoyed together. With deepest condolences to the Kinzler Family and the Barnwell group. Aloha...
Karin Hazelhoff Roelfzema
July 11, 2018
In Memorium': for a Special Friend
Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema
June 15, 2018
Morton was a great man with many achievements. How will the value of his days be measured? Not by what he got but by what he gave. What will matter is every act of integrity or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate his example. What mattered was his compassion for family and friends. His character. He was truly a great man.
James Barnwell
June 13, 2018
As Marty's wife, I always looked forward to family occasions when I could talk with Morty -- a really fine man. Alas, there were far too few more recently.
Jerry Cohn
June 13, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences. May the precious memories forever be cherished & remind you of the wonderful times spent together, bringing pleasant thoughts mind. May God's loyal love give you the comfort that you need at this sorrowful time and also give you the strength to endure. Psalms 119:76
June 12, 2018
I was always impressed with Morton's knowledge of the world and the personal wisdom he developed through his life experiences and readings - including of course the Wall Street Journal ;-). He was a unique man, with his eccentricities and flaws, as we all have. I will always remember him.
michel grillot
June 12, 2018
Our heart felt condolences to the Kinzler family. On behave of myself and the entire staff at The Sovereign. Rest In Peace friend.
Johnny Rivera
June 12, 2018
I was Mr. Kinzler's doorman for 15 years. My condolences to his family, close friends and colleagues. On my behalf and of the entire staff at The Sovereign Apt. Rest In Peace our friend.:(
Johnny Rivera
June 12, 2018
To his family and friends, may our god of love and mercy bring great comfort and peace to all. Mathews 5:4
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