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GELFOND--Stuart. Co-head of the Capital Markets Practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, died Thursday, August 30, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health, after a long battle with cancer. He was just 55, yet he lived an enormously accomplished and full life. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Stuart graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School at the age of 16 and received a BS, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania ('83) and a JD from New York University School of Law ('86), where he was selected for the Order of the Coif. Stuart joined Fried Frank in 1986 and was promoted to partner in 1993 at the young age of 30. Having spent his entire career at Fried Frank, Stuart was a thought leader, mentor and friend to many. During the course of his career, he represented every major investment bank as well as a number of prominent corporations, including Perrigo, Merck, Extended Stay and, in particular, the Navios family of companies, which held a special place in his heart. He was known among his colleagues as a prolific writer of client memos and his self- titled "Gelfond Practice Memos," which espoused the importance of striving to be a better lawyer and a better person. One of his most memorable practice memos was "All I Really Need to Know to Practice Law I Learned as a First Year Associate," written as an ode to Robert Fulghum's book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Ironically, for a lifelong Mets fan, another popular practice memo he wrote was, "How to be the Mariano Rivera of Closing Deals." A diehard basketball fan and an avid player, Stuart recently wrote a memoir titled "The Beautiful Game," in which he shared the life lessons he learned from his love for the game. One of his proudest accomplishments was having coached more than 55 of his children's sports teams. His fondest memories from childhood were from his time spent at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Copake, NY, where he spent many summers; he would later work as a counselor and eventually serve as the chairman of its board. His children also all attended the camp over the years. This summer he was thrilled to be honored at a dedication ceremony where the newly refurbished softball field was named "Gelfond Field." Stuart often spoke of deriving "utils" from life, which he described as having learned from a college professor who defined it as "units of happiness." He often thought of happiness in terms of deep satisfaction, the kind that comes from dedication, love and shared experience. His determination and courage in his battle with cancer were inspirational and he will be deeply missed. Stuart is survived by his father Max Gelfond, sisters Janice Gelfond and Susan Spiegel and Susan's husband David, wife Laura Sachar Gelfond, and his children Jack, Alex, Allie, Sophia and Lillie. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp. Services Tuesday, 11:30am, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, NYC. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 2, 2018
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