BERNARD SORKIN

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SORKIN--Bernard "Bernie",

passed away at home in Rye, NY on Thursday, December 22, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was the son of Basha Sorkin and Isadore Sorkin, who managed an ILGWU local and was a Yiddish newspaper writer. Bernie was the brother of Rhoda Lansky, school executive. He was devoted to Claire, his wife of 67 years, their children, Deborah (husband Robert), Noah and Aaron (daughters-in-law Stephanie and Julia), grandchildren Natalie and Emily Smith, Dana and Matthew Sorkin, and Roxanne Sorkin. During World War II, he was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps in the Pacific Theater. He graduated from City College of New York with a B.S., Columbia University Law School with an L.L.B., and a M.L.L. from Brooklyn Law School. He specialized in copyright and intellectual property law from the early period of Warner Bros. movies and Time Warner, which later grew to be a giant in the entertainment industry. He greatly admired the business acumen of Steve Ross and Richard Parsons; the intelligence of his colleagues; the capability of the support staff, and valued their friendships. In addition to his family, he enjoyed books, English and American history, Classical music composed before Verdi, children, theater, movies, TV specials, travel, a good joke, and bow ties -- all in that order. He will be missed.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 27, 2016
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