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ECKER--Arthur S., accomplished attorney-at-law and devoted public servant, passed away January 22, 2013, age 85, at his Del Mar, CA, home in the arms of his beloved wife, Sharon. 
Born in Scarsdale, NY, he graduated from Harvard College in '49 and Harvard Law School in '52. In 1953, Arthur was appointed as the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney to the Southern District of New York by J. Edward Lumbard. He ventured West to California in 1957 and established his own law practice. For more than 50 years, Arthur served the New York, LA, and San Diego/Del Mar communities as a lawyer, judge, mediator, arbitrator, and advisor. Along with his love of law, he delighted in music, theater, travel, his many, many friends, and, most especially, public service. Arthur often stated that, "everyone owes the duty to use his best talents to further and better the lives of others. If I were a great man, I would do this on a grand scale. Not being such, I try to do it on a small scale - mainly in terms of offering legal counsel without charge and in some philanthropic work." He worked with community non-profits like Planned Parenthood, the West Side Food Bank, and the LA Museum of Natural History as well as local civic leadership. He is loved, celebrated, and survived by his wife, Sharon Robbins; his daughter, Kristina Bauer and her husband, Zach; Kristina's mother, Bente; his sister, Carol Miller and her husband, Wade; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. We suggest charitable contributions be made in Arthur's memory to each individual's favorite cause. For more about Arthur's life please visit: Arthur-S.-Ecker-95119658.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 3, 2013
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