Paul J. Spielberg, labor board lawyer

April 11, 2013
Paul J. Spielberg
labor board lawyer

Paul J. Spielberg, 90, an appellate lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board for more than 40 years before retiring in the early 1990s, died March 27 at a hospice in Austin.

The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said his daughter Freya Spielberg.

Paul Jay Spielberg was a native of Brooklyn and a 1943 graduate of Queens College in New York, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After Army service in World War II, he completed all but his dissertation for a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University. He was a 1952 graduate of Albany Law School in New York.

He moved to Austin from Vienna in 2011. He was a past president of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton and several parent-teacher associations in Fairfax County.

He played tennis every morning until his late 80s.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mimi Johnson Spielberg of Austin; five daughters, Anya Spielberg of Boquete, Panama, Freya Spielberg of Washington, Katya Spielberg of Seattle, Nadya Blow of Chesapeake, Va., and Sonya Spielberg Greenberg of Austin; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

Most Read Local