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Friday, March 14, 2008

Herbert LipsitzLabor Lawyer

Herbert Lipsitz, 90, a retired lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board, died Feb. 20 at Carriage Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Bethesda. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Lipsitz, who was born in Boston, put himself through college and law school by selling newspapers on street corners. He graduated from the Boston University law school in 1940 and was editor-in-chief of the law review.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Washington. In 1945, he was part of the official contingent accompanying President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference, a meeting of the leaders of the three Allied powers of the war -- Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin.

Mr. Lipsitz received a master's degree in law from George Washington University in 1947 and worked for the NLRB, resolving labor disputes and contract issues, for the rest of his career. He retired in the early 1980s, then had a private law practice for several years.

Throughout his married life, Mr. Lipsitz cared for his wife, Pauline, who lost her eyesight as a result of diabetes in 1946. He helped with household chores and shopping, administered her insulin and read to her each night. She died in 2005 after 63 years of marriage.

Mr. Lipsitz lived in the Kemp Mill Estates section of Silver Spring and was a member of Temple Emanuel in Kensington, where he sometimes assisted with Friday night services. He had a second home in Ocean City, Md.

A son, Marc Lipsitz, died in 2006.

Survivors include a daughter, Robin Lichterman of Silver Spring; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

-- Matt Schudel


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