Mark C. Yellin
Attorney Mark C. Yellin, 83, of Delray Beach, FL and Bloomfield, CT, died peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2017. Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Harry and Sally (Nathanson) Yellin. He graduated from Weaver High School, where he set a district basketball scoring record. He received a B.S. degree from Yale University in 1955, and LLB and J.D. degrees from Yale Law School in 1958. At Yale he was a dean’s list student, a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and a member of the Yale Varsity Basketball team.

Mark had been a practicing attorney in Hartford, CT since 1958. He was a former Research Assistant to the State of CT Legislative Council and he was a former Business Editor of the CT Bar Journal. He was a former chairman of the State Junior Bar Association Committee to aid in the revision of the index to the General Statutes. He was a member of the Hartford County, State of CT, and American Bar, Associations. He was also a member of St. John’s Lodge 4 A.F. & A.M., and Mory’s Association. He was also a member of The Country Club of Farmington, Tumble Brook Country Club and Stonebridge Golf and Country Club.

In addition to his own personal basketball accomplishments, Mark brought professional basketball to Hartford in the late 60's as majority owner of the Hartford Capitols Professional Basketball Team, a member of the EBA. Mark also authored three books in collaboration with K. C. Jones on how to teach kids to play basketball. In honor of Mark’s accomplishments, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22, 2015 as Scholar/Athlete.

Mark also served for many years as the Chairman of the Farmington Conservation Commission and as a director of the Yale Club of Hartford. He has been the President of the Delray Lakes Estates Homeowners Association for the past 10 years. Mark was also a philanthropist in the Hartford area, and served for 26 years as chairman of the UConn Health Center Cancer Research Golf Tournament. On April 25, 2015, UConn Health and the UConn Foundation awarded Mark and his wife Laura the 2015 Carole and Ray Neag Medal of Honor, which recognizes those individuals whose outstanding contributions to the field of medicine and UConn Health make a difference in the lives of others.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Laura (Zionts) Yellin, and his children, Matthew Yellin of Delray Beach, FL, Sheree Yellin of Delray Beach, FL, Pam Stroud and husband Bob of Richmond, TX, Wendy Hill and husband Lucius of Westwood, MA, and Jonathan Yellin and wife Jayme of Needham, MA. He also leaves behind 8 granchildren, Lindsay and Todd Gardner, Rachael, Sofie and Isabelle Yellin, and Harry, Charlie and Lydia Hill, and many other beloved relatives. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert “Bull” Yellin.

He will be deeply missed by his adoring family and many devoted friends, all of whom looked forward to Mark’s stories, wit, incredible generosity, and fabulous parties.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT with Rabbi James Rosen officiating.

Interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson St. Ext., Avon, CT. Following the interment the family will receive relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made: In memory of Mark C. Yellin: to the Laura Z. Yellin and Mark C. Yellin Cancer Research Fund. Please make checks payable to: The UConn Foundation, Inc. and forward to the following address: 2390 Alumni Drive Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269.

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