S. Michael Schatz
S. Michael Schatz, 84, of Avon, and Longboat Key, FL and formerly of West Hartford, died Friday, (June 10, 2005) at home. He leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Norma (Hirshon) Schatz, and his children, Andrew Schatz and his wife Barbara Wolf of West Hartford, Debra and her husband Mark Lefkowitz, of Sharon, MA, Nathan Schatz and his wife Dr. Robyne Diller, of Deep River, and Donald Schatz and his wife Deborah Legow Schatz, of South Orange, NJ. He was the loving grandfather of Jeffrey and Laura Schatz, Aaron and Jared Lefkowitz, Jacob, Benjamin and Noah Diller-Schatz, and Sydney and Zachary Schatz. Son of Nathan and Dora (Goldberg) Schatz, Mike was born and raised in Hartford. He graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School where he was Editor in Chief of the Cornell Law Quarterly and a Member of Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi. After graduating from law school, Mike was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, 1942-1946, where he served in War Plans Section, Bureau of Personnel, in Washington, D.C., and as Communications Officer on the Cruiser Duluth in the Pacific. In 1946, he served as counsel to the Navy Court Martial Sentence Review Board. A fifty-year member of the Connecticut, American, Hartford County and New York Bars, he retired in 1990 as the Senior Partner of Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, having specialized in corporate, banking and tax law. He served as general counsel to many professional associations and as a member of the board of directors of a number of Connecticut-based companies. He was listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Commerce and Industry and The Best Lawyers in America. During his legal career, Mike also served as president of the Connecticut Junior Bar Association, as president of the Cornell Law Association, and as assistant secretary, treasurer and secretary of the Connecticut State Bar Association. He also was active on the Cornell University Council and Cornell Law School Advisory Council. Mike served over the years as Vice Chair of the University of Connecticut Foundation, Chairman of the Hartford Jewish Endowment Foundation Development Committee, a Director of Friends of the University of CT School of Dental Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital Association and St. Francis Hospital Association and as a corporator of the Hartford Public Library. He also endowed the Judge Nathan Schatz Student Emergency Loan Fund and the S. Michael and Norma H. Schatz Student Activities Room at Cornell Law School. In addition to his professional and charitable activities, Mike was very active in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He served as President of the King Philip Junior High School PTA and the Scoutmaster for Troop 136 in West Hartford when his children were young. For many years after his retirement, he delighted in being a Teacher's Aide in elementary school classes at Morley and Smith Schools in West Hartford. He touched the lives of his family, friends, clients and strangers with his wise counsel and gentle ways. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, in the chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Visiting hours will be at the home of Andrew Schatz and Barbara Wolf, 220 Fern Street, West Hartford, from 3-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m., on Tuesday and Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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