Obituaries

Roy Vasile in 2009

Longtime Nassau Insurance Defense Attorney Dies at 62

By Andrew Denney |

Roy Vasile, a longtime Nassau County insurance defense attorney who devoted much of his time off to working with youth, died on May 15 from complications from a stroke.

Ethel Griffin in 2010

Former New York County Public Administrator Dies at 70

By Andrew Denney |

New York County Public Administrator Ethel Griffin, the first woman and first African American to hold that post and the longest-serving public administrator in the state, died on May 11 after a long battle with cancer.

William Matteson

William Matteson, Former Debevoise Leader, Dies at 86

William Matteson, a retired business and corporate law partner with Debevoise & Plimpton who at one time held the post of presiding partner, died on Saturday.

Richard J. Bartlett

Richard Bartlett, Who Helped Unify NY Courts, Dies at 89

By Joel Stashenko |

Richard Bartlett, whose six-decade legal career included serving as the first state chief administrative judge in a nascent unified New York court system, has died.

Harvey Miller

Weil Gotshal Partner, Titan of the Bankruptcy Bar, Dies

By Andrew Denney |

Harvey Miller, who is credited as the most prominent bankruptcy attorney in the country and with developing the modern bankruptcy practice, died on Monday after a brief battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Judge Patterson in 2009

Southern District Judge Robert Patterson Dies at Age 91

By Mark Hamblett |

Colleagues and friends are mourning the passing of Southern District Judge Robert Patterson, who is being remembered as a devoted jurist whose long history of public service and abiding humility made him a respected elder in the district and an inspiration to those proud to call him a mentor.

Allen Beldock

Judicial Hearing Officer Who Refused to Quit Dies at 96

By Andrew Denney |

Allen Beldock, a longtime Queens judicial hearing officer and former Supreme Court judge with a dogged determination to stay on the bench, died on Tuesday. He was 96 and held the distinction as the oldest judicial officer in New York City.

Robert Pitler

Brooklyn Law Professor Robert Pitler Dies at 74

By Andrew Denney |

Robert Pitler, a longtime Brooklyn Law School professor who served as counsel to former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, has died. He was 74.

Jerald Klein

Recently Retired Housing Court Judge Dies at 66

Jerald Klein, who served as a Housing Court judge in the Bronx and Manhattan for 32 years, making him the court's longest serving judge before he retired several weeks ago, died Sunday.

Robert Collini

Acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Collini Dies at 57

Acting Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Robert Collini, who was known among his colleagues for being serious on the bench but jocular in chambers, died on Sunday at his home in Pleasant Plains after battling cancer for several months.