Alan L. Hirshman

Age: 89

City: Rockville Centre

State: Unknown

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Alan Lawrence Hirshman, of New York, NY, died on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a fighter to the end and seemed to be recovering but had an unexpected sudden cardiac arrest.

Born on May 1, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY, Alan graduated from Long Island University and Brooklyn Law School and practiced law to the end.

Alan’s zest for life will be fondly remembered. He loved music and was an accomplished piano player, singer, and actor. He was a frequent patron of the theater and was known to stay up till the wee hours of the morning going to his favorite post-theater jazz clubs.

He was relentless in his commitments, advocacy and championing of social justice, including ending the war in Viet Nam, upholding civil rights and liberties, and protecting the environment. He defended many, often pro bono, in the fight for freedom and equality. He was a proud and active member of the National Lawyers Guild since 1952.

He was a skilled tennis player, enjoying his annual visit to the US Open, and accomplished bridge partner, both of which brought him great joy. And he could tell you the best restaurant in Manhattan, regardless of cuisine, price and/or location.

He is survived by his children Carrie (Matthew) Nolan, Peter (Mitu) Hirshman, Andrea Hirshman, and Margo (Joe) Roca, Alison (Andy) Brettschneider, grandchildren, Nikki Nolan, Danny Nolan, Robbie Green, Max Green, Melissa (Martin) Shaw, and Andrew (Leigh Ann) Roca, Ava Brettschneider, Zoe Brettschneider and great grandchild Ellie Maryn Shaw.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the National Lawyers Guild, NYC Chapter – or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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