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Bernard Glassman, 74, Tax Attorney

September 21, 2011
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Bernard Glassman

Bernard Glassman, 74, an attorney who specialized in tax and estate law, died Aug. 18 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He was a resident of Elkins Park.

Glassman was a senior counsel at the Blank Rome law firm in Philadelphia and a former chairman of the firm's estate and tax department. He was instrumental in developing the firm's financial, budgeting and accounting systems.

He also served on the firm's audit and budget committee, and chaired the billing committee. He stayed on as special counsel to Blank Rome after retiring in 2009.

Earlier in his career, Glassman was a partner with the Lodge & Goldman firm in Philadelphia and was a Pennsylvania special assistant attorney general.

Glassman grew up in Strawberry Mansion and graduated from Central High School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn's law school.

A frequent lecturer on wills, trusts and estate administration, Glassman was a past chairman of the probate and trust law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association; a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; and a member of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council.

He was a board member of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Boys Town of Jerusalem.

Glassman is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sylvia Boblitt Glassman; daughters Hara Salkovitz and Lynn Hochberg; son Todd Glassman; sister Betty Trachtenberg; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to: the National Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002; www.yiddishbookcenter.org.

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