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Bruce Greenfield, 88, Federal Tax Attorney, Civic Leader

December 8, 2005
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Bruce Harold Greenfield, 88, a lawyer, banker, author, lecturer and civic leader, died Nov. 8 while vacationing in Huntingdon Valley. A resident of Sarasota, he was a native Philadelphian.

Greenfield graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. After graduation from Yale Law School, where he specialized in federal taxation, he worked for the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Legislation.

He served as a member of the advisory group to the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, was president of the Tax Executives Institute, and lectured at tax forums including those sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, the Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia and federal bar associations, and the Real Estate Board.

His papers appeared in numerous publications, including Taxes magazine.

Greenfield, who had a lifelong passion for the military, volunteered as a teenag-er for the U.S. Army's Citizens Military Training Camp. He then volunteered for duty, and served as a member of the 308th horse-cavalry unit at Fort Myer, Va.

When war broke out, there was no call for horse cavalry. So after attending infantry camp in Fort Meade, Md., he applied for and was accepted to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at the Army War College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he graduated second in his class.

Upon graduation, Greenfield was sent to Karachi Air Base in India, where he applied his professional legal training and served as a claims officer investigating accidents; he was frequently the first American at the scene. Once his active duty was completed, he served in the Army Reserves for the maximum term permitted and retired after 30 years with the rank of colonel.

After release from active duty, Greenfield returned to the Treasury Department, and then joined Folz, Bard, Kamsler, Goodis and Greenfield as a partner specializing in federal tax matters. In 1953, he joined his uncle, Albert M. Greenfield, at Bankers Securities Corporation, a diverse holding company.

He remained at BSC for 30 years, serving as a director, and its president, from 1970 to 1982.

Active in civic and philanthropic interests, Greenfield was a member of the national board of directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA, where he chaired their finance committee, and contributed more than 20 years of legal and financial expertise. He set up and was the last remaining founding member of the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, and served as a board member of Continental Bank and Trust Co. for 30 years.

He was also a board member of the American Jewish Committee, the Broad Street South Committee and served as finance committee chair for Congregation Rodeph Shalom.

In September he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in Cape May, N.J., with his wife Adele, and all of their children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Greenfield is survived by daughters Julie Chapin, Elizabeth Martin and Margaret Van Sciver; son Gregory Greenfield; a brother; a sister; and 11 grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Girls Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018.

 

 

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