Fred Blume of Penn Valley, a distinguished Philadelphia attorney who was chairman emeritus of Blank Rome, one of the city’s more prominent law firms, died April 8 at the age of 72 after a long illness.
He was associated with Blank Rome since 1967, a year after he graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Blume rose to managing partner as well as CEO of the firm.
He was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.
“Fred’s tenure with Blank Rome lasted close to half a century,” said the firm’s Alan Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, in a statement.
“During his time with us, he demonstrated a fierce dedication to his work, his community and his family.”
He also was instrumental in the firm’s expansion to other cities.
Blume’s local communal activities were many: He was a board member of City Year Greater Philadelphia and served the board of advisers at Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics.
He also was active at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, with a role on its board of visitors. Blume had graduated from Temple with a B.S. in 1963 at the top of his class; he was a member of the National Business Honor Society.
Other focal points: board roles with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Chambers USA had named him as one of the best of the best in corporate and M&A — a specialty — legal work.
Blume was rated at the top of his field by Martindale-Hubbell and was included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law and Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.
He is survived by his wife, Silvia, whom he met while a student in law school; a daughter, Deborah; two sons, Michael and Edward; a brother, Martin; and seven grandchildren.
Those wishing to make donations may direct their contributions to City Year Greater Philadelphia, Penn Law School or Temple’s Fox School of Business.