Marvin I. Block, 79, a well-respected Philadelphia attorney, died Oct. 25.
Block was recently honored for serving 50 years by the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more than 11 years, Block served as both an assistant attorney general and special assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as counsel for the Professional Licensing Boards. He also handled inheritance tax and escheat matters for the state.
While representing the licensing boards, he was involved in landmark decisions involving the pharmacy, optometry and funeral boards. Block further served as a staff attorney for the Board of Claims in Harrisburg, Pa., writing legal opinions in matters concerning large construction and engineering projects.
Prior to joining Zarwin Baum’s commercial division, where he practiced commercial law, specializing in transactional matters focused on real estate for the past 10 years, Block was a senior partner at a small local law firm for more than 40 years where he handled commercial, real estate and estate matters.
Block represented numerous condominium associations and served as president of many associations, while also developing condominiums in the South Jersey area.
Born in Atlantic City, Block received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Temple University. He was a former president of Temple Zion synagogue and former president of the Men’s Club Temple Beth Torah in Philadelphia, where he and his family were members for more than 25 years.
Block is survived by his wife of 53 years, Naomi; daughters Toby Grosswald, Cheryl Friedenberg and Deena Padnis; son Gary Block; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be sent to: American Friends of Magen David Adom, 352 Seventh Ave., Suite 400, New York, N.Y. 10001.