Hal Schwartz Jr.
October 25, 1942 – March 5, 2014
Harold A. (Hal) Schwartz, Jr., 71, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, departed this life March 5, 2014. He was a graduate of Baylor and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his LL.B from the University of Pennsylvania and his LL.M (in taxation) from New York University. He served as a law clerk to the trial judges of the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. Upon moving back to Chattanooga in 1970, he joined the law firm of Stophel, Caldwell and Heggie. He later joined the law firm of Witt, Gaither, and Whitaker in 1978 and practiced primarily in the areas of estate planning and employee benefits before retiring in 2012. Active in professional organizations, he served as President of the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (where he was Chapter President), and as a Director of the Chattanooga Tax Practioners and the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga. Mr. Schwartz was a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which has approximately 2,000 members nationwide. In addition, he was a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association, an Honor bestowed on no more than 30 Tennessee Attorneys each year. As a member of the Southern Employee Benefits Conference, he was selected to be one of approximately 80 practioners in the Southeast to meet annually with the Internal Revenue Service on pension matters. Mr. Schwartz served as Associate Counsel for Interstate Life & Accident Company where he earned the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Fellow, Life Management Institute. Involved in the Chattanooga community, Mr. Schwartz served as President of the Chattanooga Jaycees, Mizpah Congregation , Chattanooga Area Literacy Movement (Now READ of Chattanooga), and the Chattanooga Jaycee Foundation. He was also instrumental in establishing the Greater Brainerd Area Jaycees. He was very active in Mizpah Congregation, including as President, following his father Dr. Harold Schwartz and grandfather Harry Miller in the same role. In addition, he served as Campaign Treasurer for Chattanooga Mayor Gene Roberts during his three successful political campaigns. He was named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He was an avid stamp collector, loved to travel, and his grandchildren were the highlight of his life. Preceded in death by Dr. Harold A. Schwartz, father and Eleanor Miller Schwartz, mother and Patti Ann Schwartz, sister. Survived by wife, Elwynn Harrison Schwartz; son, Harold A. (Skip) Schwartz III (Holly); daughters, Karen Johnson (Art), Susan Crispell (Mark); sister, Ellen Schwartz Yellin (Marc); grandchildren, Caroline Riede, Skylar Schwartz, Blayden Schwartz, and Nicholas Johnson; nephews, Jeffrey Yellin, Brian Yellin (Megan); mother-in-law, Bettye Harrison. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11 AM at Mizpah Congregation with Rabbi Tepper officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Mizpah Congregation , 923 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403. Memorial contributions may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5018 or to the Miller Schwartz Fund at Mizpah Congregation , 923 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403.
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Hal Schwartz Jr.
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April 15, 2014
On behalf of my classmates in the Yale Class of 1964, I extend condolences to Hal's family and friends. Hal had many friends in our class and will be missed. We mourn his passing and will remember him on our Class Website (www.yale64.org) and at a memorial service on campus during our 50th reunion in May 2014. Anthony M. Lavely, Class Secretary
Ed (Spike) Luria
April 1, 2014
I will miss my former law school roommate.
We've seen a lot of each other since and have kept up - we had times together in DC and Chattanooga, at ABA meetings, at Skip's wedding. He would phone me on my birthday, and I would phone him on his.
Hal deserved more time. My condolences to Elwynn, Skip, the grandchildren and everyone else who will miss him.
March 13, 2014
Ellen & Marc, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John Haspel (New Orleans)
March 11, 2014
Elwynn, Ellen, and the rest of Hal's Family: I am so sorry to hear of Hal's passing. I adored that man. Of course, my perspective is from that of the people who cared for Patti, his sister. Hal was such a wonderful brother and a great partner as we often brainstormed together the best solutions for Patti. Now, I will cherish those few times I went through Chattanooga and he was gracious enough to take me out to lunch and/or dinner. No matter what was going on, he insisted I join him for a good meal. I know I speak for everyone at Annandale who knew him (Board, staff, and Villagers), he made an indelible mark on our lives and he will be missed.
March 11, 2014
So sorry to learn of Hal's death. We served together on the Natl Board of FSP. He made many significant contributions to our organization and will be missed.
March 10, 2014
I was truly sorry to hear of the passing of Hal. I first met Hal in the Jaycees and had occasion to work with him throughout my involvement in the Jaycees including his participation with the Chattanooga Jaycees and his involvement with the Camp Discovery and the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
He was a gifted, brilliant and knowledgeable attorney and was able to use his talents for the betterment of his local and extended community. I also had occasion to work with Hal and seek his professional advice as a colleague over the years and he was always responsive and helpful. Hal will be missed.
March 10, 2014
Elwynn and Skip, I just had an email from a fellow Jaycee telling me about Hal's passing and I'm still in shock! He just retired last year!! I have had Hal in my life since 1975, when I started with the Jaycees, and he has always been bigger than life to me!!! His knowledge was always awesome, but his heart was the biggest part of him! He was always reaching out to others, and being involved in bettering lives. Hal made a difference in this world with his life and Skip, he is truly an example for you and your children to follow. I will always have a special place in my heart for Hal and will always love him. He was a bright light in my life!
March 10, 2014
Elwynn, Thinking of you and your family today. Praying for peace and comfort for you and family.
March 9, 2014
After speaking with Elwynn Monday, you can't believe my surprise and shock upon reading of Hal's passing in the Friday newspaper. Our sincere sympathy to Hal's immediate and extended families.
Sue and Mitchell Moore
March 8, 2014
Mr. Schwartz was not only my favorite client, he was my friend! He was an awesome man, so full of life and knowledge of so many things. His heart was bigger than life itself and his attitude, always positive regardless of the situation. He always made me feel like a part of the family and my heart is broken for their tremendous loss. I believe that when we lose someone we love so dearly that God is only needing another beautiful flower for his garden and He couldn't have chosen a more beautiful one than He chose with Mr. Schwartz. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all who were as fortunate as myself to have known such an awesome man. And though we will all meet again one day, you will be truly missed, my dear friend! Without the hope of this, the belief in this, we would all surely be lost.
March 8, 2014
Elwynn, I am in Florida with Mother. Jesse let me know about Hal, I am so sorry that I am not there to help in any way that I could. Please know that Mother, Nancy, and I are praying for you. You surely have had a rough year. We are so thankful that you have your Mother. I might get back in time to be at the funeral, but it is doubtful. I know you are hurting and already missing Hal so much. I hope we can get together real soon just to talk. You are a wonderful friend and it is a shame we haven't gotten together more. Most of it is me. My plate is still so full and I wouldn't change it one bit I am enjoying Mother as much as I can. I know there will be a time when I don't have her and then I can do some of the things I can't do right now. Elwynn, may God bless you and keep you in His loving care through the hard days ahead.. Please call me anytime you would like to talk. I am a talker, but I am also a good listener. My heart is full for you. I love you Elwynn. Your friend always, Janice R. White