Harold Leonard Halpern “Hal” (Age 89)
Of Potomac, MD died peacefully at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD on January 2, 2022. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 22, 1932, the son of Clara Rifka nee Baroff and Henry Halpern. Harold graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 with a B.S. in Accounting. His summer volunteer trips at Quaker work camps in Europe and Mexico inspired him to study Law, and he received his LLB from Harvard Law School in 1957. After six months of Army training, Harold worked from 1960 – 2005 for the IRS, SEC and DOE as a Federal Attorney in Washington, DC, with a 5-year stint in Securities as the Senior Vice President of R.W. Pressprich in New York City, NY. He is survived by his first wife Susan “Sue” nee Levy and his son Aaron Jacob, and preceded in death by his sister Malgert Halpern Cohen and his second wife Harriet Lee nee Huebner. Harold held a lifelong passion for pottery and other artforms. Hal loved music, camping, motorcycle riding, racquetball, movies, and outrageous hats. He was the life of the party and a consummate joke teller. He considered humanity, ethics, justice and loyalty to be Sacred. He will be greatly missed as well as celebrated by his family and friends, nieces, nephews and cousins. A service was held at Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home on January 7, 2022. A memorial service will be held in the near future.
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 27, 2022.