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Hyman Edelman 

1905-1993

 

In the early 1970s, trial lawyer Hyman Edelman led the charge to desegregate Minneapolis public schools, and fought the school district when it tried to appeal the decision in 1978. Concerned about religious discrimination against Jewish doctors in city hospitals, Edelman co-founded Mount Sinai Hospital in 1948 and served on the hospital's board of governors until it merged with Metropolitan Medical Center in 1990. Edelman was born in St. Paul and earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota. In the 1940s, Edelman served on Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey's first human rights commission, which drafted the first city ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, creed or color. He was presented with the city's distinguished service award for his work, and was reappointed to the commission in 1968 and 1972. After leaving Leonard, Street and Deinard in 1946, Edelman founded Kaplan, Edelman & Kaplan, which later became Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand. Edelman practiced law for 60 years and retired in 1991.

 

 

 

Hyman Edelman (his wife Miriam Lieberman was born in Duluth)

 

 

 

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