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Chicago Tribune (IL) - September 29, 1989
Deceased Name: FREDERICK HERTZ, 69, EX-BANKRUPTCY JUDGE
Judge Frederick J. Hertz, 69, a polio victim who could not use his arms and legs since contracting the illness in 1952, served nevertheless for 13 years as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge as well as a lawyer before and after his term on the bench
Services for Judge Hertz, a resident of the Loop area, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Chicago Sinai Congregation, 5350 South Shore Dr. He died Wednesdayin Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a long illness attributed to complications from polio.
''He was a remarkable man,'' said William Brandt, a friend. ''He was always cheerful and always had a smile on his face. He did a commendable job as a bankruptcy judge. He was a very, very sharp man.''
Judge Hertz was confined to a wheelchair. He could not stand or lift a book. He had special attachments on his hands that allowed him to feed himself.
To function in court, he needed assistants to help him study documents and handle matters in the courtroom. He utilized a series of law school students and graduates who now represent an illustrious list of Chicago lawyers, many partners in prestigious firms.
Judge Hertz, a native of St. Paul, Minn., graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1941. In World War II, he served in the Army in the Judge Advocate's office. He had a law practice on LaSalle Street and contracted polio in the epidemic of 1952, shortly before the Salk Vaccine was developed.
He spent one year in an iron lung in Warm Springs, Ga., and then returned to his practice confined to a wheelchair. He was appointed a bankruptcy judge in 1975 and retired from the bench in 1988. At the time of his death, he worked at the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr.
Judge Hertz served on the bankruptcy committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He was honored by the bar association in 1988.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; a son, John; four stepsons Henry Kahn, James Kahn, Charles Kahn Jr. and William Kahn; five grandchildren; and a brother
Chicago Tribune (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - September 29, 1989
Deceased Name: Frederick H. Hertz
Frederick J. Hertz, 69, a former U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge, died Wednesday in Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Hertz graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1941 and served in the judge advocate general's division of the Army during World War II.
He was stricken with polio in 1952 while practicing law in Chicago. After a year in an iron lung at Warm Springs, Ga., he returned to practice although confined to a wheelchair.
Appointed to the Bankruptcy Court in 1975, he served until last year.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hartmann; five sons, John, Henry, James, Charles and William, and a brother, Rabbi Richard C. Hertz of Detroit.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 5350 S. South Shore Dr. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Chicago Sun-Times (IL)