On Sept. 7, Leon Altschuler, 97, of Silver Spring. Born in Philadelphia on Jan. 22, 1918 to Rose and Samuel Altschuler, he moved to the Washington area in 1932. He was the husband of Betty Altschuler for 67 years and father of Irwin (Leslie) and Steven; grandchildren Aaron (Julie), David (Dora) and Lauren (Eric Ebenstein); great-grandchildren Abby, Jonah, Theodore, Nathan and Rose Altschuler and Zoe and Jordan Ebenstein. He was predeceased by his sister Mollie (Joseph Ginberg) and survived by his brother Morton (Rayna) and many nieces and nephews. Altschuler served in the United States Army during World War II with his five years of service mostly as a master sergeant. He was past president of Congregation Temple Israel and long-time chair of their Israel Bonds committee. Funeral services were held on Sept. 9 at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac with a burial that followed at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Adelphi. The family received guests at the residence of Irwin and Leslie Altschuler immediately following services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington or to the charity of your choice
James Austin Amdur
On Sept. 20, James Austin Amdur, 79, of San Francisco, died of Parkinson’s disease. His education included BBA (1957) and JD (1960) degrees from Case Western Reserve University and an LLM degree in taxation from Georgetown University in 1966. Amdur worked at Bancroft Avery and McAllister in San Francisco, Communications Satellite Corporation as general counsel in Washington and the Department of Justice, also in Washington. He was a member of the American Bar Association (serving on the State and Local Tax Committee of the Section of Taxation), the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Amdur is survived by his wife Patricia Gibbon Amdur; children Bonnie M. Amdur (daughter) of Seattle, Iris L.Amdur (daughter) of Chevy Chase; and grandchildren Aaron B. Amdur-Kass (grandson) of Chevy Chase and Rebecca S. Amdur-Kass (granddaughter) of Chevy Chase. Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
David M. Schwartz
On July 24, David M. Schwartz, 85, of Chevy Chase. A 1952 graduate of Dartmouth College and 1957 graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Schwartz worked in various departments of the federal government, including the Interstate Commerce Commission, Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation as director of the office of policy review. He also worked for a time at the Washington law firm of Sullivan and Worcester. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954, was a member of JINSA and ZOA and was also member and vice president of the Somerset Town Council from 1975 to 1979. In 1965, Schwartz was honored with the Federal Bar Association’s Young Federal Lawyer of the Year Award. He is survived by his wife Gail Diamond Schwartz; children Anne Schwartz of Charlottesville, Va., Susan Schwartz of Chevy Chase and Rachel Schwartz of Winchester, Va.; and grandchildren Simon, Naomi and Talia Wiener Joshua, Eliana, Benjamin, Noam, Rebecca Stanislawski and Leo Howerd.