(1928 - 1985)
Melvin Block, former president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, died of a heart attack at 57 years of age. Mr. Block, who graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1950, worked as a lawyer for 35 years. He was named president of the 6,000-member trial lawyers group in 1972 and served in that post for two years. He wrote several books on litigation, including ''The Art of Summation'' and ''Medical Malpractice.'' In 1966, he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the Advisory Committee on Products Liability.