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Herbert F. Kolsby

Herbert F. Kolsby
Status: Deceased


KOLSBY HERBERT F. July 10, 1926 - May 1, 2021 Preeminent trial lawyer, law professor, tireless advocate and fundraiser for the State of Israel, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 94. He was a loving husband for 72 years of the late Hermine Wilson Kolsby, his childhood sweetheart; he was also a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A founding partner of Philadelphia law firm, Kolsby Gordon, he was for five decades a fierce advocate for the common man and woman, by holding entities like drug companies and auto manufacturers accountable for their egregious errors. He is among the first attorneys responsible for bringing to light the dangers of Diethylstilbestrol (DES) and the Dalkon Shield. A graduate of Temple Law School in 1951, forty years later he helped create their nationally-ranked Masters Program in Trial Advocacy, and he is honored by a Distinguished Lectureship there in his name. In 1993, he was the recipient of the prestigious Michael A. Musmanno Awardgiven annually to "the person best exemplifying the same high integrity, courage, and concern for human rights as exhibited by the late Justice." He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he is listed in all recent editions of the Best Lawyers in America. He was General Chairman of the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal and president of Temple Adath Israel in Merion. Anyone who heard him speak publicly felt his powerful presence. Philadelphia Magazine called him "the best orator in the city." He was also an incredibly charming and funny man with a repertory of several thousand jokes. He was always a delightful conversationalist. He never lost his power to articulate, and was as sharp just before his death as he had been in his prime. He is survived by his brother, Charles Kolsby (Beryl); his children, Dana Edenbaum (Saul), Robert Kolsby (Kathy) and Paul Kolsby (Sam); his grandchildren, Hal (Martina), Ted, Alice, Charlie and Wilson; and his great-grandsons, Jesse and Leo. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral Services will be live-streamed, Tuesday May 4 at 2:30 P.M. at www.tbeboca.org/live
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