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Justice Greenberg, South African Jewish Leader, Dead; Was 79

Justice Leopold Greenberg, one of the greatest South African jurists and a former justice of the Appellate Division of the South African Supreme Court, died here yesterday at the age of 79. A distinguished leader of the South African Jewish community, he was an honorary president of the Israel United Appeal.

Born in Calvinia, Cape Province, South Africa, Justice Greenberg was the youngest of the South African jurists when he was elevated to the bench in 1924 at the age of 59. He became Judge President of the Transvaal in 1938 and he was raised to the Appellate Division of the South African Supreme Court in 1943. He served as acting Chief Justice in 1953 and retired from the bench two years later.

An honorary president of the South African Friends of the Hebrew University, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by that university which also named its Leopold Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine in his honor.

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