Alan Stroock Dead at 77

Memorial services will be held for Alan Stroock, a long-time Jewish activist involved in philanthropic and literary work, who died last Friday at Lenox Hill Hospital here. He was 77 years old.

No date has been set for the memorial services, to be held at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) of America which awarded Stroock an honorary LL.D. degree in 1961. He was a former chairman of the Board and president of the corporation of the JTS.

He was a life trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Alliance Israelite Universelle. Stroock was a founder of Commentary magazine, published by the American Jewish Committee, of which he was a former vice president and a former chairman or the administrative committee.

In 1957, as vice president of the administrative committee, Stroock made public a report based on what the committee called “consistent first-hand testimony by many people who have recently reached the free world” that the Soviet Union was waging a “full-scale” campaign of discrimination against Soviet Jews.

Born in New York City, Stroock received his law degree from Yale in 1934. He later joined the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, of which his uncle helped found and which his father had earlier become a partner. Stroock became a partner in 1939 and remained a partner until becoming a counsel in 1984. He specialized in legal work involving wills, trusts, estates and estate planning.

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