Harvey J. Horowitz, Corporate Attorney

Feb. 2, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2018
Harvey J. Horowitz,  Feb. 2, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2018

Harvey J. Horowitz, a corporate lawyer and longtime resident of East Hampton, died at the New Jewish Home, a rehabilitation facility in New York City, on Dec. 22 of complications of lymphoma. He was 75 and had been ill for six months.

Mr. Horowitz and his wife, Eugenie Gavenchak, who is known as Genie, married in 1984. After years of visiting the South Fork, they bought their own house here in 1987. Mr. Horowitz became active at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, not only working out there but becoming its chairman. He was also a member and past president of the South Fork Country Club and an adviser to Share the Harvest Farm in East Hampton.

Harvey Joseph Horowitz was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 2, 1943, one of two sons of Ted Horowitz and the former Florence Goldschein. He grew up in Bayside, Queens, where the family moved soon after his birth. He graduated from Martin Van Buren High School there and went on to Queens College, the City University of New York, and New York University School of Law, where he earned his law degree.

He began working at the Manhattan firm of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer while still in law school, eventually becoming a managing partner. Between 1996 and 1998 he was general counsel at a public apparel company in the city, after which he joined Mintz & Gold, a firm founded by two former Squadron firm colleagues. He remained of counsel to the firm until his death.

Mr. Horowitz represented many public and private companies and advised many not-for-profit arts organizations over the years. They included the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, New York City Center, the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He also served on the boards of several of these organizations.

Ms. Gavenchak said that when he was here he liked taking the family dog in the off-season for walks at the beach. He also played golf and did yoga and Pilates.

In addition to Ms. Gavenchak, Mr. Horowitz’s brother, Barry Horowitz of Delray Beach, Fla., survives, as do three children, Sara Horowitz and Amy Horowitz of New York City and Todd Horowitz of Saratoga, N.Y. His first grandchild, Goldie Horowitz, was born the day after Thanksgiving and he was able to use Facetime to meet her before he died.

The family held a funeral at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Friday, with Rabbi Josh Franklin and Cantor-Rabbi Debra Stein officiating. He was buried at Shaarey Pardes Accabonac Grove cemetery in Springs.

The family has suggested memorial donations to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton 11937, and the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton 11937.