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Donald Herschel Rivkin

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Muscatine, IA, USA
Death: April 2001 (73-81)
New York, NY, USA (complications from lung cancer)
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Wolf Rivkin and Florence R Rivkin
Husband of Lois Berwick Rivkin
Father of <private> Rivkin; <private> Rivkin; <private> Rivkin; <private> Rivkin; <private> Rivkin and 1 other
Brother of Ambassador William R Rivkin and <private> Pollack (Rivkin)

Occupation: lawyer
Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Donald Herschel Rivkin

He was born on May 24, 1924, the son of a dry cleaner and Russian-born citizen of Davenport, Samuel W. Rivkin, and his wife Florence (Fryer) Rivkin. After high school in Davenport, Rivkin attended the State University of Iowa for one ...

In 1947 the Iowa committee was again permitted to nominate three of its twenty-six candidates to run the gauntlet of the district committee, and Donald Herschel Rivkin turned out to be one of the six winners.

He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in Merton College from 1948 - 1950.


"Donald Rivkin, International Lawyer, 77

"Donald H. Rivkin, a lawyer with an international practice who helped build stronger ties between legal communities here and in Europe, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 77. The cause was complications from lung cancer, his family said. Mr. Rivkin represented foreign companies in corporate transactions and litigation and ran the Manhattan office of the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Mr. Rivkin helped forge an agreement between the Paris bar and the New York bar that made it easier for American and French lawyers to practice in each other's jurisdictions, and he promoted similar ties with British lawyers. He also set up a City Bar Association committee on Eastern Europe and, after the fall of communism, organized a colloquium at a Czech university on the role of lawyers in a free society. Mr. Rivkin worked on arms control issues at the Council on Foreign Relations and wrote a book, Achieving Effective Arms Control.

SOURCE: New York Times, April 4, 2001

Paid Notices in the NYT:

"RIVKIN-Donald H., 77, on July 29. Loving father of David, Judith and Daniel, and their spouses, Marilyn, George Davison and Jennifer Conlin; beloved grandfather of Jessica, Katie, Sam, Alice, Harriet, Florence and Charles; brother of Mary Jane Pollack; and devoted husband of the late Lois Borwick Herman. A remarkable gentleman who led by example in pursuing high civic, artistic and personal ideals. We will honor him always. Memorial service on Monday, August 6, at 11:30 AM, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd St. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Congregation Rodeph Sholom or the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, NY."

"RIVKIN-Donald H., CBE. The Board of Directors, members and staff of The English-Speaking Union of the United States are profoundly saddened by the death of our Deputy Chairman. His dedication and contributions to the work of our organization will be long and gratefully remembered. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. William R. Miller, OBE, Chairman Doe Thornburg, OBE, President Alice M. Boyne, Exec. Director"

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Muscatine, IA, USA
April 2001
Age 77
New York, NY, USA