Alvin L Arnold
Time of Service:
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:30 am
Place of Service:
Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76 Street, New York, NY 10023
Cedar Park Cemetery, Emerson, New Jersey
Alvin L. Arnold, a lawyer and writer who edited Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report for almost 50 years and wrote books including The Arnold Encyclopedia of Real Estate, died at his Manhattan home on Sept. 9th. He was 87.
He was also the former executive editor of Real Estate Review and former editor of Real Estate Law Report.
Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report – MER, as it’s known -- was introduced in March 1968 by Boston-based Warren, Gorham & Lamont and is still published twice monthly, having continued through the 1980 purchase of WG&L by today's Thomson Reuters. On MER’s 40th anniversary, in 2008, Alvin’s editor at Thomson wrote, "Mr. Arnold, one of the nation's leading real estate experts, has kept readers on the cutting edge of every major real estate and mortgage trend and provided invaluable insight into those industries."
Most recently Alvin was managing consultant for real estate at BDO Seidman in New York.
Alvin Lincoln Arnold was born on Feb. 12, 1929 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- in Brooklyn, the first of two sons of Irving Arnold and the former Mary Spielholz. His father was co-owner and co-proprietor of the Arnold family business, Muriel Silk Undergarment Co. of 91 Orchard Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Alvin graduated in 1945 from Midwood High School and in 1949 from Cornell University, where he finished 11th in a class of 570, became a top debater and was named outstanding senior in history and government. During the summer of 1950 he studied liberal arts at Oxford University on an award from the Institute of International Education. In 1952 he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and passed the New York bar.
From 1953 to 1955 he was a judge advocate (first lieutenant) with the U.S. Air Force, involved in trials before courts-martial and in legal writing as an appellate review officer. He spent three months in training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama before being assigned to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Alvin entered private corporate and commercial law practice in Manhattan in 1955. From 1962 to 1965 he turned to legal writing, working in Greenvale, Long Island under William Casey, who, years before heading the CIA, published business and legal newsletters.
He returned to practicing law for three years, at Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank – today’s Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson – before committing himself, for good, to writing and editing with the New York office of WG&L, rising to vice president of real estate publications. The first edition of The Arnold Encyclopedia of Real Estate was published in 1978.
Alvin was village justice of Saddle Rock, part of Great Neck on Long Island, from 1980 to 1992. He was formerly an adjunct professor of real estate at New York University and vice president of Nassau Lyric Opera Company.
His passions included the Metropolitan Opera and “Masterpiece Theatre,” Cezanne and Hopper, books about British monarchs, seven-layer cake, and walking the streets of Manhattan, marveling that there was always something new to see.
Alvin married the former Nancy Oshrin in 1960. They had two children, Melissa and Laurence. After the death of his first wife, he married the former Phyllis Barlia Tracht in 1990.
Funeral services will be Sunday, 9:30 a.m., at "The Riverside," 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave.