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Alvin L. Arnold, a lawyer and writer who edited Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report for almost 50 years along with Real Estate Law Report and wrote books including Construction and Development Financing, Modern Real Estate Practice Forms and Commentary, Real Estate Investor’s Deskbook, Real Estate Leasing Practice Manual, Real Estate Professional’s Tax Guide and Real Estate Transactions: Structure and Analysis with Forms, died at his Manhattan home on Sept. 9th, 2016. He was 87. Alvin graduated in 1949 from Cornell University. 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. 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. 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.

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