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Simon Hirsch Rifkind, Russian, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1926, Illinois 1957. Recipient Medal of Freedom, 1946.


Rifkind, Simon Hirsch was born on June 5, 1901 in Meretz, Russia. Son of Jacob and Celia (Bluestone) Rifkind. came to the United States, 1910, naturalized, 1924.


Bachelor of Science, City College of New York, 1922. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia University, 1925. Doctor of Letters, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950.

Doctor of Laws, Hofstra College, 1962. Doctor of Laws, Brandeis University, 1977. Doctor of Laws, City College of New York, 1978.

Juris Doctor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1980.


Legislative secretary to the United States senator Robert F. Wagner, 1927-1933. Partner firm Wagner, Quillinan and Rifkind, New York City, 1930-1941. Federal judge Southern New York District, 1941-1950.

3d deputy police commissioner City of New York, 1951. Member firm Stevenson, Rifkind & Wirtz, Chicago, 1957-1961. Partner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, from 1950.

Adviser to Gen Eisenhower on Jewish matters in American occupation zone, 1945. Herman Phleger visiting professor law Stanford, 1975. Special master Colorado River litigation Supreme Court of the United States Court.

Chairman Presidential R.R. Commission, 1961-1962. Member State Commission Governmental Operations City New York, 1959-1961. Co-chairman President's Commission on Patent System, 1966-1967.

Member mayors mediation panel New York City teachers strike, 1963.


  • Bar: New York 1926, Illinois 1957.


Member Board Higher Education City New York, 1954-1966. Chairman administrative board American Jewish Committee, 1953-1956, chairman of the executive board, 1956-1959. Former Chairman of the Board, now honorary chairman of the executive committee Jewish Theological Seminary.

Board directors Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City, 1975-1986, now emeritus. Chairman of the Board Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc., 1975-1987, board directors, 1987-1990. President of the board directors Tudor Foundation, Inc., 1945-1990.

Board directors, president Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, Inc., 1975-1987, board directors, 1987-1990. Member Association of Bar of City of New York, American College Trial Lawyers (regent 1967-1971, president 1976-1977), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Adele Singer, June 12, 1927 (deceased April 1984). Children: Richard Allen, Robert Singer.

Jacob Rifkind

Celia (Bluestone) Rifkind

Adele Singer

Richard Allen Rifkind

Robert Singer Rifkind