Edward Heller Obituary

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Edward Max Heller

April 5, 1926 - February 12, 2013
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HELLER EDWARD MAX HELLER died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Ochsner Medical Center of Parkinson's Disease and complications from pneumonia. He was 86 years old. Mr. Heller, a graduate of Harvard and Tulane law schools, was an accomplished attorney, who was described as the "Dean of the Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar." During his career, he handled a number of high-profile cases, including the bankruptcy reorganization of the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. Mr. Heller, the son of Isaac Scherck Heller and Mildred Harris Heller, was born in New Orleans on April 5, 1926. A graduate of one of the first classes of Metairie...
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EDWARD MAX HELLER died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Ochsner Medical Center of
Parkinson's Disease and complications from pneumonia. He was 86 years old.
Mr. Heller, a graduate of Harvard and Tulane law schools, was an accomplished attorney, who
was described as the "Dean of the Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar." During his career, he handled a
number of high-profile cases, including the bankruptcy reorganization of the 1984 Louisiana
World Exposition.

Mr. Heller, the son of Isaac Scherck Heller and Mildred Harris Heller, was born in New Orleans
on April 5, 1926.

A graduate of one of the first classes of Metairie Park Country Day School, he later attended the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was a
member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity as well as Pi Lamda Phi and Pi Tau Pi.
After law school, Mr. Heller returned to New Orleans to practice with his father, Isaac, in the firm
Heller & Heller. He ended his more than six-decade practice of law in the firm Heller, Draper.
Mr. Heller served as chairman of the board of the Louisiana Health Service and Indemnity
Company (Blue Cross of Louisiana), President of the Jewish Welfare Federation of New
Orleans and the Harvard Law School Association of Louisiana. He also served on the board of
directors of the Metairie Park Country Day School, the Community Chest, Congregation Temple
Sinai and the United Way.

Throughout his life, Mr. Heller excelled as a craftsman, model-builder of boats and trains, and
sailor of small boats. His operational replica of an early 20th century Thames River steam tug
was featured on the cover of "Ships in Scale." His work with mosaic tiles, including a Byzantine-
style portrait of him and his wife, Sandra, attracted coverage in the Times-Picayune. And he
pursued his love of sailing small craft - Hobie Cats and Sunfish - to the end of his life.
Mr. Heller is survived by his wife, Sandra Peilen Heller; four daughters, Karen Ann Heller, wife
of Robert Becker, Sally Jane Heller, Mildred Edith Denegre, wife of George Denegre Jr., and
Barbara Josi Heller. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Isabelle Harris Meyers, Edward
George Denegre, Mathilde Alma Denegre and Tobias Santo Heller.
Mr. Heller's beloved brother, Theo Heller, preceded him in death.

Services will be held at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., on Friday, Feb. 15, at 12:00 Noon,
followed by a reception. Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn will officiate. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M.
until time of service at the synagogue. Private interment will be held at Hebrew Rest Cemetery No 3.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Metairie Park Country Day School, Temple
Sinai or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.

THARP-SONTHEIMER FUNERAL HOME of Metairie in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com. Information, please call (504) 835-2341

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