Donald T. Rosenfeld, 69, senior partner and co-founder of the Beverly Hills law firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, has died, more than two weeks after being hospitalized by a stroke.
A family friend, Peter Altschuler, said Rosenfeld died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been taken after he suffered the stroke Sept. 1.
Rosenfeld, whose career in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II earned him the Croix de Guerre and the rank of lieutenant colonel, was an Iowa farm boy when he went to the University of Iowa. He went on to Yale University Law School, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa distinction in 1941, after serving on the board of editors of the Yale Law Journal.
Lectured on Taxation
Admitted to the California Bar in 1947, he lectured widely on taxation and corporate law. His firm's clients include MCA and Lou Wasserman, and Rosenfeld's firm also represented Jack Benny, director Hal B. Wallis, Jules Stein, the founder of MCA, and the Sinclair Paints Co.
He is survived by four daughters, Judith, Joan and Dana Rosenfeld of Los Angeles, and Marie Hole of Oxnard, and his brother, Dr. Robert Rosenfeld, team physician to the Los Angeles Raiders. His wife, Rita, died in 1981.
Funeral services will be private, and in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Beverly Hills.