HAROLD LEE TALISMAN of Washington DC, passed away on Sunday March 27, 2022. Born in Akron Ohio in 1928, Harold was married twice, first for 23 years to his beloved wife Lita (deceased) and second to his beloved wife Marianne Freeman (deceased) for 29 years; loving father and father-in-law to Charles Eric “Rick” Talisman and his wife Lee, and Jonathan Talisman and his wife Alisa; beloved grandfather to Rebecca, Nick, Sam, Max, Lita and Ben Talisman; beloved stepfather to Anita Hopkins, Stan Freeman and Roger Freeman and “auxillary grandfather” to their children and grandchildren; and survived by his dear sister Judy Laden of Haifa, Israel. He leaves behind the legacy of a loving, close-knit extended family.
Harold was a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a BSBA in 1950 and a JD in 1953. He was a member of the Board of Editors of the Ohio State Law Review and Order of the Coif. Harold served as an officer in the US Navy from 1954-56. He joined the Law Offices of Harry S. Littman in 1957, which eventually became Wright & Talisman, a leading energy law firm in Washington DC, where he represented clients for over 40 years and served as President. His practice focused on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its predecessor the Federal Power Commission. A skilled practitioner of all aspects of administrative law, Harold argued before the United States Supreme Court and in dozens of cases before the United States Courts of Appeals, in addition to leading the trials of numerous FERC proceedings.
In his retirement years, Harold traveled extensively worldwide with Marianne, was an avid gardener and reader, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He served as President and on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Court Housing Development Corporation, a subsidized housing facility for low-income elderly and disabled persons; represented the District of Columbia government on a pro bono basis in several matters; tutored students at St. Francis Middle School; and enjoyed adult education classes, focusing on history and international issues He also was tireless in keeping tabs on his many cousins, nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends, in addition to his immediate family.
Harold’s parents both immigrated to the United States from Ukraine, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be sent to World Central Kitchen in support of their assistance with the Ukrainian refugee crisis, or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A gravesite funeral service will be held at the Rose Hill Burial Park, 3653 West Market St, Akron, Ohio on Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. A separate memorial service will occur in the near future.
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