Lowell E. Rothschild, a Tucson lawyer for more than six decades and father of the city’s mayor, died Friday. He was 90 years old.
Rothschild was one of three founders of law firm Mesch, Marquez and Rothschild in 1957, and was involved with the firm until his death.
“My father was a trusted adviser and confidant to many,” Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said. “He was guided by his core values of honesty, friendship, and service to his community.”
Rothschild, a Chicago native, moved to Tucson in 1942 and received a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1952 through the GI Bill after he served in the Navy, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.
He married his wife, Anne Silverman Rothschild, who died in 2016, in 1954.
Throughout his career, he was one of the city’s well-known bankruptcy attorneys.
“Bankruptcy gave him his reputation, but he was a leader nationally in the field of law office management,” wrote Mark Rubin, a longtime friend and colleague of Rothschild.
Rothschild worked high-profile cases in his 65-year career. He helped the city of South Tucson continue operating while its debts were being consolidated to construct a payment plan for a court case.
He prevented a special tax from being levied on South Tucson citizens by filing a petition for reorganization in federal bankruptcy court, according Daily Star archives. A settlement was reached in 1984.
In 1986, Rothschild and partner Michael McGrath helped keep the El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center open to continue taking care for its mostly poor minority patients. They filed bankruptcy reorganization for the health center.
For more than 20 years, Rothschild was listed in Best Lawyers of America, according to the firm.
Rothschild spread his knowledge of the law that he learned over 60 years.
He gave lectures to law students at the UA and presentations to the American Bar Associations in Arizona, California and Washington about bankruptcy and business reorganization.
Today, Mesch, Clark and Rothschild employs more than 30 employees, including his grandsons Isaac and Nathan Rothschild.
“He taught me that no matter how big you are, everybody deserves the same treatment,” Jonathan Rothschild said.
He was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the UA for his “contributions to the legal profession, his support for public causes and law reform, and commitment to the pursuit of justice.”
Rothschild served on a range of boards, including the UA Foundation and the Pima County Legal Aid Society. He served as president of the Tucson Airport Authority and Temple Emanu-El.
In 2009, the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame elected him as a member for his meritorious service since 1958, another proud accomplishment of Rothschild’s.
”My life is full,” Rothschild told the Arizona Daily Star in April.
Rothschild is survived by his children, Jonathan Rothschild and his daughter Jennifer Rothschild. His grandchildren Isaac, Nathan, and Molly Rose Rothschild and Alex Izbiky; his great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Jan. 3 at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road, at 3 p.m.