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Melvin Jay Schwartz

November 16, 1926 — March 11, 2024


Melvin J. Schwartz (Mel), age 97, passed away March 11, 2024 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born November 16, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA.

He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Bram.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Paula Schwartz; children: Arthur Schwartz, Joshua Schwartz, Frederic Schwartz, Adam Bram, and Alix Amar; seven grandchildren: Zachary, Nathaniel, Naomi, Reed, Kayla, Sara, and George; sister, Suzanne Schmerling Friedman.

Melvin a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, June 1944. He served 2 ½ years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged at Ft. Meade, MD.

He attended Penn State University, graduated June 1949 with a degree in Commerce and Finance. He succeeded his father, Samuel Schwartz at Philadelphia Commercial Card and Paper Co. and sold this business in 1982.

He was Chairman of Paper Division; Chairman of Allied Jewish Appeal and made 5 trips to Israel with them. Member and First Vice President of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA, and served on many committees and Board of Directors. He was past master of Masonic Columbia Lodge #91, Philadelphia, PA.

In 1991 he moved to Albuquerque, NM. He was very active in his community. He was a member of the Temple Lodge #6, Albuquerque, NM; served on board of Directors and the Men’s Board at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, NM; and was a board member from 1996 until his death for Hillel at the University of New Mexico (Hillel at UNM) and a patron, having purchased the building for Hillel at UNM in memory of his deceased son, Aaron David Bram. Melvin also volunteered with Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau; a past president at El Caballero Homeowners Association; and was also a member of Alexis De Tocqueville Society in Albuquerque, NM.

Melvin was a Regional Bridge Master, an avid skier, and a great tennis player.

He will be truly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends.

Those who wish to honor the boundless charitable legacy of Mel may make a contribution to Hillel at UNM at 

Graveside Service was held Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM, at Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mel’s honor can be made to Hillel at UNM or Congregation Albert. 

Daniels Family Funeral Services
3113 Carlisle Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87110


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