Philip Lax, 91, of Boca Raton, Fla., and South Orange died April 17, 2012. He was a native of Newark and longtime resident of Maplewood.
A former real estate developer, Mr. Lax was also for many years an interior designer with Lax & Co.
He dedicated much of his life to causes significant to the Jewish community and Israel, as well as preserving Jewish history. He was president of the local South Mountain Lodge and District Three of B’nai B’rith and involved in the development of the first Hillel at Rutgers University. As chairman of the B’nai B’rith International Council, he played an important role in the United Nations. He further served as president of the Ellis Island Restoration Commission, having a significant impact on the restoration of Ellis Island as a national museum.
Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Mildred, in 2003, he is survived by his wife, Madeline; two daughters, Corinne Lax German and Barbara Lax Kranz; two stepsons, Alan and Mark Blondman; a brother, Oscar; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Services were held April 19 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.