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Jerome Holub - 1999 Professionalism Award

Jerry was born in Akron, Ohio in 1922 to Ben and Rebecca Holub. He graduated from Buchtel High School in 1940 and went on to Ohio State University to study Journalism and prepare for a career as a sports writer. The pursuit of that dream was cut short with the onset of World War II and a stint in the Army as a field artillery recorder.

After the war ended, Jerry returned home with a new career choice - law - that he would pursue after enrolling at the University of Michigan Law School in 1947. He attended classes there for two years before transferring to Ohio Northern University to complete his law degree. After graduation, Jerry began practicing law with his father where he remained for the next 15 years until the elder Holub passed away in 1966. Since 1962, Jerry has served as Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee.

On December 7, 1952, Jerry married the former Margery Schmitman. The couple had three children: Carol, Alan, and a daughter, Reba (named after Jerry’s mother), who was killed in a 1978 automobile accident at the age of 24. The death was reminiscent of his mother’s death by the same means in 1950.

Jerry has been a member of the Akron Bar Association since 1951 and during that time has served two terms as a Trustee. He has been a charter member of the Judicial Commission and a regular contributor to the Examiner magazine. Jerry was the first person to be honored by the Akron Bar Association with the Senior Lawyer Honorary Award, in recognition of outstanding service to the legal profession in the community.

He also was awarded the Professionalism Award in 1999 which is given to an individual who displays exemplary dedication to the standards of the legal profession and demonstration of integrity and humanitarian activities in the community.

Jerry has also been involved in numerous community organizations and activities including the Inventors Hall of Fame and the City of Akron Holocaust Commemoration Committee. He has shown long-standing involvement in area sports organizations receiving various awards, including the William Schlemmer Award for Meritorious Service from the Dapper Dan Club and the Andy Palich Outstanding Athletic Service Memorial Award from the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. Jerry co-founded the Akron Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. He has given countless hours in support of local athletics in the Summit County area.

Jerome L. Holub is well regarded both within the legal profession and the community in general for his honesty, integrity, and sincere concern for others.