The Hon. Mark E. Litowitz, a lifelong Trenton-area resident, died Jan. 9, 2020, a day before his 91st birthday.
Judge Litowitz’s legal career began at the law firm of Montis and Litowitz. In 1964, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Trenton office of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1967, he was appointed Judge of Worker’s Compensation, eventually becoming the Chief Judge of Compensation for the State of New Jersey, a position he held for over two decades. During his tenure, he presided over and decided thousands of cases involving New Jersey workers and employers. In 1990, then-Gov. James Florio appointed him director of New Jersey’s Department of Worker’s Compensation. In that capacity, he oversaw the State’s Worker’s Compensation system, one of the largest and most complex in the nation. Following retirement from public service in the mid-1990s, he returned to private practice, becoming of-counsel to the Princeton law firm Hill, Wallack.
He attended Trenton Central High School and Pennington Prep before enrolling in Rutgers University, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Army Counterintelligence Corps.
He received numerous honors and awards, including The Jack O’Brien Service Award recognizing his achievements during his career.
Active in the community, he served on the board of directors of Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and Greenwood House. In 1998, he and his wife received The State of Israel Independence Issue Award, recognizing their years of service and philanthropy.
Predeceased in 2005 by his wife, Selma (Urken), and a daughter-in-law, Karen Dubin, he is survived by his son, Robert (Mariah) of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Debra Frank of Yardley, Pa., and Carol (Andrew) Golden of Princeton; a sister, Natalie Fulton; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 12 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House, Ewing.