Phillip A. Hurwitz
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A graveside service for Phillip A. Hurwitz, 90, of Houston, formerly of Tyler, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery with Rabbi Neal Katz officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Hurwitz passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in the presence of his two surviving sons, Gary and Craig Hurwitz.

Phil, as he was known to his friends and to the community, was born July 14, 1919, in Fort Worth to Ida and Morris Hurwitz, the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. He attended Texas Christian University followed by The University of Texas School of Law. Following one year of law school, Phil left to join the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater of war in World War II. He went on to receive numerous military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star. He retired from the Air Corps a lieutenant colonel following five years of service.

In 1955, Phil married Jeanne Sugar, and the couple settled in Tyler where Phil opened Hurwitz Man's Shop clothing store, for which he is probably best remembered. Phil Hurwitz became a remarkably successful businessman, and in 1984 was honored as the first recipient of the Men's Wear Retailer of the Year award, a prestigious retail award. Phil was also a co-founder of Foot Action, USA.

Phil's commitment to his community was enviable. In addition to an endowed Presidential Scholarship that he established for The University of Texas at Tyler, Hurwitz also helped establish the Tyler Junior College E.S. Guggenheim Endowed Nursing Scholarship and enjoyed donating to his favorite causes, including M.D. Anderson Hospital, the Maine Children's Cancer Program and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, among others.

In addition to his numerous state and regional awards, Phil was honored locally for his unselfish and dedicated service as president of the Broadway Square Merchant's Association (1977-1979), as chairman of The Salvation Army advisory board, as a member of The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council, and as president of the Sales and Marketing Executives in Tyler (1971-1973). Perhaps his proudest accomplishment was his years of faithful service and generosity to Congregation Beth El Temple in Tyler.

Phil is survived by his sons, Gary Hurwitz and wife Lisia of Houston, and Craig Hurwitz of Dallas; brother, Sidney Hurwitz and wife Bertha of Austin; and the three grandchildren he adored and loved, Madison, Cassidy and Hutch Hurwitz.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2009.
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December 20, 2009
Craig and Gary,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your parents were special people and enriched everyone's life that they knew.
Lisa O'Neal Loughmiller
December 20, 2009
Dear Gary and Craig, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a dear friend to my parents. He always included my father after my mom had passed away and it was a great friendship. This brings back memories of many good times I shared with you growing up and all things good in Tyler. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I feel like I lost a good and long time friend. Michael Urbach
Michael Urbach
December 20, 2009
Craig and Gary,
I'm thinking of you today and remembering your dad. I was very fond of him and remember working as a "gift wrap girl" for him at the store. He was a kind boss and a gentleman. My memories of high school days spent on Wilma Street are gems.
-Mary Lu
Mary Lu Keeble Breshears
December 19, 2009
Dear Hurwitz family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We had the pleasure of having many meals together with your parents at the Hampton when we were with my father, Harry Dellar. Between Phil, Jeanne, and Harry, there was always a good time had by all. Your dad always had a smile, a kind word, and a willingness to help whoever he could. We will miss him. Nancy and Rodolfo Pichardo
December 19, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Both of your parents were special friends to us growing up and in more recent years, a truly good friend to my mother.
Eileen Roosth Jalnos
December 19, 2009
To all of you in the Hurwitz family: Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved Phil. Our lives were richer for having known him all these many years, and we treasure the memories of happy times we shared with Phil and Jeanne.
Our love to you all, Sandy & Sandy Katz
Sandra A Katz
December 19, 2009
Craig and Gary,
I will not be able to attend Phil's funeral, but I wanted to express to you how sorry I am about your loss. Phil was a true gentleman, and he and your mom were two of the most gracious, fun people I have known. One of my fondest memories is the weekend in Winedale with the Hurwitz family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Lugene Tucker
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