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Harvey L. Koizim, 86

Harvey L. Koizim of New Haven, formerly of Westport where he was a well known attorney and municipal judge, died May 31 at home. He was 86.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of Moses and Beatrice (Bernstein) Koizim. He graduated from Colby College and the Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

He practiced law in the Westport area, served as a municipal judge, and founded County Federal Savings & Loan Association. Following his retirement as CEO of County Federal, he devoted himself to numerous New Haven community nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiaries of his guidance include Artspace New Haven, CitySeed, Edgerton Park Conservancy, HOME, Inc., the Long Wharf and Shubert Theaters, New Haven Farms, and the Historic Wooster Square Association.

He was a tutor in clinical studies at the Yale Law School, and a visiting lecturer in banking and finance at Yale College.

As a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party, he played an important role in many local and national political campaigns and felt honored to be on the “Nixon Enemies List.”

More than anything, however, he was proud of his family; his wife Ruth; his children, John Koizim (Martha Castillo), Candy Goldstein (Bob Goldstein) and Benjamin Koizim; and his grandsons, Matthew and Joseph Koizim, all of whom survive.

Funeral services at will be held Tuesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at Congregation. Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, with interment services to follow at the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to CitySeed (, or to New Haven Farms ( or to another worthy organization.

A period of mourning will be observed at the Koizim residence on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 5 at 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven.

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