Long-serving Bell Gully partner Herman Strauss died on 26 May 2001 aged 94.
Born in Germany, Dr Strauss originally graduated Doctor of Jurisprudence at Wuerzburg and qualfied in Germany in 1932. In 1951 he was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn and admitted in Kenya in 1953.
Having emigrated to New Zealand, Dr Strauss qualified for admission once again in 1964. In Wellington, he first worked in the Land Transfer Office and then the Companies Office.
In 1963 he was invited to join Bell Gully & Co and became a partner in 1966, retiring when he was 85. He is described by those who worked with him as a truly exceptional man.
This obituary was first published in LawTalk 563, 18 June 2001, page 5.