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David Wendel, senior partner in Oakland’s Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean and a former Alameda County Bar Association president, died April 22. He was 83. Wendel, who specialized in real estate and business law, served as bar president in 1966 and as chairman of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors from 1984-87. He also served as the chamber’s legal counsel. Despite being ill, Wendel remained active in his firm until several months ago, even working from home, colleagues say. Wendel, Rosen Managing Partner Howard Lind described his former mentor as an intuitively brilliant attorney and strong leader who held firm beliefs about training new recruits. “One of his sayings was, if you didn’t bring people along, you’d be doing the same thing years later and you’d still be doing it by yourself,” Lind said. “He wanted others to succeed.” Wendel’s off-hour pursuits included travel, photography — his work hangs on the firm’s walls — and his 400-case wine cellar, Lind said. “He was a person that when he got involved with something he jumped in with both feet,” Lind said. “He totally enjoyed life.” Wendel graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1942 and entered the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. After World War II, he attended Harvard Law School and received his J.D. in 1948. He began his career in the civil division of the Alameda County district attorney’s office in 1949. Two years later, he joined Oakland’s Glickman, Glickman & Orr — now Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean — where he would practice real estate and business law for the next 50 years. Wendel resigned as managing partner in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Judith, his children, Deborah Wendel of Livermore, Sandra Wendel of Nevada, Stephen Wendel of Piedmont, JoAnn Scroggins of Oakland and seven grandchildren. At Wendel’s request, therewill be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sutter VNA Hospice or a favorite charity.

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