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Obituary for Murray R. Stein

Murray R. Stein passed away in his home in Potomac, Maryland with his wife by his side in the early morning of April 12, 2023, at the age of 91. He earned a juris doctorate degree and several awards in International Law as Extradition Attorney of distinction for forty years in the United States Justice Department. As the attorney of record in the extradition of Nazi war criminals, he returned Klaus Barbie, Artukovic, Hermine Braunsteiner, Ivan Demjanjuk among others working with Simon Weisenthal and the Klarsfelds, Serge and Beate. Murray argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. His colleagues called him Mr. Extradition. He was a multitasker who valued promptness. The law and courtroom were his passions. Reading voraciously was his hobby.

Murray graduated from George Washington University Law School simultaneously teaching advanced courses in mathematics. He then served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was an engaged member of the Consular Corps. Murray and his wife were active members for over fifty years at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He delighted in studying Judaism, Comparative Religion, History, music, and sports. The couple were lifelong learners for decades at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to his beloved wife Barbara Baylus Stein, Ph.D., Murray is survived by 4 daughters and their spouses: Elisa Stein Lata, M.D. and Adrian L. Lata, M.D.; Julie Stein Bender Maeir, J.D. (David); Cheryl Stein Cloh (Steven, J.D.); and Rona Stein Israelson (Scott, M.B.A.); 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Ayares Sopka, resides in Florida. The son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Broker Stein, Murray was also preceded in death by his brother, Harold Stein.

After a long brave struggle with multiple illnesses, Murray’s courage and determination failed. He closed his eyes for the last time at daybreak.

Burial will take place in the family plot at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, near Pikesville, MD, under supervision of Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home.