|Edward S. Resnick, 77, advocate for the disabled
BY KATHLEEN FORDYCE
Edward S. Resnick, a lawyer and founder of Access Now, an organization dedicated to fighting the rights of the disabled, died Thursday at his Miami Beach home. He was 77.
''Whatever the disabled couldn't do, Eddie made sure they could do, just like everyone else,'' said Marilynn Bloom, a friend of Resnick's for almost 50 years.
Resnick was born Feb. 23, 1926, in New Haven, Conn. His family moved to Miami Beach when he was 10 and Resnick graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School. He served in the Navy during World War II before going back to school at the University of Florida.
After his graduation in 1950, Resnick became a member of the U.S. and Florida bar associations and worked at the firm of Broad and Cassel before joining Courshon & Courshon.
In 1950, he married Phyllis Flatow and the couple had a daughter.
Two years later, at the age of 28, Resnick contracted polio and became a quadriplegic.
Despite using a wheelchair, Resnick didn't let anything keep him from working. He opened his own office as a sole practitioner.
''He didn't let his polio bother him,'' Bloom said. ``He was that kind of dedicated, strong-minded man. Very positive and very smart.''
Resnick became known as the father of condominium law in the southeast. He also specialized in real estate and banking law.
He became a senior partner of the firm of Abrams, Anton, Robbins, Resnick, and Schneider of Hollywood in 1964, where he stayed until his retirement in 1982.
After he retired, Resnick was a member of numerous committees including the Committee on Disability Issues for Miami-Dade County and chairman of the South Pointe Advisory Board and the Barrier Free Environment Committee for the City of Miami Beach.
He was also the vice president and president of the board of directors of the South Pointe Towers Condominium Association for nine years.
In 1998, Resnick and his wife founded Access Now, which fought to make all public buildings accessible to the disabled. It is now a national organization.
''He was a great, kind, honest, strong, extraordinary man,'' said Phyllis Resnick.
In addition to his wife, Resnick is survived by his daughter Patricia.
Services will be today in New York, and a service will be in Miami at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Access Now, 400 S. Pointe Drive, #1004, Miami Beach, Fl 33139.