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Joseph H. Epstein Jr.

March 8, 1931 ~ January 1, 2018 (age 86)

Joseph Hugo Epstein, Jr, 86, died at home on January 1, 2018, following a long illness. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Joe never met a stranger. He was well-known in advertising and commercial real estate circles.

The son of the late Joseph H. Epstein and Muriel Wilson Epstein, Joe was happily married to Margaret Blum Epstein for sixty-four years. He is also survived by his three children: Katherine Seligman (Charles), Nancy Oswald (Mark) and Joseph Hugh “Jep” Epstein III (Tiffany Adler), and four grandchildren: Elizabeth Oswald, Wilson Oswald (Katheryn), Hugh Seligman and William Seligman.

Joe graduated from Isidore Newman School and the University of Michigan with honors in journalism. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. PCE 904, as the Commanding Officer at the time of decommissioning.

After his military service, Joe returned to New Orleans and joined his father at Fitzgerald Advertising Agency. From Fitzgerald, he continued his advertising career with Walker Saussy Advertising, William B. Reily and Bauerlein. Subsequently Joe enjoyed a second career in commercial real estate as a broker with Latter & Blum.

Joe taught evening classes in advertising and marketing at Loyola University and Tulane University.

An active member of the community, Joe served on many boards including the Advertising Club of New Orleans, Anti-Defamation League, Boy Scouts of America, Cottage School, Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, Interracial Council for Business Opportunites, Jewish Children’s Home Service, Junior Achievement, Mayor’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Committee of Housing Improvement, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans Cultural Attractions Fund, New Orleans Development Services, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Advisory Service, Rotary Club of New Orleans, Temple Sinai, Touro Infirmary and United Way for Greater New Orleans.

A fount of information and misinformation, Joe was the author of the Blake Pontchartrain column for Gambit Weekly.

A service will take place at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 11.00a.m.and will be followed by a family burial at Metairie Cemetery. Friends may visit from 10.00am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Isidore Newman School, the Greater New Orleans Foundation or the charity of your choice. Please celebrate Joe’s life and the happy times you shared. Condolences may be expressed online at

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Metairie Cem.
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

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