Sidney H. Asch ’43 was an accomplished judge and scholar who spent more than a decade as an associate justice at the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. He passed away on September 1, 2011, in North Carolina, at the age of 92.
Born in New York City, Asch taught at New York Law School in the late 1940s and early 1950s and served as an elected member of the New York State Assembly from the 2nd District in Bronx County. He was appointed as a Bronx Municipal Court judge in 1961 and elected to a full term on the court later that year. In 1962, Asch was elected as a judge at the New York City Civil Court.
In 1985, three years after his appointment to the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, Asch authored a majority opinion that upheld Mayor Ed Koch’s authority to ban private agencies doing business with the city from discriminating against gay and lesbian workers.
Asch, who retired from the bench in 1995, authored several books, including Civil Rights and Responsibilities Under the Constitution and Police Authority and the Rights of the Individual.
Asch is survived by his daughters, Jane and Nancy, as well as his granddaughter, Emily.