Mark I. Siman | N.J. state prosecutor, 63

Mark I. Siman, 63, of Mount Laurel, who retired in 2001 as a New Jersey deputy attorney general, died of complications from a broken hip Saturday, March 17, at Virtua Marlton, the regional medical center.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Siman graduated from Haddon Township High School in 1967, earned a bachelor's in political science at Temple University in 1971 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1974.

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Mark I. Siman

He began work with the office of the New Jersey attorney general shortly after being admitted to the bar.

His brother-in-law, Michael Himowitz, said in a phone interview Monday that in his legal work Mr. Siman was most proud of "his work defending women's reproductive rights" and of his pro bono work for the National Women's Law Center.

In biographical notes, Himowitz wrote that "among other assignments, he drafted the legislation governing the often-contentious conversion of nonprofit hospitals to profit-making status."

And, Himowitz wrote, Mr. Siman also "defended New Jersey's ban on self-service gas stations, which first took effect the year he was born."

After retiring, he was the legal counsel to the Democratic Party in Mount Laurel.

Mr. Siman is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughter Rachel Licata; and a brother.

A funeral was set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Platt Memorial Chapel, 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill, with burial in Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken.