Class: 1959Inducted: 2010
Judge Ira Kreizman graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. in 1963 with a B.A. in psychology. He entered the United States Coast Guard Reserve. After completing his active duty, he graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1967, followed by a Judicial Clerkship for Monmouth County Judges Alton Evans and Raymond McGowan. He practiced law in Asbury park with the law firm of Thomas Shebell, former mayor of Asbury Park.
After several years, Judge Kreizman joined with another young lawyer, John Manna, to form the law firm of Manna and Kreizman. John Manna, now deceased, was married to Gail Musto, APHS Class of 1960. Their office was located on Main Street, and later on Memorial Drive in Asbury Park. They later merged with the firm of Donald Pappa, the Asbury Park Municipal Court Judge, and shortly thereafter moved to Ocean Township. Judge Kreizman became one of the attorneys for Ocean Township, and in 1979, became the Municipal Court Judge for Ocean Township, and in 1985, also the judge for Eatontown.
In 1991, after 24 years of private practice, Governor James Florio nominated him to become a New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He was assigned, at different times, to all divisions, but has served primarily in the criminal division, handling many of the high profile cases in Monmouth County.
Judge Kreizman has been very active in community service. He was the President of the Monmouth Boys and Girls Club. He is a Past President of the Monmouth Jewish Community Center, and Past President of the Ocean Township Little League. He continues to volunteer as a Little League umpire. He founded the Ocean Township Athletic Hall of Fame. For the past 20 years, he has been the "Voice of the Big Red", the stadium announcer for Ocean Township High School football. Prior to that, for about 10 years, along with the legendary Lou Gorra, he was the voice of Blue Bishops football. Judge Kreizman is most proud of his founding, together with fellow inductee and close friend for 50 plus years, Mayor Carl Williams, this APHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The creation of the Hall of Fame has been a "labor of love".
In 1967, Judge Kreizman married Joan Friedland, APHS Class of 1962. Their son, David, was born in 1974. He is an Emmy Award winning head writer of soap operas. David and his wife, Natasha, have 3 children, 4 - year old twins Dashiell and Fiona, and 11 month old son, Oliver.
Judge Kreizman is proud to be an APHS alumni and to join such a prestigious group of inductees, past and present, in this Hall of Fame. The quote that represents his philosophy is from Robert Kennedy who said, "Few of us will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of this generation".