Sidney M. Aronovitz
Born in 1920 in Key West, Florida, Aronovitz was the son of a local textile merchant and a third-generation Key West native. He graduated from Key West High School in 1937, valedictorian and president of his class. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1942 and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1943.
Aronovitz served in the U.S. Army as a Captain from 1943 to 1946, winning the Bronze Star. He was in private practice in Miami from 1946 to 1976, serving as a Miami city commissioner from 1962 to 1966 and as vice-mayor in 1965.
President Gerald Ford nominated Aronovitz to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on August 4, 1976, to the seat vacated by William O. Mehrtens. Confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 1976, he received commission four days later. Among the cases presided over by Aronovitz was the claim of treasure hunter Mel Fisher to the Spanish galleon, Atocha. Aronovitz assumed senior status on October 31, 1988 and remained on the court until his death in Miami in 1997.
In October 2009, President Barack Obama signed into a law a bill introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to rename the U.S. Post Office, Custom House, and Courthouse in Key West the Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse.
- Florida Bar News, November 1, 2009, Vol. 36, No. 21, p. 23.
- Sidney M. Aronovitz at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.