David Greenberg, oldest City Hall employee, dies at age 92
(6/27/2012) David Greenberg, the oldest municipal employee working in New Haven’s City Hall, died yesterday at the age of 92. Upon hearing about his death, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., said: “From living most of his life in Westville to graduating from the Edgewood School and Hillhouse High School to serving as an attorney for the City, David Greenberg was a New Havener through and through. He not only served the City with distinction, but also brought an infectious optimism to anything and everything he did. He will be missed.”
After a long and distinguished career in both private practice and other public service, Greenberg joined the City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel in 1994 as Senior Counsel. A 1949 graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School, Greenberg practiced law for many years in the city and, for a number of years, served as senior partner at the law firm of Greenberg, Hurwitz and Licari. He also served as a member of the City’s Board of Aldermen from 1965 to 1969.
At the Corporation Counsel’s Office, Greenberg worked with a variety of city departments, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Elderly Services. Greenberg also served as counsel to the City’s Board of Ethics. City Corporation Counsel Victor A. Bolden described Greenberg as “a lawyer’s lawyer and the consummate gentleman, who brought a highly analytical mind, a clear and effective writing style and an uncommon human decency to the practice of law.” City Board of Ethics member Shepard Parsons remembered Greenberg as someone who “loved the law, the life of the mind and his family in reverse order.”
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, four children, Beth, Joshua, Reesa, and Nancy and seven grandchildren.
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