The community of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, is deeply saddened by the loss of Alan C. Greenberg, our beloved and respected friend and husband of Kathryn O. Greenberg, Cardozo’s Board Chair Emerita. Alan lent his heart unreservedly to the law school and to its students. With his brilliance, ingenuity, and practicality, he, with Kathy, advanced the very foundation of the law school. He made magic for Cardozo in a myriad of ways.

Together with Kathy, a 1982 graduate of Cardozo and Chair of its Board of Overseers from 2003-2010, Alan supported initiatives that have had a profound impact on our students and faculty, including establishing a scholarship in his name that allows students who dream of pursuing a legal education to receive one at Cardozo, and supporting the creation of a new student center at the law school, The Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life, given in honor of Dean David Rudenstine. Alan opened his home to our community, organized events, spoke with students and brought in speakers.

Alan’s lifetime philanthropic spirit matched Kathy’s deeply held interest in providing access to justice for the underserved. Their combined passion gave rise to the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo, the Guardianship Clinic, and the exponential expansion of the law school’s public service auction, an enterprise that raises funds to support student work in public service. There are hundreds of Cardozo students and alumni whose public interest law experiences and careers were launched by the generosity of Alan and Kathy. Countless underrepresented individuals and communities have been served by these students and attorneys.  

There are few people who have the talent, the heart, the vision and skill to make better the lives of others and to advance the ethos of an institution. Alan Greenberg was such a man and everyone at Cardozo is deeply grateful and is better for having met and been touched by him. He understood the problems people face and had a gift for finding simple and effective ways to solve them.

We send our love and deepest sympathies to Kathy and to Alan’s children, Ted Greenberg and Lynne Koeppel, son-in-law Caleb Koeppel, sister, DiAnne Hirsch, brother, Maynard and grandchildren, Alison, Melissa, Sam, Max, and Kyle, a 2012 graduate of Cardozo.

Matthew Diller
Dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

David P. Samson
Chair, Cardozo Board of Overseers