The Yeshiva University family and the Board of Overseers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law deeply mourn the loss of Hon. Frank Lautenberg, who for twelve years was an esteemed friend, board member, and guardian donor of the law school and the university. Senator Lautenberg’s life illustrated both the transformative power of education and the dedication of committed public service. His service as a Cardozo board member from 2002 to 2009 and thereafter as an honorary member until his death reflects his values as well as his aspirations.
The Senator participated actively in the life of the law school supporting a variety of initiatives that improved the educational experience of the students including establishing a scholarship in his name, speaking frequently at law school events, expanding loan assistance for new graduates, and consistently lending his support to the public service summer internship program. On the board, he was a pillar of strength and integrity, serving as vice chair, chairing the nominating committee, and always deeply engaged in advancing the law school and its students. His belief in a just society, and compassion for the individuals who comprise it, guided his vision, made a difference in the lives of our students and enriched our world.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg; to their six children and their spouses, our alumna Ellen Lautenberg ’93 and Doug Hendel, Nan and Joe Morgart, Josh and Christina Lautenberg, Lisa and Doug Birer, Danielle Englebardt and Stuart Katzoff, Lara Englebardt Metz and Corey Metz; and 13 grandchildren.
Richard M. Joel, President
Matthew Diller, Dean
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law