David Blackstone ’63 was a prominent criminal defense attorney and the founder and first president of the Central Park Track Club. He passed away on January 18, 2009,
at the age of 69.
Blackstone graduated cum laude from New York University before attending Columbia Law School. Following his graduation, Blackstone, who was also a Marine Corps veteran, entered the practice of law as an associate at Dammann & Heming in New York. He later joined the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney and eventually branched out into private
practice, where he specialized in criminal defense litigation in state and federal courts.
Blackstone went on to serve as the senior member of the New York County Homicide Panel and as the New York State deputy capital defender.
Outside the legal realm, Blackstone distinguished himself as a long-distance running champion, placing 15th in the New York City Marathon in both 1974 and 1975. To serve avid runners like himself, he founded the Central Park Track Club, which promotes health and physical fitness and helps prepare athletes for long-distance competitions.
Blackstone is survived by his wife, Lynn, and his sons, David T. Blackstone and U.S. Army Captain Ian T. Blackstone.