Wilfred Feinberg, Venerable Federal Jurist and Distinguished Law School Alumnus, Dies at Age 94
The venerable federal jurist who served on the bench for more than five decades passed away at the age of 94.
“Judge Feinberg was one of the most honorable and dedicated public servants I have ever known,” said Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger ’71, who clerked for Feinberg after graduating from Columbia Law School. “His integrity, both in the law and as a citizen, was beyond any question. He was as meticulous a jurist as he was wise. In his long lifetime, he garnered the respect and friendship of everyone he worked with.”
Another former law clerk to Judge Feinberg, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel C. Richman, said, “Those of us privileged to clerk for Judge Feinberg saw judging at its best—intellectually rigorous, full of common sense, and fundamentally decent. He was a wonderfully humane man with deep loyalties—to his family, his court, and to Columbia College and Law School.”
Judge Feinberg is survived by his wife, Shirley; his three children, Susan, Jack, and Jessica; and several grandchildren.