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Donald Shack

Donald Shack died peacefully at home on July 12, 2015 after a short illness, at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. Donald graduated Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School before serving in the Korean War. For more than 60 years he had a distinguished career practicing law in New York City as the managing partner of Golenbock and Berell, a founding partner of Shack, Siegel, Katz & Flaherty and a partner of Blank Rome. Donald was an indespensable adviser to his clients, many of whom became life-long friends. Actively involved for years in the New York Civil Liberties Union, Donald was a champion of the underdog. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he was heartbroken when his Dodgers moved west but quickly shifted his "wait until next year" brand of fandom to the Mets, who, like the bums before, rarely exceeded his expectations. Donald loved tennis, sailing, and swimming, lively conversation, theater, music, good books, good food, and good Scotch. Yet Donald was most of all devoted to his family. He lost his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara, barely a month ago. Donald was a rock in the lives of his children, David and Laura, a beacon for his grandchildren, Nicole, Joseph, and Francesca, to whom he was affectionately known as Papa, and looked forward to providing direction to his great-grandchildren, Emma and Olivia. We will miss his penetrating mind, his social conscience, his deep love for his family, and his loyalty to his friends. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 4p.m. The family will be at Donald and Barbara's home at 7 West 81st Street on Sunday, July 26th and Monday, July 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Donald's memory to The American Civil Liberties Union.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from July 24 to July 25, 2015
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