GERSEN--Daniel, of New York, NY died on September 19, 2011 at age 94. Raised in Elizabethtown, New York, a small village in the Adirondacks, by his parents Alexander and Manya Gersen, a country doctor and a dentist, respectively. He received his LLB from Columbia Law School and was a member of the Columbia Law Review, and a graduate of Amherst College. During World War II he was stationed in India; serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp. From 2007 to 2010, Of Counsel to the firm of Wolf Haldenstein, prior to which was senior partner of his own firm Gersen, Blakeman & Ackert LLP, with a law career spanning 70 years of active involvement as counselor, lawyer and trusted advisor to his clients in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, banking and finance, corporate law and trusts and estates. An advocate for variance not-for-profit corporations and a member of numerous organizations including The School of American Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Council of Canadian and American Relations, Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the New York Society for the Deaf and a long-time supporter of the Adirondack Council. He will be remembered for his friendship and wise counsel. He leaves all who knew him with years of wonderful memories of his charm, wit and indomitable spirit. His love of the Adirondack Mountains, Physics and Mathematics and music continued all through his life. He is predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Reichbart and her husband Joseph and his sister Edith Yokell. He is survived by his wife, Adeline, his step-daughter Linda Borrino and her husband Pasquale, his step-son John Senise and his wife Hillary, his step-grandchildren Michael and Julia Senise, his brother-in-law Stanley Yokell, of Boulder, Colorado and his nephew Michael Yokell and his wife Debra Rakim, his niece June Yokell, his nephew Larry Yokell, his nephew Richard Reichbart and his companion Nansie Ross. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on October 18th at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York 10028 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either: Parkinson's Disease Foundation or Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
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Published in The New York Times on Sept. 22, 2011