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World War II Veteran who helped liberate Dachau concentration camp, dies at 91. Albert, a loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully in his bed, at home, from age related diseases Saturday, November 21st with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Dolly Borgia, and his four children Juliet, Christopher Stefan, and Camille. His sister Mary Phillips, brother John and six grandchildren Marlon, Alexander, Scarlett, Olivia, Roman and Violett also survived him. He was born in Newton, NJ and was raised in Little Italy and the Bronx, NY. He was one of seven children. At age 19, he enlisted and became a G.I. in the Army. Shortly thereafter, he was sent to England to train for the D-Day invasion. He frequently recounted his war stories, like Eisenhower exhorting the troops on, after braving the English Channel and securing the Normandy beachhead. But his proudest and profoundly saddest recollections were of opening the gates of Dachau and seeing those who had been left to die in the concentration camps. Albert was a true American war hero. After the war, and aided by the GI Bill, Albert went to Theater School. He later had a career as a Playwright, Director, and Actor. He appeared in Fred Zinneman's film "Hat Full of Rain", and Co-Produced and starred in the national production of "Stalag 17", in addition to working as the Director of the Litchfield Theater in Litchfield, CT. Albert also wrote the documentary, "Jazz On A Summer's Day", directed by Bert Stern about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. However, some of his fondest memories, came from his time working within the Playwright Directors Unit of the Actor's Studio in NYC during the sixties and seventies, where he was chosen to coordinate the writers, as well as stage his plays. Albert authored a book of plays entitled "6 Unlucky 20th Century American Plays", which includes "Don't Get Married We Need You", produced at the Mercer Theater in Greenwich Village, NYC (1973). Albert married his second wife Ann Davies in 1968. Together, they had three children and lived in Hell's kitchen in the 60s-early 80s across the street from the Actors studio. Albert was a dedicated father and took a job teaching woodshop and playwriting in the mid 70s at the prestigious Trinity School on the upper west side where his three children, and grandchildren attended. In the early 80s, he became a financial advisor, working for Ray Dirks at John Muir & Co, where he ultimately became Senior Vice President. His career in finance lasted a decade before retiring. He was celebrated on Geraldo Rivera's Talk Show as a figure representing success and "the American dream". For the last 17 years Albert was happily married to his third wife, and the love of his life, Dolly Borgia. He was a devoted husband to an equally devoted wife. He was a true renaissance man and hero who lived life his way, and was loved by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Reception will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 4-6pm. Please contact the family for details.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 29, 2015