DAVID DINKINS
1927 - 2020
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DINKINS--David N. The Brooklyn Law School community deeply mourns the loss of David N. Dinkins, a 1956 graduate of the Law School and the 106th mayor of New York City. Throughout his career, he demonstrated the power of transformative leadership to lift individuals and communities. As mayor from 1990 to 1993, he spearheaded and oversaw initiatives to make the city safer, more culturally vibrant, and more economically robust. Over a long career in public service, he was an active force for change in the city and around the world. He was a member of the faculty at Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and he served on numerous boards focused on children's health and education, social change, and economic development. He is the author of the memoir A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic (2013). Dinkins was a long-serving member of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was honored as an Icon of Brooklyn Law School in 2015 and recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1990. He was actively involved with the Black Law Students Association and was the first recipient of an award named in his honor. We extend our deepest sympathy to his children, David Jr. and Donna Dinkins Hoggard, as well as to his extended family. Francis J. Aquila '83, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Michael T. Cahill, President, Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law


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Published in New York Times on Nov. 25, 2020.
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January 3, 2021
Dear Dinkins Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of David Dinkins./he'll surely be missed very much./and may he rest in peace.best faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
Acquaintance
December 29, 2020
IN OUR HEARTS... We thought of u today, but's that is nothing new. We thought about u yesterday and days b4 that too. We think of ur greatness in silence. We often speak ur name. Now all we have r memories, with which we'll never part.. GOD has u n keeping...WE HAVE U IN OUR ❤❤!!
Valenda Newell
December 12, 2020
To the family, many, many friends, and colleagues of this wonderful man Mr. David Dinkins fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives. We will miss Mr. David Dinkins's presence and his many contributions as the first black mayor of New York City. May the love and the special memory you shared with your dad show how your life was touched by him. We hope many of the encouraging words and thoughts on this site comforts you during this difficult time also. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. So, treasure that memory. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with the loss of Mr. David Dinkins.
Tony
December 11, 2020
Thank you for sharing him with us - It seems inadequate, however, thank you is all the English language has to express gratitude. I was one of the last 14 employees that the Honorable David Dinkins hired for the NYC Dept of Probation during his term as mayor. He was way too classy for NYC politics; the consummate gentlemen from the gang of 4 - however he loved us anyway. I am forever blessed by his encouragement and leadership example. I worked on technology projects and recall that he was on his way to Edgecombe to visit the facility to see what we had done to improve the reading and math levels of recidivists. Well, along the way, a woman had been struck by a car and Uncle Dave got out of his security vehicle to put his jacket under her head and wait for the ambulance with her. He was brilliant and when he didn't know a subject he surrounded himself with loyal people who were actually intelligent. Most importantly, he was a mayor for the people, not just black people. His integrity and core values are an attainable goal and I pray that the void his passing leaves is filled with wonderful memories. May his legacy live on forever.
Grace Clarke
Coworker
December 11, 2020
What an incredible legacy he leaves behind. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
December 7, 2020
SHALOM , TO ONE OF THE GREATEST MAYOR'S OF NEW YORK CITY EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT , MORE IMPORTANTLY HAPPY , HOLIDAYS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!! BROTHER # 75 & #16 PSALMS 23:01-23:80 ........... PETER 22:01-22:02:22 ............ & COLOSSIANS 1:01-1:29 !!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEEBE STEPHANIE WILDER
December 6, 2020
You were an awesome Mayor you will be missed great you served NYC well thank you
Lucy Kitchen
Acquaintance
December 6, 2020
My deepest condolences with prayers. I met David N. Dinkins at his home on Riverside Drive, because my father lived in the same building. I have many great memories. Later I helped with his election as a single young Mother. He was a proud African American Black man of style. I'm trying to get all of my pictures together now & Joyce Dinkins was my father friend too. I thank their Spirit & Contributions. I will miss him! Brother David & Sister Joyce together again with God. Love All The Way...
Deborah C Nelson
Neighbor
December 6, 2020
To The Dinkins Family: I want to offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of a dignified man who will
be greatly missed by his constituents . He served our city as mayor with style and grace and we will never forget him. May he rest in peace in heaven with his beloved wife joyce , jesus and mary the mother of god.
Tijuana Jones
Acquaintance
December 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alishia
December 3, 2020
December 3, 2020

Dear Family of Former Mayor of New York City, Mr. David Dinkins:

I am a 43 year Member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is the Pastor, The Moderator of The Session, and The Head of The Staff. Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus.

I am also A Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Assistant Administrative Secretary, Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director.

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all of you on your loss. David will be missed by all those people who knew, and loved him. All I can say is, "Rest In Peace, David."

WITH MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY,
MS. VALINDA D. JONES, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. I USE TO LIVE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
vALINDA Jones
December 2, 2020
you will be truly missed
michael thompson
Friend
November 30, 2020
My condolences go out to the family of Mayor Dinkins. What a loss.
Roy
November 29, 2020
Thank you for never giving up on me and encouraging me to keep striving for more and more. I am where I am because of you. You will always be my hero. May the God of love provide your family with tender mercy.
Jacqueline Lewis
November 29, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
November 29, 2020
My condolences to his family and many friends. He taught us to dream and sincerely believed that NYC could help those who thought they were forgotten. His legacy of equality lives on in the Democratic progressive party, he will be forever remembered.
J.S.
November 29, 2020
My life was Changed because he championed equal rights. He instilled self love and pride in me, I went to college and work in the corporate world. I send my deepest sympathies to his family, my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.
R. Williams
November 29, 2020
I worked with him on his first campaign for mayor. He was completely genuine and determined to help people of all races and backgrounds. I've never met anyone who could command a room's attention like he could. I'll miss his wit and utter devotion to NYC, he was a true trailblazer and one of a kind.
J. Hirschberger
November 29, 2020
Thank you Sir for your unwavering support for NYC. I and millions of others have benefited from your efforts. You were a True Example and changed the world of politics. Rest in peace. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, they are in my thoughts and prayers.
M.Washington
November 29, 2020
My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
November 29, 2020
As a young lady I went to interview Mr Dinkins at a function but when he walked im with his entourage I was so in awe of this man and struck by his commanding presence when he walked into the room all I could do was stare at him.This followed years of me loving him from afar and being so upset when he lost the election to Gulliani.Mr Dinkins was in that illustrious category with the likes of Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis people I loved from afar.I am so happy we had him for so long and I know he is now resting in peace. WHAT A GREAT LIFE!!!YOU WILL BE MISSED.My condolences to the Dinkins family.
C Bar
November 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Tijuana Jones
Acquaintance
November 29, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Dinkins family, truly sorry for your loss.
November 29, 2020
GOD bless you Mayor Dinkins. Rest in Peace.
Ionie ANGLIN
November 28, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Hon. David Dinkins! May the wonderful memories that each of you hold be a comfort to you in the days ahead! Thank you Mr Dinkins for your dedicated service. Rest well in Heaven!
James and Deidra Vanderburg
Coworker
November 28, 2020
May God comfort the family, friends
Anne Brunson
Significant Other
November 28, 2020
I am deeply grateful to The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Senior for his wise counsel on many occasions. Our relationship continued over the years to be warm, brotherly, fatherly, and most constructive. He always gave of himself with brotherly devotion. This day, I mourn the loss of one of the great champions of New York City.
Kirk Bowen
Friend
November 28, 2020
As a born n raised New Yorker. I would like to give my condolences to his family. I lived during his time as mayor of New York. God Bless
Madeline
Friend
November 28, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. It’s still painful to lose a loved one no matter their age. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies hold you all close during these sad times. In sympathy
Harts
November 28, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Anonymous... Gary, IN
November 28, 2020
On two occasions, I have the incomparable pleasure of interacting with Mayor Dinkins. At the wake for Ms. Alberta Spruill, we chatted briefly because I was wearing a US OPEN windbreaker. 'Nuff said. The second occasion occurred while driving for the US OPEN and the Mayor was my passenger. There is no need to describe the way he was impeccably dressed and superlatively comported. I was in such awe I almost stepped well beyond the boundary line to invite myself to his home! What a pleasure to be in his company. My deepest condolences are sent to his family. How blessed are you to claim such a rich and inspiring legacy. May the peace that passes all understanding surround you now and always.
Dr. REB
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
So sorry for this devastating loss. May mercy, peace and love be increased to you and your family.
Lea
November 28, 2020
Dear family members;

I am truly sorry to hear about mr Dinkins death. A life of service is the best life. He lived his life in service to others.

Thank you for sharing him with the world!
Faye Jensen
Friend
November 28, 2020
987 KissFM remembers Mayor Dinkins
Tony Gray
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
During his reign i was homeless due to Domestic Violence. The Director of the shelter Verona Middleton Jeter started a Self Help Program and during the training of the staff Honerable David Dinkins came and spoke with us about the politics of NYC. He encouraged us and complimented us for not giving up and standing up for our rights we were four women of color. SHIRLEY, IVETTE, PATRICIA, & THEATHER. WE appreciate what you did and said to us we will hold you in our hearts forever.
Theather Huggins
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
Mayor Dinkins wrote me a lovely letter in response to mine I offered a suggestion to help with a problem he had in the city. I kept the letter because I know he wrote it himself but more because of the way his words touched my heart. I know he is an angel now, but he was such a gentleman and his words mean even more to me now. Rest in Peace, Mr. Mayor. You are in good company now. Bernice Lock, Iselin, NJ
Bernice Lock
Friend
November 27, 2020
Semper Fi Marine Rip
Sgt. James W Sessoms Jr Usmc
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
Thank you Mayor Dinkins. You may have been born in New Jersey, but you will always be remembered as a true blue New Yorker. Rest in peace.
Robert Presti
November 27, 2020
A wonderful and strong man. May the God of love and tender mercies comfort and strengthen the family in this difficult time
Kay
November 27, 2020
p.a. tibbs
November 27, 2020
I once worked in the administration of Mayor Dinkins for the NYC health department. He also was a member of the Marine Corps and our last encounter was at the awarding of the US Congressional Gold medal, Washington DC 2012 we sat next to one another at the honoring ceremonies. The nation should thank him greatly for his service in the Marine Corps and to New York City betterment. As William Shakespeare once said, we will not see his kind again. But we can all learn from his example
p.a. tibbs
November 27, 2020
To the family,

I wanted to extend my condolences for your loss. Please know that God is a true source of comfort and strength and he will heal the broken hearted. (Ps. 147:3) Cherish the wonderful memories!
November 27, 2020
President David Dinkins and Mayor of New York City. I worked for his administration and the health department. I also encountered him during the awarding of the United States Congressional Gold medal (bronze replica), a family relative of ours was posthumously awarded the medal and Mayor Dinkins and I sat next to one another during the ceremonies in Washington DC. He served the nation and was a person to be admired. We last spoke a year ago and I had tried to contact him on the loss of his wife.
p.a. tibbs
Coworker
November 27, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathies, he was such a great man of integrity. I remember voting for him, it meant so much seeing someone who looked like me. May memories of him comfort you during your time of loss.
T. Evans
November 27, 2020
Well done, Mr. Mayor. Well done! Take your much deserved rest. May God be pleased with your good and faithful service. Rest peacefully beside your beloved bride, Lady Joyce. Prayers and love to The Dinkins Family.
Bettine Bowsky
Neighbor
November 26, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. David N. Dinkins. His hard work and dedication will always be appreciated and remembered. Cherish the memories. May God comfort the family and the many whose lives he touched.
November 26, 2020
An inspiration for so many that will be both remembered and missed. My heartfelt condolences to the Dinkins family, may you draw strength and peace from God’s word, truly sorry for your loss.
November 26, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Dinkins family, so very sorry for your loss. In your time of sorrow, may God comfort and strengthen all of you.
November 26, 2020
No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of need. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
Simone Taylor
November 26, 2020
My condolences.
November 25, 2020
Mayor David N Dinkins provided me with a opportunity as struggling young mom to achieve a career as a minority in NYC . I am forever grateful for my success to Mayor Dinkins for my outcome of life . Thankyou Sir May you Rest peacefully you earned it a true Hero of the people
Madeline Melendez
Friend
November 25, 2020
RIP Sir thank you for being the man and example you were.
Charles Edwards
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
My name is Curlee Dinkins III I live in Las Vegas Nevada. Back in the late 1970s my grandfather told me that we had relatives in New York. My grandfather Curlee Dinkins Senior was born in Denton Texas He said one of his uncles moved to New York. So if we are related or not you have my condolences.

Curlee Dinkins III
November 25, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
November 25, 2020
Sincerest condolences to you, Donna, Jay and family. Sending support and comfort. Your Dad proudly spoke of all of you on his radio show every day. We were happy to have known him as our Mayor. May you find strength to endure this very difficult time. The Hameens, Jesse 2nd and Iman
The Hameens
Friend
November 25, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the family and friends.
We prayed the that Almighty God give you all the needed strength and courage to endure this great loss.
Rossy & Zinola
November 24, 2020
Rest in Heavenly peace. Gone but "never" will be forgotten - Mayor David Dinkins of New York City
Ruby James
November 24, 2020
We have lost another trailblazer
May God have mercy on his soul
Our condolences goes out to the family
Clarence Scutter
November 24, 2020
Family Journal Heritage Seal, Summerville, South Carolina, Brooklyn And Queens, New York, USA & Overseas
David Dinkins, the 106th Mayor of New York City, walked in the Godly steps of a good man. And, may his legacy and life of service to others continue to inspire all of us. "May the life I have lived, and the work I've done speak for me." --- CONSOLERS

Dr. Charles L. Singleton
Acquaintance
November 24, 2020
May you Rest In Peace the former Mayor David Dinkins of New York..
Jenifer Baribault
November 24, 2020
FRANK AGUIRRE
Friend
November 24, 2020
I didn't live in NYC, but read continueousy about Mayor
Dunkin. He was a power house
that the city needed. I would have loved him being the mayor of city. A gentle, extremely intelligent and
educated man.
RIP Mr. Mayor, RIP



November 24, 2020
As the family grieves over your loss I offer my condolences. May peace be with the family at this time.
Lindsey
November 24, 2020
My condolences to his friends and family he made history and he is encouraged the Next Generation to do the right thing and be part of the community as a leader may he rest in peace
David P Call
Student
November 24, 2020
Mayor Dinkins was a wonderful mayor. I was most fortunate to be a student in the English Class of Trenton Central High School (NJ) of his lovely, brilliant, and wonderful sister, Ms. Lottie Lee Dinkins. May he rest in peace.
Lawrence Korona
Acquaintance
November 24, 2020
Rest In Peace Mayor.
Channon Stephens
November 24, 2020
It touches our heart to have read about the loss of a compassionate person. Always ready to help others. His actions were evidence of his great personality. My prayers are with the Family. May God give comfort and strength to keep going.
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