HAROLD KINGSBERG

  • "Like the hundreds of people whose lives Reg enriched, I am..."
    - Richard Stuart
Service Information
Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel
1076 Madison Ave
New York, NY
10028
(212)-288-3500
Obituary

KINGSBERG--Harold. Harold Joseph Kingsberg, age 92, died at home on January 12, 2020. Known to his friends as Reg or Reggie, he had a keen mind and innate curiosity. Raised in Manhattan, he attended The Fieldston School, Andover, and Harvard. While in college, he became a Rhode Island bridge champion, playing alongside his lifelong friend Julian Leavitt. He went on to Harvard Business School and then built a storied and successful career as a securities analyst. He was consistently able to identify companies that would thrive in the long term based on his ability to take the measure of the founders' vision and personal character. Reg always said "you don't learn anything by talking." He became an executive vice-president at General American Investors. A determined and energetic man, he was deeply devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth Joel Kingsberg, his children Robert Kingsberg, Alan Kingsberg and Sally Keller, as well as six grandchildren, Emma, Melissa, Aaron, Liza, Abby and Kayla. Reg's loyalty to those he loved led to a long list of lifetime friends whom he met in college and beyond and with whom he stayed in close contact throughout the decades. His sense of adventure and boundless energy took him around the world many times, most recently stepping foot in Antarctica at the age of 87. Reg loved to search for exotic foods and restaurants. He might be found bicycling through the streets of Manhattan to buy pickles on Orchard Street or bagels on Tenth Avenue. Reg and the love of his life, Ruth, met in college, and they began a romance that lasted over seven decades. They were married in 1950 and spent their lives in Manhattan, travelling to their most beloved destination, the Outer Cape, for 65 summers in a row. In addition to his loyal and generous connection to family and friends, Reg was on the board at the Northside Center for Child Development. He was drawn to charities that tried to give people a fair chance to improve their lives. Reg's generosity, endless curiosity, boundless energy and grand laugh deeply affected all he touched. Service will be held Sunday, January 19th at The Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th St. at 12:00pm. Shiva to follow at the Kingsberg's on 88th St., 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:30–8, and Monday, 6-8:30pm.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 14, 2020
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