LEWIS KADEN
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KADEN--Lewis B. Lewis B. Kaden, age 78. Died peacefully on June 28 from injuries caused by a fall. From his birth in Perth Amboy, NJ, Lew's life was a deeply fulfilling adventure centered on passionate devotion to his family; a diverse career spanning senior roles in business, law, academia and government; and a fervent commitment to public and civic service. His professional journey included service as an advisor on domestic and economic policy to Senator Robert Kennedy and Chief Counsel to Governor Brendan Byrne of New Jersey; nearly a decade as a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School; many years in private legal practice as an appellate advocate and trusted boardroom counselor at Davis Polk & Wardwell; and as Vice Chairman of Citigroup. Lew was widely admired for his balanced judgement, wise counsel, and broad global perspective. He served for many years as the lead independent director of ArcelorMittal, a director of Bethlehem Steel, and Chairman of the Board of the Markle Foundation. In public life, he served as Chairman of the United States government's Overseas Presence Advisory Panel, New York State's Industrial Cooperation Council, and Governor Mario Cuomo's Commission on Competitiveness, and on New Jersey's State Commission on Investigation. He was Vice Chairman of the Board of the Asia Society and a committed trustee of the Century Foundation, Center for New American Security, NYU Center for Business and Human Rights, Human Rights First, Business Council for International Understanding, Environmental Defense Fund, Stanford University Center on Longevity and Beth Israel Hospital, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Foremost among Lew's priorities were his gratitude and lifelong commitment to the educational institutions that provided the springboard for his opportunities, including Harvard College, Harvard Law School, where he served for many years on the Dean's Advisory Board, and Cambridge University, where he was the de Jersey John Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College from 1963-64. After he retired from Citigroup in 2013, he was the John Harvard Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Business and Government at Harvard's Kennedy School. He was a supremely kind man, a generous and dedicated friend, and a mentor to many. He worked tirelessly to advance the careers and opportunities of people from all walks of life, and he savored their successes. Above all else, he was devoted to his family, in which he took boundless pleasure and pride. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Kaden; son Douglas and his wife Merritt, son John and his wife Rachel, son David and his wife Talia, and daughter Rebecca and her husband Scott; grandchildren Amelia, James, Lily, Sophia, Ella, Max and Henry; brother Daniel and his wife Melissa, and sister Jean and her partner Cathy. Lew's unwavering confidence in all of us will forever be a source of strength, and the example he set of integrity, dignity, compassion and commitment to family will always be an inspiration. The family will arrange a memorial service at an appropriate time.


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Published in New York Times on Jun. 30, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
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Erin Talbot
July 7, 2020
What a loss! ... of one of he few truly "great and good." We were classmates and friends in college, law school, and alumni ventures ... for many years. I just hope he knew how much I admired him - across the board - and how grateful I am that he brought me along. May he rest in peace ... And with condolences to Ellen and the Kaden progeny. Wes Williams
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July 5, 2020
I knew Lewis from our days at rival high schools, I was at Woodbridge High and he was at Perth Amboy. We had many mutual friends although our schools were highly competitive football and sports rivals during those days. Although we lost touch over time, he was always one I cherished as a true friend from my teenage years. My deepest condolences to his family, who sound wonderful, by the way.
Maryann Urban Braden
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July 3, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
July 2, 2020
My condolences to KADEN Family
Gjok
July 1, 2020
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July 1, 2020
An excellent friend from 60 years and a little ago. Lew "starred" in a full-length play of mine in college more or less as a favor to me. His dad Ruby once got me a ride from Perth Amboy to Washington, DC with one of his truckers. I worked day and night (for a few days) on Lew's congressional campaign. A couple of months ago he called more or less out of the blue and we had the sweetest time reminiscing for about a half hour or more. It made me very happy to hear from him.
Carter Wilson
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July 1, 2020
Lew was one of the most highly respected members of our law school class-and one of the nicest. He will be missed
Steven Grand-Jean
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June 30, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
June 30, 2020
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June 30, 2020
I'm an old friend and fellow-warrior from the public life of Lew's career. Can someone send me Ellen's home address so I can write her a note?

All best,

Peter Goldmark
Peter Goldmark
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June 29, 2020
As part of the Executive Protection detail in Citigroup, It was my responsibility to insure he was transported daily safely. He was a kind, honorable family man who truly will be missed by all who knew him. He always treated me with dignity and respect as his family did. I personally mourn his passing.
Richard Reyes
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June 29, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Cindy Ehrlich Borell
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