BERGREEN--Adele Gabel, is a native New Yorker. She was born on June I, 1922, and graduated from Vassar College and received her law degree from Yale Law School. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1947. While at the law firm of Engel, Judge, and Miller, she met her future husband, Morris H. Bergreen, Esq., and they later founded the firm of Bergreen & Bergreen in New York City, where they were law partners for many years. They had two children: John, deceased, and Laurence, a writer living in New York City. For many years they maintained residences in Greenwich, CT and in Rancho Mirage, CA. After her husband's death in 2001, she was the principal owner of Gaylord Bros., a large library supply company in Syracuse, NY. Her economics professor at Vassar, Otto Nathan, a close friend of Albert Einstein, bequeathed to her an important collection of letters and books of Einstein, and in 2003, she donated the Morris and Adele Bergreen Albert Einstein Collection to Vassar, where they are on display and available to scholars. Adele Bergreen was also an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. She studied photography and maintained a lifelong interest in classical music and opera. A member of the Trollopc Society, she read her way through all the novels of Anthony Trollope, and collected first editions from the eighteenth and ninet.eenth centuries. She was a longtime Metropolitan Opera, all in New York City. Her civic positions included, at various times, Trustee of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York, Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester, Oxford University School of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (American Board), the Palm Springs Art Museum in California and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. She also served on boards of Present Tense magazine and the Women's campaign Board of American Jewish Committee. In addition to her son Laurence, survivors include foru grandchildren -Nicholas, Sara, John Morris, and William, a great-granddaughter, Zata and a daughter-in-law Natasha. Service Thursday, January 15 at 11am at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th Street.
Published in New York Times on Jan. 14, 2015.