David Jacob Finkelstein

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Died on December 24, 2015, at age 78, in New York City. Husband of the late Evelyn Leftuss, son of the late Robert Finkelstein and the late Augusta Pollack Finkelstein, brother of the late Naomi Finkelstein Eber, uncle of David Eber of Brookline, MA, and Elizabeth Eber of Wynnewood, PA. Raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, he graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School. He later studied Chinese at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and became the East Asia specialist at the Ford Foundation in New York City. An avid traveler, fisherman and writer, his articles appeared in The New Yorker, Audubon, Sports Afield, The New York Times, The Observer, The Washington Post, and Marlin Magazine, where he was contributing editor. He is also the author of Greater Nowheres, a book about Australia, which he co-wrote with Jack London. A gifted storyteller, David was loved and respected by countless friends throughout the world, many of whom he met through his years teaching karate.
Published on NYTimes.com from June 6 to June 7, 2016
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