Thursday, September 07, 2006

Remembering a Staunch Friend of Irish Culture

In Memoriam, Lewis L. Glucksman

A memorial service will be held at New York University on Friday at 2 p.m. to honor Lewis L. Glucksman, who died July 5 at his home in County Cork. Funeral services were held in Ireland privately, but this is a public memorial for friends and family.

Photo courtesy of NYU

Dr. Glucksman was a Hungarian-American Jew who made his money on Wall Street and gave generously to philanthropic causes. After a career with Lehman Brothers, Glucksman served as a trustee of New York University -- his alma mater -- and was a distinguished professor of business administration there. He also received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 2002.

Dr. Glucksman's passion for Irish literature led to the funding of first a chair in Celtic Studies at NYU. Then in 1993, with his wife, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, helped found and fund Glucksman Ireland House and NYU's Irish Studies Program. Ireland House, in an 18th century townhouse at One Washington Mews, has become a friendly place to confer, a scholarly haven for anyone interested in Irish studies, and one of Dr. Glucksman's most enduring legacies to the Irish-American community.

We convey our deepest condolences to Loretta Brennan Glucksman; to Lew’s daughters, Mary Glucksman and Jane Glucksman; to his step-children, John Cooney, Christopher Cooney and Kate Cooney Picco; and his grandchildren, Alexa and Ian Groueff and Liam Oscar Picco.

For additional information on the memorial, call (212) 213-1166.

Patricia Jameson-Sammartano, Culture Editor, WGT

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