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Denis Berger

Denis Berger, proud son of the Bronx, grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. His passion for sports was matched only by his love of music. Denis was a violinist, timpani player and choral singer. He was a 1964 graduate of the Fieldston School and went on to the University of Wisconsin where his anti-war activism launched a life of political commitment.

In 1969, Denis and his wife Alice went to Cuba on the first Veceremos Brigade to cut sugar cane. They then moved to Springfield, MA, where they worked with the Puerto Rican Socialist party. Denis's love of music and cultrual work resulted in his organizing and producing tours for a variety of artists including Grupo Taone, Roy Brown and Lucecita Benitez. During the last 14 years of his life, Denis again united his passions for music and politics by joining the NYC Labor Chorus where he enthusiastically sang and served as a board member.

Denis was the Business Manager for "Seven Days" magazine and the United Electrical Workers Union. He also worked as the Director of the Nation Institute and of the NYC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

For the past 17 years, Denis was the Director of Development for Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. He created a unique model of obtaining financial support from the legal, banking, corporate and community sectors. In this position, he combined his lifelong commitment to justice, organizing, inclusiveness and creative fundraising.

In recent years, Denis concentrated his efforts on Double M Productions, his silk screen printing and embroidery business. As with everything he did, his love of people and organizational knowledge were the keys to his success.

Over all these years, Denis's greatest joy was his family. His 40-year partnership with Alice and deep relationships with his daughters defined who he was. They will strive to carry on his zest for life, integrity and struggle to achieve social change.