FORA.tv Speaker - Leonard E. Greenberg
A native of Hartford, Leonard E. Greenberg originally prepared himself for a business career at Weaver High School during the 1940s. But the summer after his graduation, he decided to apply to Trinity College, where Dean Thurman Hood admitted him on a provisional basis.
In just two-and-a-half years, Mr. Greenberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He distinguished himself by participating on the student newspaper and in the Glee Club. With three other students, he established the Collegeâ€™s first Hillel and persuaded the College to allow Jewish students to fulfill the chapel requirement by attending synagogue for Sabbath services.
After graduation in 1948, Mr. Greenberg joined the family business, the Connecticut Leather Company, which remade itself into Coleco Industries in 1961. Under the leadership of Mr. Greenberg and his brother Arnold, Coleco became the third largest toy maker in the country.
In the midst of his business career, Mr. Greenberg remained intensely interested in religion. He earned a M.S. in the philosophy of religion at the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York in 1978. He also helped found the Beth El Temple in West Hartford, and has served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Museum council, on the board of the Jewish Museum in New York City, and as a governor on the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. Greenberg also devoted time to Trinity, serving on its Board of Trustees for almost 20 years. In 1998, on the 50th anniversary of his graduation, Trinity awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
05.02.07 | 00:56:08 min
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