David Bershad the Philanthropist

David-BershadCharitable endeavors are very important to David and take up a lot of his time. Back in 1998 he set up a foundation that to date has contributed over $3m to various charitable organizations. In addition, with a grant of $1m, he endowed a Professorship in Hunter’s Department of Art History.

David also endowed a Cornell University Scholarship Fund, providing the opportunity for students without the financial means to obtain an Ivy League education. He has given generously to scholarship funds and other programs at the Montclair Kimberley Academy, enabling the school to become computerized, set up a new music and arts section and improve faculty compensation. Bershad has given financial support to Columbia Law School as well.

David Bershad – His Early Life
Born in 1939 in New York, David Bershad was educated at Brooklyn Technical High School and then Cornell University on a New York Regents Scholarship, majoring in Philosophy. He worked as a journalist and then graduated Columbia Law School, participating in the ROTC program.

David Bershad – His Personal Life
David has four children: Jeffrey and William from his first wife Inez and Bradley and Elizabeth from his second wife Susan. He now lives in New Jersey.

David Bershad – His Service In The US Army
While studying at University, David participated in the ROTC program. After graduating, he was commissioned as a US Army Second Lieutenant. He later reported to Fort Gordon, training as a Military Police Officer. At this point in his career he was assigned to the NY Armed Forces Police Department, later promoted to Captain, serving as the Adjutant of a multi-service unit comprising over 100 military policemen. He served in the army for two years, leaving with an honorable discharge.

David Bershad – His Business Career
After the military, David became an associate in a small NYC firm, then the first associate at Melvyn Weiss and Lawrence Milberg and thereafter a partner and primary administrator.