PLATTSBURGH â€” Robert Julian Feinberg, 76, retired Clinton County judge, died unexpectedly on Jan. 20 at his winter home in Delray Beach, Fla.
He was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Plattsburgh, the son of Benjamin Franklin Feinberg and Leah (Mendelsohn) Feinberg.
Mr. Feinberg is survived by his wife Laurie (Covert) Feinberg, whom he married on March 22, 1974; his cousin Philip Gordon and wife Shirley of Plattsburgh; nephews Julan Bergman and wife Marcia of West Palm Beach, Fla., Peter Bergman of Houston, Jim Bergman of Philadelphia, Tom Weiss and wife Ellen of Boca Raton, Fla., Dick Weiss and wife Gail of Fla. and niece Jessica Bergman Honig and husband Maury of New York. He was predeceased by his sisters Dorothy Feinberg Weiss and Ruth Feinberg Bergman.
Mr. Feinberg graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Yale University Class of 1945 and Yale Law School Class of 1947 where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal 1946 and 1947.
Mr. Feinberg started his law practice with Costello, Cooney and Fearon in Syracuse from 1947 to 1950 and then returned to Plattsburgh where he became a member of the firm of Feinberg, Jerry and Lewis from 1961 to 1970. Mr. Feinberg was elected as Clinton County Judge in 1970 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Feinberg then became a civil mediator in the Circuit Court of Florida from 1988 until the present time.
Mr. Feinberg was Assistant Attorney General of NY State in 1948, member of the NY State Assembly 1957 to 1964, member of the NY State Bar Association, Past President of the Clinton County Bar Association; member American Judges Association, Past President of Rotary, past district deputy of Elks, 32-degree Mason, member Shriners, member Moose, and past president of the local chapter of Bâ€™nai Bâ€™rith. Mr. Feinberg also served as Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 621 and was proud of the fact that his grandfather Julius Mendelsohn was the first Exalted Ruler of that lodge. Mr. Feinbergâ€™s father was responsible for the establishment of the State University system when he was a member o the NY State Senate and the library on the Plattsburgh campus is named for him.
Mr. Feinberg was a member of the Yale Club of New York City; member of the Graduate Club of New Haven, Conn., and member of the Delray Beach Club of Delray Beach, Fla.
There will be no public calling hours, funeral private. A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh at a date to be announced.
Donations in his memory may be made to the America Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Oâ€™Neill, Redden, Drown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. Internment will be in the Feinberg family mausoleum in Beth Israel Cemetery in Plattsburgh.
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