He grew up in Rye, N.Y., attending Horace Mann before entering Princeton with the Class of 1985. After arriving, he immersed himself in all things theater, acting and directing with Theatre Intime and Triangle while singing with the Nassoons. A history major, he was also a member of Tower and Campus.
After graduating in 1986, David worked in finance in New York City, first with Bankers Trust and Lehman Brothers, and then for the last 25 years of his career with Milberg Factors Inc., a commercial finance firm begun by David’s grandfather in 1936. Along the way, he earned an MBA from Columbia with honors.
David combined his passions for theater and business by investing in Broadway productions and joining the boards of several theater organizations, including the Triangle Club (trustee and treasurer), the Prospect Theater Co., and the Lincoln Center Business Council. He also sang with the Amor Artis chamber chorus.
David will be remembered as a loving father, son, brother, and friend, with a remarkable intellect, a gentle soul, a beautiful singing voice, and a lifelong passion for theater and business. He is survived by his children, Beverly, Ava ’24, and Emmett; his parents, Leonard ’53 and Ellen; his siblings, Dan and his wife Margot, and Sandra Milberg Shapiro ’92 (ex-spouse, David ’92); and many extended family members.