Bennington resident Norman Greenberg diesStaff Report | September 20,2013BENNINGTON — Norman Greenberg, a well-known businessman and philanthropist, has died, according to Southern Vermont College’s website.
Greenberg, 95, was a trustee at Southern Vermont College for many years and he and his wife, Selma, who died in 2011, provided a lot of support for the college. The Greenberg Atrium at Hunter Hall is named for the family.
In a statement on the website, Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross called the Greenbergs “among the best mentors and friends a new college president could ever ask for and receive” and said he would be “sorely missed” by the college community.
“His greatest gift to the college and to us was his time, his wisdom, his good humor, his extraordinary understanding of the Bennington community and his deep belief in the college and its mission,” she said.
Greenberg and his family were honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award by Southwestern Vermont Health Care on Sept. 7.
The family name is also known for the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve, which was created after Norman and Selma donated 96 acres of land in Bennington to the New England Tropical Conservancy.
But locally, Greenberg is best known for the downtown store, H. Greenberg and Son, Inc., a hardware, plumbing and electrical supply store on Main Street launched by Norman in 1949.
Greenberg is survived by his sons, Edward, David and Steven, as well as other family members.
A graveside service will be held in Bennington on Sept. 22.
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