Eugene L. Girden
October 17, 1930 ~ October 21, 2011
Eugene L. Girden, 81, husband of Charlene Tobin Girden of Westport who he lovingly referred to as “bubbles” and was happily married to for 53 years, passed away Monday, October 31, 2011 at home.
Born October 17, 1930 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Jules and Frieda(Fritzi) Girden.
Mr. Girden graduated The Bronx High School of Science at age 16, the University of Maryland at 19, and the University of Maryland Law School at the young age of 21. He was a lieutenant JAG officer in the US Navy and served during the Korean War.
Mr. Girden was a partner for 25 years at Coudert Brothers a prominent, “white shoe” predominantly corporate law firm, which was the leading litigation firm in the country, representing virtually all of the major media in the United States in first amendment, libel, and right of privacy litigation. In the words of one of the most well respected lawyers in the country, E. Gabriel Perle, a dear friend and colleague says, “Gene was a brilliant litigator, physically impressive, articulate, persuasive and charming and above all, a knowledgeable and very successful advocate”. He numbered among his clients, Time Inc., the New York Times, CBS, ABC, NBC and most of the major motion picture studios as well as the most important insurance companies who had clients in the first amendment field. He was a leading member of the intellectual property bar, witness that he was elected President of the Copyright Society of the United States. Mr. Perle continues, “He was a wonderful raconteur with an anecdote for every occasion, always pertinent, and wonderfully told. That was true in his legal practice and his social life as well. And there was no better company on the golf course”. He was the best friend one could have.
Mr. Girden was an avid bridge and gin player, sports enthusiast, voracious reader, crossword puzzle maven, loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends who he loved dearly. Two of his favorite past times were playing golf at his home away from home, Rockrimmon Country Club and cutting the rug at a formal dance…in his inner circle he was known as Gene Gene the dancing the machine.
He is survived by son Steven of Westport CT , daughter Lisa and her husband Seth of Westport, two granddaughters, Lindsay of Manhattan and Emelie of Westport and grandson Alex of Westport. He is also survived by his sister Peggy Weinstein of Merrick NY and by three nephews.
Funeral service to be held at Rockrimmon Country Club, Stamford CT on Wednesday November 2 at 12 noon. Friends may visit at 31 Soundview Drive Westport, CT on Wednesday and Thursday.