Services:

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.

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.

  1. Charlene, Lisa, Steven, Lindsay, Alex and Emelie I was very saddened to learn of Uncle Gene’s passing and am sending you my deepest condolences! I just arrived in Europe for a business trip and will return Friday. I will plan on visiting you all in a couple weeks when I am in NY. Love & Kisses to all! Dani, Susan, Samuel, Juliana & Max

    November 1, 2011
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  • I am so very sorry for you loss! My thoughts remain with you all! I am sending you all virtual hugs as I am unable to be present to give actual ones! All my love! Debbie (Bell) Garber

    November 1, 2011
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  • Charlene: My wife Gloria Phares joins me in sending you and your family our deepest sympathy and condolences. I first met Gene in the late 1960s when he was at Coudert Brothers, and I was working on the Stalag 17 vs Hogan’s Heroes case, a case that became a sort of byword between us. We were close colleagues in the Copyright Society, both of us became presidents of that organization, and we both attended many annual meetings and other Copyright Society events. Gene was an excellent litigator, an esteemed colleague, and a really good guy. All of his friends and colleagues will miss him. Gloria and I send you our warmest thoughts. — Richard Dannay

    November 1, 2011
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  • Dear Charlene: Len and I want to express our most sincere sympathy on the loss of Gene. We fondly remember you both and the kindness you extended to us when we first came to Stamford almost forty four years ago. Our kindest thoughts are with you and your family.

    Helene Vinnick

    November 2, 2011
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  • Dear Charlene: Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your wonderful husband Gene. Please know that you are on my thoughts during this difficult time.

    Sandi Cohen

    November 3, 2011
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  • Dear Charlene, Lisa, Steven, Lindsay, Alex and Emelie,
    I would like to express my deepest condolences on Gene’s passing. He was a tremendous man whose intellect, humor and compassion knew no limits. Surely, no one that knew Gene could ever forget him. He will undoubtedly be missed.

    Deepest condolences and sympathy,

    Denis Anglim

    November 4, 2011
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