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J. Frederick Berg, Jr. '66

Fred graduated from Yale in 1966 and received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1969. He is the Managing Partner of the New York law firm Russin, Vecchi, Berg & Bernstein LLP, where he specializes in business law, mergers, acquisitions and commercial real estate transactions.  His clients include corporations and other business units based in Asia and Europe as well as the United States. He speaks fluent German, thanks to his grandmother and the Yale German Department.  Fred is a Member of the University Library Council and a generous donor to the Yale Library. Fred supported the digitization of The Yale Daily News to make issues of “The Oldest College Daily” available on line through the Library’s website.  Fred also contributed to the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library, where one of the individual study carrels (known affectionately at Yale as “weenie bins”) bears a plaque in his honor. Fred has supported the Library’s Map Collection as well as a series of short films designed to promote Library development. A Saybrook alumnus and Fellow, Fred’s generous contributions to Saybrook College include support for the 2001 renovation. The student suites where he lived as a junior and as a senior now bear plaques in Fred’s name.  Fred also supported the renovation of the Saybrook Dining Hall in 2012 and the construction of the Saybrook Music Practice Room and Sound Studio in 2014.  Saybrook students also benefit from The Berg Family Scholarship Fund, which Fred established in memory of his parents. At his Yale Reunion in 2011, Fred received an award for distinguished service to the Class of 1966.  He is a member of the Planning Committee for his 2016 Yale Reunion.  Fred is also a Sterling Fellow and a member of the Yale Development Council, the Yale Baseball Association and the Yale Club of New York City. He interviews applicants to Yale as a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.  In addition to his Yale activities, Fred serves on the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University School of Law, where he is a Harlan Fiske Stone Fellow.  He resides in New York City.