Sheldon Denburg, former NJJN president, 89

Sheldon Denburg, former NJJN president, 89

Sheldon Denburg
Sheldon Denburg

Sheldon Denburg, 89, of South Orange and Parsippany died Jan. 28, 2015. He was born and raised in Newark. 

A community, civic, and industry leader, Denburg served as president of New Jersey Jewish News (1976-79) and remained on the board of trustees until his death.

Denburg joined Barton Press, the printing and lithography company founded by his uncle in 1922, working with his father, two other uncles, and an aunt, plus four first cousins — representing the second generation — and ultimately their children for nearly five decades. 

He was a graduate of Weequahic High School in Newark and of Rutgers University’s School of Business Administration in 1949. He pursued advanced studies at Carnegie Institute of Technology  the summer after his graduation. 

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in France during World War II. 

He also previously served as secretary of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, an arbitrator for the State of New Jersey, a mediator, and a science docent at The Newark Museum. He also was president and former treasurer and vice president of the Printing Industries of New Jersey, and taught a course on printing at Rutgers’ extension night school. 

A holder of the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in the Boy Scouts, he was a member of the board of directors of the Robert Treat Council of Boy Scouts in Essex County and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding longtime service to youth. 

He was also a member of the board of the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Newark Coalition, an organization that helps the underprivileged. He was honored by his alma mater, inducted as a Loyal Son of Rutgers, the highest acknowledgment of alumni service.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy; sons Larry Denburg (Aviva Sanders) and Eric Berk (Doris Pastore); daughters Pamela (Bryan) Smith and Dorian Denburg; and eight grandchildren. 

Services were held Jan. 30 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Rutgers University Library.

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