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Grace Gribetz Glasser ’53, Former Director of Placement and Wife of Judge I. Leo Glasser ’48, Dies at 93


Grace Gribetz Glasser ’53, who had served as Director of Placement at Brooklyn Law School from 1985-1993, died Dec. 16. She was 93.

Glasser graduated from Cornell University in 1950 before attending Brooklyn Law School where she met her husband of 68 years, I. Leo Glasser ’48, U.S. District Court Judge of the Eastern District of New York, who was a member of the Law School faculty before serving as dean from 1977 to 1981.

Glasser worked for District Council 37’s prepaid legal services and earned her Master’s in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work while raising four children and maintaining an active involvement in her community. She also taught art in the New York Public School system.

Glasser was fondly remembered by long-time faculty as a “smiling presence,” who served the school not only with distinction, but with evident joy. She and her husband were dedicated members of the Brooklyn Law School community, and their family had deep roots with the Law School. Her father, Louis J. Gribetz ’17, was one of Brooklyn Law School’s earliest graduates.

In addition to her husband, Glasser is survived by children Dorothy, David, James (Class of 1985), and Marjorie; grandchildren Sasha, Louis, Joshua Jacob, Nathaniel, Sarah (Class of 2020), Juliana, Elizabeth, Annie, and Jesse; and great-grandchildren Lev, Misa, and Theodore. The Glasser family legacy at the Law School also continues with nephews David Glasser ’77 and Kenneth Glasser ’03, and niece Rachel Glasser ’14.