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David Brenner, 83, former Philadelphia commerce and finance director
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2019-07-19 19:48:53 UTC
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No relation, as far as I can tell, to David Brenner the comedian.

However, both were born and raised in Philadelphia, though they went to different schools. And they were both born around the same time; while I don't see a date of birth for this Mr. Brenner, the comedian was born February 4, 1936 and would be 83 if he were alive today.


https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/david-brenner-wilson-goode-commerce-finance-obituary-20190719.html
David Brenner, 83, former commerce and finance director under Mayor Goode
by Robert Moran, Updated: July 18, 2019- 10:15 PM

David W. Brenner, 83, a retired accounting executive who served as both commerce and finance director under former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, died Thursday, July 18, in Florida.

Mr. Brenner was under hospice care at his home in Longboat Key when he died from complications of congestive heart failure, said his daughter Lisa.

After Goode was elected mayor in 1983, his first cabinet appointment was Mr. Brenner as the city’s commerce director.

Goode said at the time that Mr. Brenner was “the best mind I could find.”

Just a few weeks earlier, Mr. Brenner had retired at age 47 from Arthur Young & Co., where he had served as managing partner of the accounting firm’s Philadelphia office.

“I’m one of those guys who need challenges periodically,” Mr. Brenner said after his appointment.

He left his position in 1986 and returned to private life, but was again called upon to serve — this time as finance director — during Goode’s second term when the city was hit hard by financial problems.

“David was a gentleman,” said Charles Pizzi, who worked as Mr. Brenner’s first deputy director of commerce. “He made everyone comfortable around him.”

Mr. Brenner was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Overbrook High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and immediately went to work at Arthur Young.

By 1969, he had risen to the position of managing partner. He later served as a senior partner at the firm before retiring.

He was active with local cultural institutions, including the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where he held the position of chairman of the board of trustees.

Mr. Brenner also founded and was president of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.

He met his wife, Madeleine, when they were both 12-year-olds attending Beeber Junior High in Overbrook, his daughter said. Their first date was attending the Ice Capades on New Year’s Eve of their 9th grade year.

They got married in 1957 and had three children.

Mr. Brenner and his wife moved to Longboat Key for their retirement and traveled the world extensively.

He couldn’t resist getting involved in government again. In Longboat Key, he sat on the local Planning and Zoning Board and served two terms as a town commissioner and two years as vice mayor.

Mr. Brenner is survived by his wife and three children, Eric, Lisa, and Suzanne, three grandchildren, and a brother.

Memorials in both Florida and Philadelphia will be announced at a later date.

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