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John Andrew Berenyi, 65, Westport Investment Banker

WESTPORT, Conn. - John Andrew Berenyi, an investment banker of Westport, died March 16. He was 65.

Berenyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, and grew up in Queens, N.Y., after immigrating to the United States via Israel in 1959. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School before attaining his bachelor's of science in engineering and master's in economics from Columbia University. He was a recipient of numerous fellowships, including the NYC Urban Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship and NATO Fellowship.

After serving as an assistant to New York Mayor John Lindsay, he joined Citibank’s public finance department and eventually became a partner at the investment firm L.F. Rothschild Unterberg Towbin. He also became an expert in health care finance and owner of an elder care residential facility in Dutchess County, N.Y.

Berenyi is the author of two books, “Up Against New York” and “The Modern American Business Dictionary,” and, of late, guest-starred on a local radio show, “The Advocates.”

Berenyi is survived by his wife, Dr. Eileen Brettler Berenyi; three daughters, Jessica, Juliana and Alicia; and cousins Vera, Bill Kuhl and Ahuva Peri.

Services will be held Tuesday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel, 60 Coleytown Road, Westport, with a private burial to follow. Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Berenyi residence.

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