Philip Stenger’s + children, Karen, Ken, and Nancy, accepting their father’s Pace e Bene award.
Philip F. Stenger, was a business and civic leader in Downtown Brooklyn for more than half a century. Having served as chairman and active board member of a dozen key Brooklyn institutions, Stenger brought the common sense of a conservative banker to all organizations he served, from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to the Brooklyn Industrial Home for the Blind (now called Helen Keller Services).
Stenger served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Campaign, retiring with an honorable discharge. He built a 60-year career in banking, with 45 of those years in Brooklyn, where he was known as the unofficial mayor. Starting his banking career at Bankers Trust in 1954, Stenger retired from TD Bank in 2013.
The Brooklyn Chamber released a statement praising former board chair Stenger, as “a tireless champion for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the borough’s business community, and honored as such, as a ‘Celebrating Legends of Brooklyn’ recipient at the Chamber’s 2013 Winter Gala. He served on the Chamber’s Centennial Committee, contributing to a celebration that began February 2018.”
Stenger gave his time over the years supporting many organizations. He was chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brooklyn Association; president of the Brooklyn Club and the Municipal Club of Brooklyn. He was also treasurer of the Brooklyn Borough Hall Restoration Project.
Stenger served on the board of directors of the Angel Guardian Home, Brooklyn Sports Foundation, Helen Keller Services. He also served on the Council of Regents of St. Francis College, which conferred on him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
Near his Long Island home, Stenger served as a member of the Wantagh Fire Department and president of the Wantagh Fire Department Benevolent Organization.
Philip Stenger passed, Friday, June 15, 2018 at his home in Wantagh, he was 89 at the time of his passing.