Obituary of Herb Greenberg, PhD
Herb Greenberg, Ph.D. PRINCETON, N.J.
Dr. Herb Greenberg, 86, of Princeton, N.J., passed away after a courageous fight against cancer on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born September 23, 1929 in Detroit, MI, Herb was the founder and CEO of Caliper Corporation, a global talent management consulting firm.
Caliper President Mark Greenberg said, “My father has dedicated his life to helping individuals and companies achieve their fullest potential. We are honored to carry that legacy forward.”
Throughout his life, Herb was a champion of the disadvantaged and disabled communities. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of progressive causes, Herb fought for equal rights for minorities, women in the workplace, and returning veterans, as well as abandoned and abused animals. Herb lost his eyesight at the age of 10 and overcame this obstacle to be granted a scholarship to The City College of New York (CCNY), where he discovered his passion for psychology. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from CCNY, and he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned his Ph.D. with highest honors from New York University. A diehard Brooklyn Dodgers fan in his youth, and a New York Mets fan as an adult, Herb loved sports. In 1999, Herb started an International Basketball League team, The Shooting Stars, that played for two seasons in Trenton, N.J.
A long-time proponent of civil rights, Herb lost his job as an assistant professor at Texas Tech University in 1957 because he had given speeches calling for an end to school segregation. He went on to teach at Rutgers University, where he was approached by an insurance company that wanted to find a personality assessment that could accurately predict a job candidate’s sales success. Not finding one, he set out with his business partner to develop an assessment and started Caliper in 1961. Herb became a pioneer in the field of pre-employment assessments for more than 50 years, and Caliper now has more than 150 employees in 12 countries, being named one of Philly.com’s Best Places to Work in 2015.
Throughout his career, Herb earned many accolades, including being a guest of honor at the CCNY Presidential Awards Dinner. In 2012, Herb established The Dr. Herbert Greenberg Scholarship, which recognizes students who demonstrate academic achievement and volunteerism. In 2015, Caliper won the HR Award for Excellence in the area of Social Responsibility for its charitable fundraising and volunteerism.
Herb also co-authored a New York Times best-seller, Succeed on Your Own Terms, as well as How to Hire and Develop Your Next Top Performer. His biography, What You Aren’t Seeing, was published in 2015.
Son of the late Harry and Hellen Greenberg, Herb is survived by his two sisters, Linda and Zena; five children, Gary, Mark, Holly, Alex, and Sally; and one grandchild, Sarah.
Services for Dr. Greenberg will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, January 21, at Star of David Memorial Chapel of South Brunswick, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ. In lieu of flowers or food, the family requests that donations be made to Learning Ally, Helen Keller International, or SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals.
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