In Memory Of
Long time Syracuse office Legal Aid Society managing attorney Dan Altwarg passed away on October 31, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born in Mont Clair, New Jersey and graduated from Mont Clair High School in 1983. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Alfred University in 1987. After taking a year off from school to sell shoes it quickly became apparent to Dan, that wasn’t for him. Dan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and received his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
Dan was employed as the Senior Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc, in Syracuse since 1991 and maintained his employment through his entire journey. Dan was passionate about his career and strived to make connections with the clients, co-workers, judges and other Attorneys he interacted with. Over the years that Dan worked at Legal Aid he wasn’t only a boss he also became a mentor, friend, and inspiration for most people that crossed his path.
Dan had a love for anything outdoors. He was in his element when he was doing the things he loved. Where you might find him would depend on the season - he could be found on the golf course, in his boat fishing, or snowmobiling. He had a great passion for producing his own Maple Syrup. Syrup that in his words “could win any fair competition”. It never mattered the season, Dan was most at peace when he was spending time at his camp on the Salmon River Reservoir in Redfield. However, the one thing that brought him the most joy were his ski getaways with his two daughters.
Dan always had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person in his world. He touched everyone who knew him in some way or another. As told to us by the many stories of the selfless acts he did for people just from the kindness of his heart. He will be sorely missed by all of us.