Gabe will be greatly missed by all of us who loved and admired him, as both a man and one of the country’s most respected copyright lawyers. His wry smile, sense of humor and ability to tell the most intriguing stories about his past meant so much to all of us that have had the pleasure to know and work with Gabe over the years.
Gabe’s life as well as his professional experiences were unique. A native of New York City, Gabe, was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Queens College in 1943.
He served as a Lieutenant in the amphibious forces in the Navy during World War II and was in command of landing craft during the initial assault waves in the invasions of Guam, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa.
After his military service, Gabe entered Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and obtained his law degree in 1949. He went on to be the head of the Legal Department at Time Inc. where he was responsible for the legal affairs of Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money and People magazines as well as Time-Life Books, Home Box Office and Time Warner Cable. During his years at Time Inc., Gabe was recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities in intellectual property, copyright, publishing, computer, entertainment and communications law. In 1975, President Gerald Ford appointed Gabe as a founding Commissioner of the National Commission on New Technological Works (“CONTU”), which drafted legislation enacted by Congress for the protection of computer programming and software.
Gabe also co-authored, along with attorney John Williams, the seminal two-volume work, Perle & Williams on Publishing Law. He was heavily involved in both professional and philanthropic organizations. Gabe was a past President and Honorary Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and a two-time Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Copyright Division/IP Law Section in addition to having been a Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Trademark Association now INTA. Gabe was the Vice Chairman of the Big Apple Circus during its critical early phases. He was also a former director and secretary of the Baron de Hirsch Fund, of which he was an honorary Trustee. He was a member of the Century Association of New York City.
Gabe joined OGRP in 1995 as a named partner after his esteemed career at Time Inc. and various NYC law firms and continued to practice law until 2012. Gabe was extremely proud to be a member of the bar for more than 65 years and to provide legal counsel to his many clients.