Jesse David Reingold
12 February, 1936 – 24 October, 2020
Jesse Reingold was born in 1936 in the Bronx, New York City. He was a loving husband to Rochelle Reingold, a wonderful father to his sons Leonard, Jonathan, and James, and a doting grandfather to Kendall, Sophie, Michelle, and Aaron Reingold. His wife, children, and grandchildren were the center of his life.
Jesse graduated from NYU law school and became a successful patent attorney in Manhattan. He completed his career at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. His work there included patents for pioneering biomedical pharmaceuticals such as Recombinant Growth Hormone, which presaged therapeutics such as Humira and Enbrel. At his retirement one client commissioned a cartoon of the opposition counsel cowering outside the courtroom, whispering to each other “Reingold is making his case!” He loved that cartoon.
Following his retirement and subsequent move to Seattle, he volunteered on the Clyde Hill planning commission, becoming its Chair from 2011 to 2018. He received a commendation from the city for his contribution to the city Master Plan. An avid Bridge player, he spent many years competing in a local men’s club with his partner Indru, as well as social games with his wife. A consistent dog lover, he enjoyed many years walking his King Charles Spaniel “Cocoa” at the Medina Park where he became a well known presence. He could often be found carefully combing out Cocoa’s fur with a gentle and practiced hand.
A fine connoisseur of classical music, there was always music playing in the house. He could name most any piece that was playing, and had opinions on the definitive recordings of many compositions. Passing down Beethoven’s seventh symphony was an important rite of passage for his sons, as this was the only recording passed down from his own father. He instilled a lifelong appreciation of music in all three of his sons, one of whom went on to a career in music. A longtime patron of the arts, he and his wife attended the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet before settling into a long subscription at Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Jesse’s life was marked by an unswerving commitment to integrity and standing up for the little guy, even as he ascended to the highest levels of the law. In retirement, many benefitted from his compassion and generosity. Late in life he showered his grandchildren with love and attention, making each one feel special.
The family would like to thank the many doctors from University of Washington Medical Center who saved his life many times over and allowed him to enjoy a full life, shepherding him through several emergencies as well as complex and novel procedures such as the MitraClip. Dr. Dichek was his general cardiologist and Dr. Minami was his heart failure specialist, and both carry our highest recommendation.
We would also like to thank the caregivers who provided loving support for him and Rochelle through the last year and a half. Paula, Fifi, Caroline, Denky and Michelle helped him recover from his first illness and it was a blessing for you to help him at the end.
Donations in Jesse’s honor may be made to the Pacific Northwest Ballet. We thank all who made the time to visit him and our family during hospice.
Private services will be held.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jesse David Reingold
3 November 2020
Rainelle and I are sorry to learn of your father’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. If there’s anything you need, please let us know.
28 October 2020
I'm so sorry to hear that Jesse has passed. I certainly can't pick only one fond memory of him. Instead, I remember him warmly welcoming me to the family, sharing stimulating conversations, and loving our dog despite her "challenges."
Please accept my most sincere condolences at this sad time.
26 October 2020
Jon, Karen, Kendall, and Sophie
Very sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences and hoping you find comfort in your memories of your (grand) dad.
26 October 2020
Dear Jon, Karen, Kendall, and Sophie,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and all your family at this sad and difficult time. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
The Roeper Family... Robin, Phil, Douglas, Emily, & Jillian