Diane & Joseph Steinberg
Earl D. Weiner and his late wife Gina Ingoglia Weiner moved to Brooklyn over 50 years ago. They met in their freshman year at Dickinson College while acting as the villains in a comedy, and theater has been part of their lives ever since.
Gina was a writer and artist and had a practice in landscape and garden design. She wrote more than 80 books of fiction and non-fiction for children. Her last, The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups, which she both wrote and illustrated, won the Garden Writers Association Gold Award for illustration. She was a co-founder and Vice President of the Florilegium Society for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was the garden adviser to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden. She also served on the board of Prospect Park Alliance and chaired its education committee. Gina passed away in 2015, but her legacy continues.
Earl is on the board of Green-Wood Cemetery and of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he is Chairman Emeritus. He now chairs the boards of both The Acting Company and Theatre Development Fund.
Rounding out their cultural portfolio, the couple also has played a leading role for historical and educational institutions. Gina served on the boards of the Brooklyn Historical Society for 25 years, where she was a Vice Chair for 20. She also served on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and on the Directors’ Council of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Earl is a past president of the Brooklyn Heights Association, a board member and pro bono General Counsel of the Municipal Art Society, and trustee of Brooklyn Hospital. At Dickinson College, Gina served on the board of advisors and Earl, the board of trustees.
The sheer number of Gina’s and Earl’s activities, and the unwavering energy they have devoted to them, truly leave the rest of us breathless.