Daniel W. Offit, age 53, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 6 in his Greenwich, CT home surrounded by the love of his family and friends after a nearly year-long battle with glioblastoma.
Despite the unforgiving and unrelenting nature of his disease, Dan fought with the stoicism and strength of character that was true to his nature. The family was guided by the knowledge of extraordinary medical professionals. They would like to acknowledge Dr. Alexandra Miller and Dr. Kenneth Offit of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Henry Friedman of Duke Cancer Center for their unwavering attention and excellent care.
Dan’s life was filled with passion and purpose. He loved his daily routine of rising while it was still dark for a morning boxing workout before commuting to the office.
He treasured time with his family at his homes in Greenwich, CT and Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where fishing, walks on the beach and reading in the hot sunshine made him happiest.
His wife of 21 years, Stefanie, his son Benjamin W. Offit and daughter Evelyn S. Offit were the center of his world and an endless source of pride, love and joy.
Dan’s kindness, courage, deep concern for others and ebullient spirit lives on in them. Dan made and kept friends from all areas of his life, especially those from Riverdale, Dartmouth, Greenwich Country Day School, Blind Brook Golf Club, Punch Fitness and Offit Capital.
Daniel Wolf Offit was born on January 7th, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland to father Morris W. Offit and mother Nancy S. Offit, and he was raised in Westchester County, New York with his older brother, Ned S. Offit.
He graduated from Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York and received a BA in History from Dartmouth College in 1990 and an MA in International Economics and Chinese Studies from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1994.
In 2007, Dan, Ned and Morris co-founded Offit Capital, a wealth management firm based in New York City and Los Angeles. For fourteen years, Dan and Ned served as Co-CEOs, sharing an office with desks facing each other. Theirs was an exceptionally close relationship. Their father Morris, Chairman of Offit Capital, often pointed out to clients and friends the unusual closeness of his sons, which filled him and their mother Nancy with pride.
Dan was revered and admired by his other Partners and colleagues for his investment acumen, work ethic, practical common sense and great warmth.
A champion of education, Dan was the President of the Greenwich Country Day School Board of Trustees when the decision was made to acquire a second campus to create a high school. It is now in its third year of operations and a resounding success.
The boldness of this vision speaks to Dan’s leadership as well as to his friendship and partnership with Head of School Adam Rohdie. His time in Hanover at Dartmouth College was very meaningful to him and he remained a passionate supporter of the school through various leadership roles.
His Dartmouth friends visited Dan often throughout his illness and their support always made him smile. Dan is also survived by his sister-in-law, Amanda Offit, his nieces, Jane and Madeleine Offit and his nephew, Nate Offit.
There will be a private burial service. The family will be receiving visitors in the following days. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held this Fall at Greenwich Country Day School.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s NORTH program to support brain cancer research. http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/danielwoffit