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Arthur H. Judelsohn, president of real estate brokerage company

Feb. 13, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2016

Arthur H. Judelsohn, who earned a reputation as an accomplished deal maker while serving as president of a local real estate brokerage company for about 30 years, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo after a long illness. He was 76.

A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mr. Judelsohn graduated from School 66, Bennett High School and Union College. He served as president of both his high school and college fraternities and worked as a disc jockey in college.

Mr. Judelsohn joined Berlow Real Estate in the early 1970s, and later as president directed the firm’s growth into a prominent commercial real estate brokerage company, which also diversified into tenant representation, shopping center site selection and other fields. Berlow Real Estate also was a principal owner of the landmark Rand Building downtown, along with other commercial properties.

When his company merged with Pyramid Brokerage Co. in 2003, Mr. Judelsohn stayed on as senior executive director, maintaining a key role with the company into his mid-70s.

He was so determined to remain active and continue making real estate deals that he attended a work conference in New York City two weeks ago, even when he was ill.

“He loved making deals,” said his wife of 47 years, the former Judith Cole. “He was a deal junkie.”

Mr. Judelsohn was active in several commercial real estate organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers and ChainLinks.

He also was a former director and officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association.

An avid golfer who shot in the 80s, he was a member of Erie Downs, Westwood Country Club and Crag Burn Golf Club, as well as the former Montefiore Club.

He also was a lifelong member of Temple Beth Zion.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, James; one daughter, Jessica Kasimov; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

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