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Stuart Adelkoff

ADELKOFF: Stuart Adelkoff. On Aug. 28, 2021, at age 89, beloved husband, father and grandfather, Stuart Adelkoff, passed away in Boynton Beach, Florida. Stu was married for 67 years to the love of his life, Marilyn Berger Adelkoff. He fell in love with her during a Pittsburgh snowstorm and thought, both then and throughout his life, that she was the most beautiful girl in the world. He is also survived by his three children — Linda Adelkoff LeGrand (Overland Park, Kansas), Carol Adelkoff and Steven Adelkoff (Pittsburgh) — all of whom adored their father. Stu’s three granddaughters — Kaya LeGrand (Max), Daria LeGrand, and Eliana — will miss their Papa and treasure memories from all the wonderful family trips and visits over many years. Also mourning for Stu are his brother Allan (Arlene), brother-in-law George Berger, and many other family members, friends and associates. Stu was fiercely loyal to his family and loved each member unconditionally, beaming with pride at every success and never failing to offer an outstretched hand and comfort when needed. Stu always had time to listen, and he cherished opportunities to sit with a loved one and have a long, deep discussion, whether it be problem-solving on any issue or just talking about life. Everyone loved Stu. He was kind and charming and generous, a deep thinker with a brilliant mind for business and numbers. He was sought out by countless people for advice. He enjoyed golf and, while he was able, he jogged every morning. He loved to laugh, dance and sing.
Son of the late Evelyn and Joseph, Stu grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in business and real estate. He was commissioned in the Air Force from 1954-1957 at the rank of 1st Lieutenant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and he was promoted to captain while in the reserves during which time he served as training officer and adjutant. For most of his professional career, Stu cherished his business partnership with Stanley Gumberg as an equity partner of J.J. Gumberg Company. Their areas of expertise were real estate development, management, financing and acquisitions, and they operated shopping centers, apartment buildings, industrial properties and office buildings. During his career, Stu acted as consultant in real estate matters to Prudential Insurance Co., New York Life Insurance Co., Pittsburgh National Bank, Union National Bank, the University of Pittsburgh and other major institutional organizations. For 12 years, Stu taught real estate courses at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business. After retirement, Stu headed the development subsidiary of Mellon-Stuart Co. to restructure the firm and insure its future into the 21st century.
Stu’s many other associations include: president of Westmoreland Country Club, Pittsburgh; Investment Committee for United Jewish Federation Endowments; first president of Hunters Run Golf & Racquet Club, Boynton Beach; advisory board for Florida National Bank (First Union); board of directors of Delray Medical Center; chairman of United Jewish Federation Campaign, Hunters Run; Boynton Beach 20/20 Visions Committee.
A graveside ceremony was held for immediate family on Aug. 31, 2021, at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Delray Beach, Florida. A memorial service will be held when appropriate. Contributions as you wish may be made to the charity of your choice. PJC

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