New York real estate developer John Tishman dies at age 90

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New York real estate developer John Tishman dies at age 90

The real estate industry lost another great on Saturday, with the passing of John Tishman, a veteran real estate developer whose company helped shape renowned properties such as the World Trade Center in New York City, Walt Disney's EPCOT Center in Orlando and Los Angeles' Century City complex.

The high-profile project led Mr. Tishman's company to be brought in first as a consultant on the even-taller World Trade Center and then as the builder. It's fitting that a firm associated with iconic Manhattan projects such as Madison Square Gardens and the original World Trade Center towers would have a prototypical, New York immigrant origins.

A former U.S. Naval officer and schoolteacher, Tishman joined his family's construction business in 1948.

The family's spokesman, John Gallagher, told the media the cause of death was respiratory failure.

Tishman, a New York native, gave to the UJA-Federation of New York and State of Israel Bonds, among others.

In 2011, Tishman published a memoir, which he wrote with Tom Schachtman, titled "Building Tall: My Life and the Invention of Construction Management". He is survived by his daughter Katherine Blacklock, his son and his daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sheryl Tishman, and three grandsons.

"My father had died years earlier", he said in a 1985 interview with the news service United Press International. Tishman Speyer, an active New York development company, was founded in 1978 by Tishman's first cousin, Robert.

In 1953, he married Suzanne Weisberg, who passed in 2005.

 

Construction on the landmark Hancock Center began in 1965. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1946.

By this time, Mr. Tishman was chairman emeritus of Tishman Realty and Construction.

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