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Founder of Studley dead at 88

STUDLEY–Julien J., 88, a prominent real estate broker and advisor, passed away at his home on October 13, 2015, survived by his cherished and devoted wife of 28 years, Jane Studley.

When the Nazis invaded Belgium in 1940, Julien’s family fled first to Cuba, finally arriving in the United States in 1944, when Julien was 16. After serving in the US Army from 1950-1953 during the Korean War, Julien returned to New York City, where he established a real estate brokerage firm, Julien J. Studley, Inc., in 1954.

Julien Studley
Julien Studley

This firm became the foremost tenant-oriented commercial real estate firm in New York and later in major cities throughout the United States. Julien became widely-known as a thoughtful and valued advisor to commercial tenants on all real estate matters and was highly respected by his colleagues and clients.

However, his passion for life extended well beyond his professional duties. Julien was also a leader in the philanthropic community in New York, serving as Chairman of the New School for Social Research, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He was also the Chairman of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and served as a significant member of the Boards of Lincoln Center and The Graduate School of CUNY.

All those who were privileged to know him will miss his friendship, compassion, wisdom, and readiness to help others. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Jacob, his sister-in-law Helen Studley, his stepson Ni jun and Ni jun’s wife LuLu, and his beloved step-grandchildren Adam and Benjamin.

Funeral services will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York City on October 16, at 10:00am. Burial will follow at The Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, New York. Donations in Julien’s memory may be made to the New School or to any charity of your choice.

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