Veteran New York City office leasing broker Barbara Raskob died October 15 following a brief illness.
The director of leasing with Kaufman Organization, Ms. Raskob was memorialized during a celebration of her life yesterday (Tuesday). Interment will be private, said a spokeswoman for Kaufman.
Donations may be made in Ms. Raskob’s name to Calvary Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center .
A respected member of the New York City brokerage community, Ms. Raskob had worked at Kaufman for the last 19 years.
She was hailed by her colleagues in the business as a “smart and practical real estate professionalˮ who has been credited with keeping ahead of market conditions in every cycle.
“For 19 years we worked together, and I must say that hiring her was one of the best decisions of my business career,ˮ said Steven Kaufman, principal with the Kaufman Organization.
“Over the time we were together, the business changed a lot with the loft buildings becoming office buildings and leasing transactions becoming more complicated. Barbara handled it all.
“She was a part of the Kaufman family — I will miss her, tenants in our buildings will miss her, everyone in the New York real estate business who came into contact with her will miss her. She left us too early.”
Before joining Kaufman in 1997, Ms. Raskob earned her stripes with several real estate companies in the city, ultimately serving with Helmsley Spear before joining the venerable owner and operator founded by Samuel Kaufman in 1910.