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Arlene Wysong dead at age 66.

Respected commercial broker, Arlene Wysong, died at her home in New York on October 25, 2006. Ms. Wysong, a native New Yorker and longtime resident of Manhattan's Upper West Side, was 66 years old.

Ms. Wysong was a senior managing director and division head of the not-for-profit practice at Colliers ABR.

She championed the advancement of women in commercial real estate through her accomplishments, her mentoring and encouragement of young women entering the field, and through her active involvement and leadership of WX, Inc., formerly CREW, Commercial Real Estate Women, the premier group for senior women in commercial real estate.

In her 23-year career in commercial real estate, she completed lease transactions valued at approximately $1 billion. Ms. Wysong's first hand understanding of the particular challenges her clients faced, particularly not-for-profit organizations, allowed her to develop important and long-lasting bonds with both clients and landlords.

She worked closely with her longstanding business partner David Lebenstein in the completion of numerous transactions for organizations including the YMCA of Greater New York, The Fresh Air Fund, Lincoln Center, the City of New York, the National Urban League, United Negro College Fund, Bill Communications, Inc., Diefenbach Elkins International, Inc., NASW, The New York Times, Macmillan Journals, Ltd., and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Ms. Wysong was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) in 2002 and was a member of REBNY's Economic Development Committee, Loft and Secondary Office District Committee and Upper Manhattan Committee. Additionally, she served on the Board of Services for the Underserved (SUS) and the Center for Domestic Violence.

Prior to launching her successful career in real estate, Ms. Wysong served in the not-for-profit sector, working with institutions including North Shore Hospital, Greenwich House, The New School, New York University and Baruch College.

Ms. Wysong earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She also earned an M.S.W. from The State University at Stonybrook and held a license as a C.S.W.

Ms. Wysong is survived by her husband, William Schreiber, as well as an adult daughter, Justine Wysong of Burlington, VT; stepsons David Schreiber of Syracuse, NY, John Schreiber of Mansfield, MA and Michael Schreiber of Queens, NY; her sister, Carol Tweedy of New York, NY; her brother, Marty Alterman of Burnsville, Minnesota and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, Ms. Wysong's family requests charitable donations be made to The Fund to Combat Domestic Violence, a fund designated by Arlene through the FJC.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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