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Stamford real estate leader Henry Ashforth Jr. dead at 73.

Henry Adams Ashforth, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn. died peacefully in a Stamford hospital on Sept. 21 after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

He was the former chairman and chief executive officer of The Ashforth Company, a real estate company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., and former chairman and chief executive officer of Albert B. Ashforth, Inc. Ashforth was also a director and former chairman of UNICO Properties, a Seattle-based real estate company.

Ashforth's grandfather Albert B. Ashforth founded the company, which was then called Ashforth & Duryee in Manhattan in 1896. After college, Ashforth joined the company and, in 1972, became its chairman and chief executive. During his tenure, Ashforth was one of the first in the real estate business to bring companies to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1981, the company moved its headquarters to Stamford and began focusing on the New York City suburbs but still maintained a brokerage office in Manhattan until 1991. The company is still affiliated with Ashforth Warburg. Associates, a residential brokerage firm that specializes in luxury Manhattan apartments. The Ashforth Company has about 300 employees.

Among Ashforth properties are Stamford Square, which the company built with partners GE Capital in 1980, and Greenwich Plaza, 315,000 SF office complex, built in 1970. In 1989, the company was named the exclusive property managers for Stamford Harbor, a 400,000 SF, two-building waterfront complex.

He also served as trustee and chairman of The Greenwich Library, Trustee of The Greenwich Boys Club, president and director of The East Side Association, director of ICD Rehabilitation .& Research Center, chairman of the Young. Men's Real Estate Association of New York, trustee of The New York Association for the Blind, trustee of The Greenwich Hospital Association, trustee of The Ethel Walker School, and trustee of Gallaudet University, sharing his time and knowledge to promote their success. He was also a member of various clubs including The Links and The Racquet Club in New York, The Greenwich Field Club-former president, and The Round Hill Club of Greenwich.

In the tradition of his great grandmother, Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, who. started the first free public library in Greenwich in 1895, Ashforth led the development of its 'recent addition. He considered this one of his greatest achievements and contributions to the library and the town of Greenwich.

He served in the U.S. Army as Private First Class from October 1946 to March 1948 - Korean Occupation Force.

Ashforth was born Jan. 5, 1928 in New York City, the son of Henry Adams Ashforth, Sr. and Elizabeth Anderson Ashforth of Greenwich, Conn. He attended Greenwich Country Day School, graduated from Milton Academy and Yale University, Class of 1952, and was a member of Scroll and Key and Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was a grandson of Albert B. Ashforth of New York. He married the former Georgia McCampbell Perkins on Sept. 11, 1954 and lived in Greenwich, Conn. and Peru, Vt.

He is survived by his wife; sons Henry Ashforth III of Portland, Ore., who is chief executive officer of Ashforth Pacific, Andrew B. of New Canaan who is co-chief executive of the company, and Thomas A. of Greenwich who is vice president of the Ashforth Company; sisters Eleanor A. Harvey of Stonington, Conn., and Mama A. of Santa Cruz, Calif.; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Bacon of Sutton, Mass., Katherine A. Wiener of Park City, Utah, and Margaret M. of Keene, N.H.; and fourteen grandchildren.

He is also survived by his stepmother, Elsie L. of Rye, N.Y.; his stepbrothers, Alden B. of New Orleans and Peter Madden of Manhattan; and his stepsister, Christina M. Whitman of Manhattan.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 25 at Christ Church. 254 East Putnam Ave Greenwich. Conn.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Oct 10, 2001
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