LEONARD DOBBS

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DOBBS--Leonard, of New York City, died peacefully at home on January 12, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, New York to the late Sophie and Morris Dubrowsky in 1932. Beloved father of Loren, Candice and Rochelle with his former wife Gloria Dobbs. Dear brother of Fred Dubrowsky and the late Irving Dubrowsky, as well as loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Devoted companion of Linda Steinberg of New York City. Leonard graduated from New York University's School of Commerce, Beta Gamma Sigma, in 1953. He went on to faithfully serve as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Armed Forces during the Korean War. His career started in advertising at the firm Doyle Dane Bernbach where he was a creative director and managed the account for the exclusive Ohrbach's department store. Subsequently, he was hired by the Ohrbach's family, where he was elevated to the position of Executive Vice President responsible for real estate development. His great expertise in real estate and shopping centers led him to the Taubman Realty Group where he joined as a partner in the late 70's. Some of the most notable projects in which he was involved include Queens Center Mall, Stamford Town Center and The Mall at Short Hills. Leonard's love for art led him to travel the world where he sponsored many talented, growing artists, including Dale Chihuly. He became an expert and avid collector of glass art and traveled as a guest of Chihuly to Israel in 2000 for a unique exhibition at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem. Leonard was a gifted, creative and courageous soul with a deep passion for life, nature, art, and all things beautiful. He was also a brilliant writer of poems. Below is an excerpt from a favorite poem by the poet William Penn: "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated from it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided, that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record of their friendship. If absence be not death, neither is theirs. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still". In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Stand Up To Cancer at www.standup2cancer.org.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 14, 2014
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