Leona Helmsley

HELMSLEY--Leona. The Board of Directors, Management, and Employees of the Helmsley Organization express our deepest sympathy to the family of Leona Helmsley. We share their sadness over the passing of an extraordinary woman. She was a pioneer and a visionary in the real estate and hospitality industries. Mrs. Helmsley was the leader of our organization for many years. She was a driving force behind its success, both as an executive and as the wife and business partner of our founder Harry Helmsley. She was an astute businesswoman, well known for her extraordinary standards and commitment to excellence, a strong person who faced and overcame many challenges, and a generous philanthropist whose gifts directly impacted countless lives. She will be profoundly missed by our entire organization. The Helmsley Organization

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 22, 2007