NEW YORK CITY-MacRae Parker, who worked for Brown Harris Stevens since 1961, passed away at home here last week at the age of 90.
Parker was senior vice president and managing director of the New York City-based brokerage firm. “Mac will be remembered as a true gentleman, respected pillar of the industry and philanthropist,” Brown Harris Stevens said in a statement.
A graduate of Yale University, Parker initially worked on his family farm in Virginia and was an agricultural chemicals salesman before joining Brown Harris Stevens in 1961, according to the Real Deal.
Over his storied career, Parker sold several high-end townhouses, including 22 East 67th St. and 179 East 80th St., as well as numerous condos and co-ops all over Manhattan. He earned the Real Estate Board of New York’s Henry Forster Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. The same year he was inducted into Brown Harris Stevens’ Circle of Excellence.
On the company’s website, a memoriam to Parker included the veteran broker’s thoughts on his career in real estate. “Looking back over the years I cannot imagine any other work that would have given me more satisfaction than a career in real estate. I like the continuous challenge of finding the right property for each individual with whom I work as well as finding the right value for each person for whom I am selling. In this synthesis I find a lasting sense of accomplishment. When you sum up this business of being a real estate broker it is the creative aspect which provides a refreshing challenge.”
A memorial service for Parker will be held on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Christ Church, located on Park Avenue at 60th Street. See story in The Real Deal.