WASHINGTON, DC-Jeff Lubar, director of communications for theMortgage Insurance Cos. of America, died last week after a battlewith cancer. Also a long-term member of the National Association ofReal Estate Editors, Lubar had strong ties through the commercialreal estate industry.

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Prior to joining MICA, Lubar was vice president of publicaffairs for the National Association of Realtors and director ofcommunications for HomeGain.com. He had also served as Washingtonbureau chief of Susquehanna Broadcasting Co. He was active withNAREE member for 25 years, serving as the association’s vicepresident as well as a board member throughout that time. At thetime of his death, he was head of NAREE's marketing committee. Heis survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children.

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His loss is deeply felt throughout the real estate community,Sue Ironfield, director of legislative and regulatory at MICA,tells GlobeSt.com. “Personally and professionally, he was one ofthe best people we ever worked with. One of the best--he will begreatly missed.”

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Michael G. Desiato, vice president and group publisher of ALM'sReal Estate Media Group, echoes her sentiments. “It is with deepsadness, both personally and professionally, that I learn about thepassing of Jeff Lubar. I will always hold a warm spot in my heartfor Jeff," he says. "A true gentleman and friend, Jeff’snever-ending guidance, wisdom and timely humor was a valuablecompass during my tenure as president and chairman of NAREE.”Desiato was president of NAREE in 2004 and chairman in2005.

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