NEW YORK CITY—Bertram F. French, whose tenureat Cushman & Wakefield began in 1947, willwork his last day on Monday, ending a storied 67-year career withthe firm.

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French, one of the most successful brokerage professionals incommercial real estate, is retiring from the firm as vice chairmanHe began his career post World War II in a role handling officeduties and later joined the brokerage ranks in the firm's DowntownManhattan office. At that time, C&W had two office locations at281 Madison Ave. and 21 West St. The firm in 1960 would begin anational expansion, establishing offices throughout the U.S. andworldwide.

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“Bert worked hard and displayed professionalism and greatloyalty to the firm throughout his entire career, and it'ssomething that I always admired about him,” says C&W EVPRobert F.R. Ballard, who is a close friend andcolleague of French having worked at C&W for more than 45years. “He's had a fabulous career and will always be known aroundC&W and in the industry as one of the most respected names incommercial real estate.”

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French was involved in some of Manhattan's most significantoffice leases and building sales. Some of his most notabletransactions include handling the New York Telephone Company's1.3-million-square-foot lease at 1095 Ave. of the Americas, theassembling of land and development of a 1-million-square-footoffice building for Continental Insurance Corp.'s headquarters at180 Maiden Lane and the land acquisition and leasing of the1-million-square-foot One Seaport Plaza.

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One of his most recognizable transactions was representing DeanWitter in a 1-million-square-foot, 20-year lease at 2 World TradeCenter. The transaction was said to be valued at $800 million. DeanWitter had offices throughout the Wall Street area, and thetransaction allowed them to consolidate into 24 floors in the WorldTrade Center, becoming the major tenant in the building.

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French was recognized for his work through several industryawards, including the 2001 Louis Smadbeck Memorial BrokerRecognition Award, which honors a brokerage professional whosecareer distinctions include personal and professional integrity,long-term leadership, and prominence in the brokerage community. Heserved as the Real Estate Board of New York Chairperson from 1980through 1982 and sat on the Board's Executive Committee. Additionalhonors included the Keystone Award from the Federation ofProtestant Welfare Agencies in 2000, which recognizes individualswho have made significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers from diverse faiths and walks of life, and theMan of the Year Award from Talbot Perkins Children's Services.

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John Jordan

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