A. Alfred Taubman passes away at 91, funeral arrangements announced

Michigan businessman and philanthropist Adolph Alfred Taubman passed away Friday at the age of 91

A funeral will be held Tuesday at a synagogue in suburban Detroit.

The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. The Ira Kaufman Chapel says that Taubman will be buried in a private ceremony at Clover Hill Park cemetery in Birmingham.

Taubman donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums. He began his first real estate business in 1950 and pioneered the development of enclosed shopping malls in Michigan, California and elsewhere in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The following is a statement released by Taubman Centers Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Taubman that was sent Friday to all Taubman employees.


"I have some very sad news to share with all of you, my father passed away this evening here in Bloomfield Hills.

This company and all that you stand for were among the greatest joys of his life. Just last month he was in Puerto Rico to celebrate with us the grand opening of The Mall at San Juan. He was so proud of what this wonderful company he founded 65 years ago has accomplished. Tonight, after dinner in his home, a heart attack took him from us, ending what was a full, extraordinary life that touched so many people in so many wonderful ways around the world. Right now it is difficult for me to express our sadness. We will be informing you of our memorial plans shortly.

One thing that will never be taken from us is Alfred Taubman's vision that will continue to guide and inspire us. Our family thanks you for all your kind thoughts and support through this very difficult time.

Robert S. Taubman"

(some info from AP used) 







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