By  on August 22, 2007

Former International Council of Shopping Centers chairman Charles Grossman died of lung cancer Saturday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan. He was 63.

Grossman, a member of ICSC for more than 30 years, served as the trade organization's 46th chairman from 2005 to 2006. Grossman was managing director at ING Clarion Partners, a public and private market real estate advisory and management company, from which he retired earlier this year.

"Charlie played a key role in the evolution of ICSC," Michael Kercheval, ICSC president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Grossman served on ICSC's Educational Foundation's board of trustees and, despite his illness, volunteered as executive director of the foundation after his retirement from ING.

"Up until the final days of his life, Charlie worked to transform the foundation into a major instrument of good for the retail real estate industry," Kercheval said.

ICSC has more than 65,000 members, including shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, and retailers, among others, in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 countries.

Grossman, a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University School of Business, is survived by his wife, Carol, and two daughters, Ellie and Laura.

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