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Roy Treuhaft (1916-2017)

Agent had expertise in industrial real estate, pursued social work

Roy Treuhaft, a retired president of the former Michael Realty Co. whose colleagues prized his expertise in industrial real estate, died Monday at Sunset Village, Sylvania Township. He was 100.

He’d been in declining health recently, his son Alec Treuhaft said. He lived most recently at the Woodlands in Ottawa Hills. Earlier, he lived in Sylvania Township and the Old Orchard neighborhood of West Toledo.




Mr. Treuhaft also was a former chairman of the Medical College of Ohio board of trustees, to which he was appointed in 1974 by then-Gov. John J. Gilligan.

His real-estate career of more than 35 years began in 1954, when Louis Michael hired him to be a specialist in industrial and commercial properties for Mr. Michael’s namesake realty firm. Mr. Treuhaft eventually became a partner, then president and chairman of the firm. In 1989, Pat Green, then The Blade’s real-estate editor, wrote that Mr. Treuhaft was “a senior statesman in Toledo’s industrial real estate community.”

Mr. Treuhaft was a “strong producer,” selling and leasing industrial and commercial properties, recalled William Kennelly, also a Michael partner and Mr. Treuhaft’s successor as president. He focused on making deals and could “set the young agents in the right direction.”

“He was extremely instrumental in keeping the company going because of his production,” Mr. Kennelly said.

Mr. Treuhaft served on the board of the Society of Industrial Realtors, was a former president of the society’s Ohio chapter, and took part in national conferences and events. As a result, his contacts from around the country were in touch when they found northwest Ohio opportunities — and kept him and Michael Realty abreast of industrial real-estate trends, Mr. Kennelly said.

An early success was the Expressway Industrial Park on Manhattan Boulevard, a first of its kind for Toledo in 1955, with proper zoning and utilities awaiting industrial businesses willing to locate there. A decade later came the Fort Industry Industrial Park on Alexis Road.

He helped develop a multi-story West Toledo physicians’ office building. Near the end of his career, he said the lack of a central economic planning authority was a detriment to the region.

“I don’t care where the control is, it ought to be centralized,” Mr. Treuhaft said in 1989.

He was a former board president of the Toledo Jewish Home for the Aged, best known as Darlington House, and served on the Jewish Community Center Board.

Born Aug. 31, 1916, to Belle and Sol Treuhaft, he was a 1934 graduate of Scott High School and attended the University of Toledo for two years. An Eagle Scout, he was assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 37. So interested was he in helping others that he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Ohio State University, his son said.

Afterward, he was general manager of a Lafayette, Ind., food service company in his wife’s family. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He later worked at a floor-covering business family members had opened.

“When Lou invited him to go to Michael Realty, and Dad said, ‘I don’t know the first thing about real estate,’ Lou’s remark was, ‘But you’ve got integrity, and that’s what counts,’” Mr. Treuhaft’s son Alex said.

He and the former Doris Hahn married in November, 1940. She died June 21, 2002.

Surviving are his sons Paul, William, and Alec Treuhaft; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will begin at 12:30 p.m. April 30 in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will then greet visitors from 3-5 p.m. in the Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim, Sylvania Township, of which he was a member.

The family suggests tributes to the UT Foundation for the Roy Treuhaft Scholarship at the college of medicine and life sciences.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: or 419-724-6182.

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