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Leopold Adler II

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“Shirley & I are full of memories of Lee & Emma and thanks for their many kindnesses. We will miss Lee and send solace to Emma ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Irving C. Sheldon - Saunderstown, RI

“Dear Emma, I am so sorry to read of Lees passing.There was a time when the two of you were such influential people in my life. He did so much for his...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Katharine Cook - Bluffton, SC

“Dear Emma, I was deeply saddened to learn of Lee’s passing. Our sweet Savannah, like countless towns across the country, owes much of its...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Paula Wallace - Savannah, GA

“Please, accept my sincerest condolences upon the passing of Mr. Adler. His vital contributions to the greater Savannah community will long be...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Cynthia Farr Kinkel - GA

“Lee was one of the great influences on my life. He mentored me starting in 1973, advised us hugely in our work to restore Historic Galveston (TX) and...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Peter Brink - Norwich, VT

“Although many have contributed to the preservation of Savannah's unique historical environment, Lee Adler with Emma beside him was the leader...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Elizabeth A. Lyon (Liz) - GA

“We are thinking about you during this very sad time. Please know that we have you in our prayers. Don and Judy Braun ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: DON AND JUDY BRAUN - SAVANNAH, GA

“This morning I was deeply saddened to hear of Lee's passing. My prayers and sympathy are with you, Emma, in your time of great sorrow. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Dale Fleck - Helena, MI

“Emma and John - How sad this news makes me. I cannot begin to express how much I adored Lee. He was an inspiration to me in so many ways - with...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Julie Thomasson Mooney - Durham, NC

“SAVANNAH HAS LOST A GREAT MAN. THE ADLER FAMILY WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: CLARK AND JENNY LANE - SAVANNAH, GA

“Mrs. Adler: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mr. Adler was a brilliant man and a real gentleman. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Philip Saraf - Savannah, GA

“I am so thankful to Lee who got me started in a career that spanned 40 years in historic preservation. He was my true mentor and friend who I...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: J. Reid Williamson Jr - savannah, GA

“Emma, We are thinking about you in this time of sorrow. -George & Shirley Oelschig ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: George & Shirley Oelschig - GA

“Lee Adler brought energy, ideas, and leadership into focus to preserve Savannah as both a built environment and community. It isn’t often that...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy and John Beck - Conyers, GA

“All who love and work to preserve and beautify Savannah stand on the shoulders of a few giants, most especially Lee. What a treasure he was to this...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Ardis and Ray Wood - Savannah, GA

“I worked right after graduating from college (1976) for Savannah Landmark and lived just across Monterey Square on East Taylor Street from the Adlers...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Pam Hollings McConnell - SC

“Emma, On behalf of Historic Savannah Foundation, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Lee. He was "Mr. Preservation" to me, but...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Daniel G. Carey - Savannah, GA

“Our first night in Savannah was as guests of Lee and Emma. Billy went to work with Lee at Varnadoe & Chisholm and that began a life long friendship....Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Mary and Billy Burdell - GA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Lee will certainly be missed in this community. He made many wonderful contributions in the historic arena. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Martin Karp - Savannah, GA

“Michele and I are proud to have been numbered among Lee's friends....our thoughts are with the Adler family, Alex Raskin ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: alex, michele raskin - savannah, GA

“I met Mr Adler a few months ago when I sang and entertained the residents at the Oak on Skidaway Island. I was taken with his genuine smile and...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Debi Burk Scott - Savannah, GA


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Savannah- Lee Adler, a native Savannahian, born April 18, 1923, died peacefully at The Oaks on Skidaway Island, January 29, 2012. He is the son of Sam G. Adler and Elinor Grunsfeld Adler. His grandfather, Leopold Adler, came to Savannah in the 19th Century and founded Adler's Department Store which was located on the southeast corner of Bull and Broughton Streets. Lee Adler attended the Pape School in Savannah, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. He worked at Adler's for a few years before devoting his business career to investment banking at Varnedoe-Chisholm/Robinson Humphrey. His avocation was historic preservation. He served as president of Historic Savannah Foundation for six years and was also a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation where he received the Louise Dupont Crowninshield Award, the Trust's highest honor. He was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, presented by George H.W. Bush in 1989. He spoke on historic preservation in 38 states and in the following countries: England, Ireland, Japan, Ecuador and Peru. Mr. Adler founded Savannah Landmark, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing safe affordable housing for low-income residents. In Washington, D.C. he gave a presentation on this organization at a meeting arranged for Prince Charles, who was interested in this endeavor. He loved his family and many friends. His enthusiasm and love of life showed itself in the following activities: fishing, hunting, tennis and golf. Many remember his adventures in the gulfstream in his boat, The Sweet Potato, and his classic dove hunts at the family's farm in South Carolina. He traveled with his family in 42 countries, taking excellent pictures in exotic places. There was never a dull moment. Surviving members of his immediate family are: his wife of 58 years, Emma Morel Adler, a son, John Morel Adler and his wife, Leigh Ann Davidson Adler of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and grandchildren, Margaret L. Adler and Leopold (Lee) Adler, IV of Savannah; a brother, Sam G. Adler, Jr. of Leawood, Kansas, a niece, Samantha Dinsmore of Palo Alto, CA; and a nephew, Robert G. Adler, also of Palo Alto. Remembrances may be sent to Music Activities at The Oaks, 95 Skidaway Island Park Road, Savannah, GA 31411 or Historic Savannah Foundation, P.O. Box 1733, Savannah, GA 31402, or to the charity of your choice. There will be a private graveside service at Bonaventure Cemetery with Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel in charge.

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