Robert I. Lansburgh Texas business leader


Services for Robert I. Lansburgh, a Baltimore-born businessman in Texas and longtime member of the Dallas Trade Mart board of governors, will be at 10 a.m. today at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas.

Mr. Lansburgh, who was 73, died Friday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas after a brief illness.

A grandson of merchant-philanthropist Jacob Epstein and son of the late Sidney Lansburgh, Mr. Lansburgh grew up in Northwest Baltimore.

He was a 1936 graduate of the Park School and received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in 1940.

After serving in the Army quartermaster corps during World War II, Mr. Lansburgh worked for the Charles Stores, a family business based in New York, and attended business school.

From 1951 until his retirement in 1989, Mr. Lansburgh was vice president of Select Imports Inc., a Dallas business that imports and wholesales decorative home accessories.

He was a board member and consultant to Washington-based Raleigh Stores Corp., a retail chain headed by a brother, Sidney Lansburgh Jr., who also served as president of Sinai Hospital and the Peabody Institute before his death in 1983.

Robert Lansburgh was a former president of Associated Jewish Charities. He was a member of the board of governors for 24 years and chairman in 1963 of the Trade Mart, the destination of President John F. Kennedy for a speech when he was assassinated on his Dallas motorcade's route that Nov. 22.

Survivors include his wife of the past five years, the former Helen Weisman; a daughter, Karen M. Lansburgh of Dallas; four sons, Robert M. Lansburgh and Alfred, Michael and David Zeve, all of Dallas; a brother, Richard Lansburgh of Baltimore; and a sister, Elizabeth L. Klee of Washington.

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