Marshall Gelfand, one of the entertainment business management industry’s earliest icons, has died. He was 93 years old.
Gelfand died April 1 surrounded by three generations of his family, announced Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, the company he founded in 1967.
Gelfand has represented a list of prominent musical clients including Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, James Taylor and Carly Simon for over half a century. After establishing himself in New York, his firm opened offices in Los Angeles and Nashville to meet the needs not only of musicians but also of the Hollywood set.
“Marshall Gelfand has been my accountant and business manager from my first hit record to my last number one album,” Diamond said in a statement. “For almost 50 years, he was not only a trusted advisor, but also a very dear friend. I loved Marshall and I feel like I lost a member of my family. He will be greatly missed. »
The son of Russian immigrants, Gelfand was born on December 14, 1927, in Claremont, New Hampshire. He served in World War II and the Korean War, including nearly two years stationed at Pearl Harbor.
Gelfand graduated from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 1950 and New York University School of Law in 1956 and worked as a lawyer before moving into business management in 1966.
Gelfand in 2004 created The Judy Fund in memory of his wife, Judy, who died of Alzheimer’s disease. According to an announcement, it has raised over $9 million and is the largest family fund in the history of the Alzheimer’s Association. His namesake firm, which joined Focus Financial Partners in 2017, is now run by Marshall’s son, Todd Gelfand.
“My family and I, along with the entire GR&F team, mourn the loss of my father,” Todd said in a statement. “His legacy at GR&F and The Judy Fund remains as lasting as the day he founded both. If any measure of a person’s life can be determined by how loved they were and the positive impact that she had on the world around her, so there is no doubt that my father lived a rich, happy and successful life.
Gelfand is survived by his children, Todd (Doreen), Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns (Richard) and Dean Loring Gelfand (Marcie), eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be buried alongside his wife in a private family ceremony at the Wiefels & Son Mortuary in Palm Springs.