David T. Houston Jr.

David T. Houston Jr. of Short Hills, N.J., passed away suddenly, with his family by his side, on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the William R. Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave., Summit. Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church in Short Hills. Cremation will be private. David was a life time New Jersey resident, graduating from the Pingry School and Dartmouth College and receiving an M.B.A. from Columbia University. David started his real estate career with the David Houston Co. in 1971, shortly after his tour as a naval officer, and quickly rose through the ranks to become its president. Since that time, David was instrumental in growing the firm to one of the most prestigious and well respected firms in New Jersey. He led the organization to become Colliers Houston & Co. and most recently the firm was merged into Cassidy Turley, a national real estate service provider firm. Considered one of the premier brokers and consultants in the New Jersey real estate industry, David was passionate regarding serving on various boards and simply giving back to the community. The many organizations and advisory groups in which he was active include The National Association of Realtors, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, IOREBA, Port Authority Development Advisory Committee and The Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act Advisory Committee. He served on many of the above groups as chairman or president. He was also a fellow in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Counselors of Real Estate. He was a frequent speaker at many real estate events throughout the country. David is survived by Jane, his wife of 42 years; his three sons, William Houston and his wife, Meghan, of Morris Plains, N.J., their son, David's beloved grandson, Liam; Dr. James Houston of Seattle, Wash., and Andrew Houston and his fiancee, Elizabeth Verhagen of New York City. He is also survived by his two sisters, Cindy Houston and her partner, Rete Carie, of Bloomington, Ind., and Anne Bentzen, her husband Rick, and her family, of Armonk, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in David's memory may be sent to The Scholarship Fund at SIOR, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20005 or Children's Aid and Family Services, 200 Robin Road, Paramus, N.J. 07652.