April 17, 1931 – September 6, 2020
With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that Lee Markoff passed away this weekend. Affectionately known as Mr. Lee, he was a true gentleman and gem of a human being. I can’t say enough positive about Mr. Lee, who always had a wonderfully upbeat attitude, smile on his face, and a selfless and caring approach to everyone whom he came into contact with.
I recall the first time I met Mr. Lee in October 2009 at the onset of the Smith Barney merger and formation of our Complex, and despite the uncertainty and angst for many, he wanted me to know that he was there to be helpful to me and the overall business, and that he was excited and optimistic about the changes that were in front of us. That was classic Mr. Lee, always thinking about others, and seeing the glass as way more than half full. That left an indelible mark on me, and set the tone for our relationship for years to come.
For many years, it was also well known that Mr. Lee was the first person to make it into the office, often to the dismay of John Alekna who jokingly competed with Mr. Lee for that honor
He was a pioneer and entrepreneur, having formed his eponymous firm named Markoff & Co from 1962-75 (after a brief stint at Burbank which later became from AG Edwards), and then moving to EF Hutton in 1975. For the last 45 years starting at Hutton, and now Morgan Stanley, he has been a culture carrier and quintessential customer’s man beloved by many at our company. He will be sorely missed, and we wish his son Gary, daughters Laurie and Wendy, and Amy Shulman our sincerest condolences.
Finally, with Covid and family preferences, it’s not clear if any services will take place at this time. I will provide further updates if this changes.
Regards, David Swartz Managing Director Complex Manager Morgan Stanley