Martin Adler

Martin Adler, 89, of Rumson, passed away peacefully on Monday July 2, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.

Born in 1922 in Brooklyn to European immigrant parents Solomon and Hannah Adler, Mr. Adler was the youngest of four children. He served in the US Army as a Sargent in WWII.

Upon returning from WWII, Marty ran numerous hotels and restaurants, culminating in the Grand Hotel of Hoboken NJ, when it was the scene of the 1954 Academy Award winning Elia Kazan film On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando.

Adler met Shirley Woolf, the love of his life, while walking along the beach in Fire Island, NY, in 1963. He was selling homes as a real estate agent for the Kislak Company at the time, and she had finished a job as a secretary in New York City, after growing up in London. It was love at first sight.

Adler rose through the ranks of the Kislak Company – the New Jersey area’s largest real estate brokerage firm for apartment buildings and multifamily complexes. Eventually, Adler became both the president of Kislak and founding president of the NJ Apartment Association.

He was active in many philanthropies, and a member of Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson.

Martin and Shirley remained sweethearts every day of the rest of his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Solomon and Hannah Adler, two brothers, David and Judge Gerald Adler, and a sister, Ruth Travitsky.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, son Spencer, daughter Laura, and beloved caregiver Manana.

Graveside services are Tuesday 12:00 noon at Congregation B’nai Israel cemetery, Riverdale Ave. Tinton Falls. Shiva will be observed at the Adler residence in Rumson on the fourth of July.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged, to the Rumson First Aid and Police Departments.


  • Graveside Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Martin Adler

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November 7, 2012

Dear Shirley, I accidently found your name on facebook and also that Marty
had passed away. I was an old friend of his from Bklyn. I think you recall me
as Doris Deutsch (Schacht.) I was really upset to read of his demise. He
seemed the kind of person who would live forever. My sincerest sympathy
to you and your family. He spoke so highly of you. Sadly, Doris

Dulcie and Clive Muncaster

July 17, 2012

Shirley and family, Although we never met your beloved husband and father we knew that he was a special person. The obituary brought tears to our eyes and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dulcie and Clive, Princeton NJ

Alexandra Frederick

July 12, 2012

Shirley, I just met you and did not know your dear husband, but the obituary was so touching and sweet. You must have had such a happy life together. I feel so sad for you, but happy to have met you. Thinking of you.

July 7, 2012

Shirley and family - My sincerest condolences to you in the death of your beloved husband and father. My prayers are with you. May God's grace give you strength to endure. Blessings and peace.

Girdie B Washington
Brookdale Alum

July 5, 2012

Shirley, Please accept my deepest sympathy. I got a call from Nany Gail but I was in Mass. so heard the sad news today. My prayers are with you and your family. Rene O'Neil

Marc Bonagura

July 4, 2012

Dear Shirley, Laura, and Spencer,
I'm very sorry for your loss. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Adler, I feel like I knew him because of Shirley's writings. I know he was a great man. I hope all the wonderful times you all spent together will be of some comfort now--keep those memories alive and cherish them--they don't make men like Mr. Adler anymore.
Marc Bonagura

David Skolnik

July 3, 2012

Dear Shirley, Spencer, Laura. I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved Martin. I don't know if you remember, but Martin was instrumental in bringing me to The Kislak Company in July '85 as the company's then pr director. Your father/husband was a real estate icon. He was witty, insightful, intelligent and quite charming. From the time I was at Kislak from '85-90', he was not only my boss, but a dear friend. When I woke up this morning, I felt God pulling at my heart, but I didn't know why. Once I got to my laptop and checked my e-mails, I saw that Andy Griffith passed today. Then I checked my facebook messages and the name Kislak came to mind. Now I know why. I will miss you Martin Adler. God blessed me with your friendship.

Sharon Russin

July 3, 2012

Uncle Marty was a unique man who will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our sincere condolences to Aunt Shirley and our cousins, Laura and Spencer. With much affection -- Sharon, Michael, Adam, Mark, Evi, Peter, Stephanie