In memory of
NEIMAN--Leonard H., of New York City, passed away on January 11, 2017. He was born on January 12, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. A Veteran of World War II, he served as Japanese Interpreter in the Pacific and as a member of General Headquarters Staff in the occupation of Japan. After military service, he received a B.S. from NYU in journalism and marketing. Upon graduation in 1950, he was recognized by NYU for his work in "creating racial and religious understanding in the school" due to his co-founding of Kappa Iota Gamma, the first inter-denominational and inter-racial fraternity both at NYU and in the U.S. After graduation, he held several newspaper editorial and advertising jobs before joining the Prudential Insurance Company in 1958 and, during an impressive 40 year career, rose to be Prudential's leading agent. In the late 70's, he formed Neiman Associates, the first agent partnership to be permitted by the Prudential. He was later invited twice to speak of this partnership at the annual meetings of the million dollar roundtable. He also was among eight agents chosen to be the first in Prudential to be given computing equipment. This group, known as "the prusers," became the beta testing platform for many software applications. he also assisted in developing estate planning software that was later adopted by many financial institutions. Through his specialization in estate planning, he was elected President of the New York City Estate Planning Council and, after his Prudential career, was elected to the board of the National Association of Estate Planner and Councils (NAEPC). he helped create the Accredited Estate Planner designation (AEP). He also served on the committee that created for the American Bar Association, the process for attorneys to receive the Estate Planning Law Specialist Designation (EPLS). During his 15 year tenure on the NAEPC board, he fought for the recognition of and improved support for the more than 29,000 members and 200 local councils nationwide. He retired from the NAEPC board in 2011, and in 2012 he was awarded the coveted Hartman Axley Lifetime Service Award for "distinguished service to the estate planning profession and the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils." In 2014, he was recognized for his long service on the NAEPC membership relations committee with the creation of "The Walter Lee Davis and Leonard H. Neiman Council of Excellence Award." Concurrently, he served as President and later Executive V.P. and Treasurer of the Yorkshire Towers Tenants Association. He was also a member of the Westchester Estate Planning Council and a founding member and Director Emeritus of the Putnam County Estate Planning Council. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Varouxakis Neiman, his daughter, Leslie Goldsmith (Ron), his two grandsons, Matthew and Joshua, a sister, Rhoda Apfelbeck, and a brother, Michael Neiman (Arlene). The funeral will be held Sunday, January 15 at "The Riverside Chapel" 76th St and Amsterdam Ave at 2pm. Interment will be in Skokie, IL. His family requests that donations in his memory be sent to The Autism Society and/or The American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
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