John Louis Tishman (January 24, 1926 – February 6, 2016) was an American real-estate developer, and chief executive officer of Tishman Realty & Construction.

John L. Tishman
John Louis Tishman

(1926-01-24)January 24, 1926
DiedFebruary 6, 2016(2016-02-06) (aged 90)
Bedford, New York, U.S.
EducationB.S. University of Michigan
OccupationReal estate developer
Spouse(s)Suzanne Weisberg
ChildrenDaniel Tishman
Katherine Tishman Blacklock
FamilyRobert Tishman (cousin)
Paul Tishman (uncle)



John Louis Tishman was born to Jewish parents, Rose and Louis Tishman,[1] on January 24, 1926, in New York City.[2][3][4] His father worked in the family construction business founded by his grandfather Julius Tishman and died when he was 4.[2] In 1946, he graduated from University of Michigan, where he studied electrical engineering.[2] After school, he served in the United States Navy and then taught mathematics before joining the family construction business, Tishman Realty & Construction, then run by his uncle David Tishman (father of Robert Tishman, the co-founder of Tishman Speyer Properties).[2] The firm acted as both a developer and general contractor until 1980, when it became solely a construction firm.[2]

He was manager during the construction of Madison Square Garden, the John Hancock Center, and the first World Trade Center.


He established the Tishman Construction Management Program, at University of Michigan, with a $5 million gift.[5] He supported the New School, with a $1 million gift.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1953, he married Suzanne Weisberg (died 2005); they had two children, Daniel Russell Tishman and Katherine Tishman Blacklock.[2][7] His son Dan is chairman and CEO of the family company renamed the Tishman Construction Corporation.[8][9]


Tishman died on February 6, 2016, at his home in Bedford, New York.[4]


  1. ^ Jewish Virtual Library: "TISHMAN" retrieved February 12, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e f Dunlap, David W. (2016-02-10). "John Tishman, an Acrophobe Who Took the Manhattan Skyline to New Heights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  3. ^ Dunlap, David W. (2016-02-06). "John L. Tishman, Builder Who Shaped American Skylines, Dies at 90". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  4. ^ a b Times staff and wire reports (February 6, 2016). "John Tishman dies at 90; New York developer whose firm shaped L.A. skyline". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  5. ^ "Giving Legacy: John L. Tishman | Civil and Environmental Engineering". Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  6. ^ "A New Generation of Philanthropy: Daniel and Sheryl Tishman Make $1 Million Gift". The New School News. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  7. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths TISHMAN, SUSAN WEISBERG" August 11, 2005
  8. ^ The Real Deal: "Dan Tishman" by Candace Taylor retrieved February 12, 2016
  9. ^ Marino, Vivian (January 29, 2010). "Square Feet, the 30-Minute Interview: Daniel R. Tishman". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-13.

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