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Shames, Motty, 1921 - 2011



  • Existence: September 5, 1921 - April 30, 2011

Motty Shames (September 5, 1921 - April 30, 2011) was a co-founder of Shames-Makovsky Realty Company in Denver. He was born in Denver to Jacob and Rose Shames, the seventh child in his family. He attended Cheltenham Elementary, Lake Junior High and West High School. He served in the US Army 1942-1945 and was stationed in North Africa, Italy, and southern France. After returning, he was a partner in the S&S Trading Company with his brothers Sam and Ray. In 1971 he started the Shames-Makovsky Realty Company with his nephew Evan Makovsky. Motty retired in 1987. He was active in the Jewish Orthodox community for his entire life. He was a member of the building committee of Zera Abraham during the 1950s, and active in the expansion of EDOS. The Shames family was devoutly Zionistic. Motty and his wife Marilyn encouraged their four children to make 'aliyah' and did so themselves in 1987. Motty passed away in Jerusalem at the age of 89, where he had lived for the last 24 years of his life. He was survived by his wife, children Jay, Judy, David, and Ari (all of which lived in Israel), 20 grand-children, 16 great-grandchildren, and sister Freida Makovsky Englard.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Box 5, 1976-2006

 File — Box: B230.02.0005
Identifier: B230.02.0005
Overview (69) file folders, include: programs, trips, newsclippings, special events
Dates: 1976-2006

Evan Makovsky Papers

Identifier: B279
Overview Evan Makovsky co-founded Shames Makovsky Realty Company in 1971 with his partner, and uncle, Motty Shames. In the 1980s he formed Shames Makovsky Mortgage Company. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and a committee member for the Rose Community Foundation. In 2007, he was named Honorary Dean of Real Estate and Construction Management of the Franklin G. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. He also began an ambitious development and...
Dates: 2007