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Legendary Dallas CRE Director Robert Grunnah Dies at Age 80

By meerna Jul11,2024
Legendary Dallas CRE Director Robert Grunnah Dies at Age 80

Robert Grunnah, one of North Texas’ most prominent commercial real estate executives, died July 5 at age 80 from complications following a stroke.


Courtesy of Robert Grunnah Jr.

Robert Grunnah

Grunnah’s career began in 1971 when he was named president of the investment and land division of Henry S. Miller Cos. He then joined Younger Partners as a managing director in 2014, where he remained until his retirement in 2023. Grunnah also served as president and CEO of Newmarket Group Southwest and president of Reliance Securities Corp.

“Robert was an icon in shaping the commercial real estate market in the Metroplex,” Moody Younger, co-managing partner of Younger Partners, said in an email. Bisnow“A true visionary, his enthusiasm and influence have had a profound impact on the culture of our company and the commercial real estate community as a whole.

“Robert was generous with both his time and his knowledge. It was a blessing and an honor to work with such a legend. His presence and friendship will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

Grunnah received the 2024 Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors for his contributions to the industry.

In addition to helping launch the NTCAR Hall of Fame event in 1987, Grunnah was co-founder, chairman and director of the Land Council of North Texas. He also served as vice chairman and board governor of the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors and co-publisher of the first three editions Dallas/Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate Book. In 1998, he was the recipient of the NTCAR Stemmons Service Award.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of my best friends and mentors,” wrote Darrell Hurmis, executive vice president and head of land and investments at Henry S. Miller. Bisnow“This is a huge loss to the North Texas commercial real estate community. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.”

Outside of CRE, Grunnah was a decorated veteran who served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1971. He had a passion for Thoroughbreds and horses, which he bred and raced on his farm in Edgewood and at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

Grunnah is survived by “the love of his life, Jeri, his son, Robert Jr., and his daughter, Elizabeth,” Robert Jr. said. Bisnow by e-mail.

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