Marshall Bennett

Marshall Bennett
Bornc. 1915
Chicago, Illinois
DiedOctober 13, 2018 (age 97)
SpouseArlene Gettelman

Marshall Bennett (c. 1915 – October 13, 2018) was an American real estate developer who is credited with developing the modern industrial park.


Bennett was born to a Jewish family in Chicago and raised in the South Shore neighborhood.[1] He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.[1] In the 1950s, Bennett partnered with Louis S. Kahnweiler and Jay Pritzker to develop the Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove Village.[1]

Bennett served on the board of the East-West Institute; and co-founded the Chicago Ten which brought Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders together promote economic-based solutions for peace in the Middle East.[1] In 2002, he founded the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University.[1] Bennet hosted the "Marshall Bennett Classic" at his home in Sun Valley, Idaho which brought together the Top 100 real developers across the United States.[1]

Personal life

In 1948, he married Arlene Gettelman; they had two children: Alice Bennett Groh and Bija Bennett.[1][2] He died on October 13, 2018 at his home in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Services were held at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mitch, Dudek (October 14, 2018). "Marshall Bennett helped develop the industrial real estate market in Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times.
  2. ^ "BENNETT, MARSHALL 97. Beloved husband of Arlene (nee Gettelman). Loving father of Bija Bennett and Alice (the late Trauger) Bennett Groh". Jewish United Fund. October 24, 2018.
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