Resident of Garrison and Manhattan
James R. Endler, 82, of Garrison and Manhattan, died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on March 24, 2012 after a long illness. Endler was born in Passaic, New Jersey, the son of the late David and Fannie B. Endler. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon), Columbia University, and was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1953. Commissioned in the Corps of Engineers, he served in Korea with the 5th Regimental Combat team, and was later assigned to the faculty of the Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Upon leaving the service, Endler joined national realty and construction firm Webb and Knapp, managing the construction of buildings in New York and Washington, D.C. In 1961 he joined Tishman Realty and Construction Company, where soon into his tenure he was designated Project Executive, leading a team of experienced construction managers, engineers, superintendents, and administrators in the construction of the World Trade Center towers and complex, which included the PATH subway station and Church Street office buildings. He then repeated his role as Project Executive in the construction of Renaissance Center in Detroit, and EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which opened in 1982.
Endler retired from Tishman in 1983 as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice-Chairman. During retirement he published Other Leaders, Other Heroes, West Point’s Legacy to America Beyond the Field of Battle. This work details the non-combat contributions of Military Academy graduates to the growth and development of the United States from 1802 to the present.
Endler is survived by his wife of 57 years, Myra Thayer Endler, as well as his son, Peter Endler, daughter-in-law Anne Endler, daughter Julianne Heckert, son-in-law Paul Heckert, and his grandsons Hudson and Henry Heckert, all of Garrison. Also surviving is sister Sheila Kiviat and brother-in-law Jack Kiviat of Landisville, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of James R. Endler to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598.