The Commercial Finance Association’s former executive director, Leonard Machlis, has passed away. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, sons, Steven, Brian and Roger, and his daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Machlis joined the CFA in 1955, after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He acted as executive director for 38 years, retiring in 2002.

Under Machlis’ leadership and vision, the CFA grew from a small regional finance association into an international trade association representing the full gamut of financial institutions. He dedicated himself to the CFA during his career and traveled the country in furtherance of the organization’s goals.

After retiring, he and his wife moved from New Jersey to New York City to enjoy the cultural events NYC has to offer, especially the theater.

Funeral services will be held today, December 7, at 11:00 am at Riverside Memorial Chapel, located at 180 West 76th Street, Manhattan.

Following the service, the internment will be at B’nai Torah Cemetery, 250 Reid Street, Fairfield, CT.

For further details concerning arrangements, please contact the CFA.