Jeffrey Lenn, CCIM


A long-time academic consultant to CCIM Institute for instructors, strategic planning, and leadership development, D. Jeffrey Lenn, Ph.D., passed away on May 4 in Alexandria, Va., due to complications after heart surgery. He was 76 years old.

A professor at George Washington University, Dr. Lenn became involved with CCIM Institute in the early 1980s through his teaching associate, Stephen Messner, Ph.D., from the University of Connecticut. For three decades, he was engaged in faculty management and development of CCIM Institute faculty and often assisted with the Institute’s strategic planning process. From 2003 to 2013, Dr. Lenn helped to develop and facilitate the Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy.

“For those Jeff touched over the years in anything related to CCIM, he will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, great sense of humor, and thoughtful advice,” says Susan J. Groeneveld, CCIM, executive vice president emeritus of CCIM Institute. “He had the ability to make the individual that he spoke to feel like the most important person in the world.”

In recognition of his contributions, CCIM Institute granted Dr. Lenn an honorary CCIM designation in 2008.

Most recently, he had been assisting with the planning and execution of CCIM Institute’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Lenn attended the Midyear Governance Meetings, April 1–5, in Chicago and interviewed several attendees on videotape to commemorate the celebration, including many of the past CCIM Institute presidents.

At George Washington University School of Business, he was a professor emeritus of Strategic Management and Public Policy. In 2015, Dr. Lenn was honored as the Instructor of the Year by the George Washington University Executive MBA Program.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1940, in Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Lenn earned his bachelor’s degree in science at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree at Yale University, and a doctorate degree at Boston College. After completing college, he also earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Andover Newton Theological School.

Preceding Dr. Lenn in death, his wife, Marjorie Pearce Lenn, passed away on Oct. 16, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Pearce Lenn.

The Lenn and Peace families invite you to attend a service to celebrate the life of Dr. D. Jeffrey Lenn

to be held Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 AM

at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA

*A reception follows.*