Robert Ward, CCIM

1978 CCIM Institute President and founder of the Robert L. Ward Center for Real Estate Studies

Well known for his leadership in education and also as a past president at CCIM Institute, Robert "Bob" L. Ward, CCIM, passed away on Dec. 12 at the age of 82 in Oveido, Fla. His contributions to the Institute were numerous, and his impact on CCIM education is enduring, according to CCIM Institute CEO Walt Clements, CCIM, CRE, FRICS.

As a CCIM senior instructor, Ward taught thousands of students with great passion and dedication. He possessed the unique ability to translate complicated concepts and analyses into actionable, and profitable, outcomes. For example, Ward enjoyed recounting those "Aha!" moments when he would see students connect concepts with application of the material.

CCIM faculty members revered Ward as a mentor. He never turned down a request for assistance or guidance as the curriculum - and his Excel spreadsheets - evolved over the years. Ward was well known for his spreadsheets. After one of his earliest efforts was introduced to instructors and met with great applause, CCIM Institute education consultant at the time, Richard Green, noted it was the first time he had ever seen mortgage amortization receive a standing ovation, according to Joseph Fisher, CCIM, a friend and fellow CCIM senior instructor.

Ward retired from active teaching of the CCIM Institute designation courses in 2006. Never content to sit idle, he focused his considerable energies and intellect on the development of other CCIM education endeavors.

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