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In memoriam: Ira Beer FFCSI

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Renowned industry leader Ira Beer, a fellow of FCSI, has passed away. His colleague Robert Doland FCSI reflects on a "friend and inspiration"

Renowned foodservice consultant and industry leader Ira Beer passed away on Tuesday April 21.

Ira’s remarkable career started in the 1960’s and spanned six decades. Beer proudly served on FCSI’s Board and was appointed to its Council of Fellows in 1995.

He was a great innovator and among the first consultants to embrace the computer revolution. Ira maintained a virtual Who’s Who of corporate clients, law firms, developers and cultural institutions.

A friend and inspiration

He was a successful educator, author and businessman; an adventurous world traveler, a philanthropist, and most importantly a friend and inspiration to all who knew him.

In 1976 he founded Beer Associates. In 2011 Gary Jacobs and I were honored to join him at what became Jacobs Doland Beer.

During his recent retirement he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and pursuing many charitable endeavors, most notably the Yeshiva of South Shore where a memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife Gisele, sons Michael and Jeffrey, grandchildren Jonathan, Zachary, Jamie, Tamar, Michal, Yonatan, Sari, and Azi and his sister Anita.

Robert Doland FCSI