Philip S. Seltzer, 86, Developer of Office-Park Concept


Philip S. Seltzer, 86, a visionary pioneer in the field of real estate development, died Nov. 25.

Seltzer was one of the creators of the suburban office-park concept. He and his brother built the Fort Washington Business Park, which was among the first of its kind in the nation. He went on to develop some 15 million square feet of office and industrial space across the United States and Canada.

Seltzer devoted much of his time to charities such as the United Way and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, eventually assuming the presidency of the Federation.

After retirement, he took some college courses, as well as studied the Talmud — at age 86!

Seltzer is survived by his son, Eric Seltzer; his brother, William Seltzer; four grandsons; and 11 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Seltzer; another son, David Seltzer; a brother, Nathan Seltzer; and sisters Rebecca Epstein and Anne Spiegel.


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