Myrna Kobre, a past president of Columbus REALTORS® and of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®, died peacefully with her son and daughter by her side on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.
She was the 71st president of Columbus Board of REALTORS® and the first woman elected to this position. Myrna took over the reins in 1979 and, under her leadership, Columbus Board of REALTORS® and the Southeast Career Center sold its third model home built by young people through the career center’s Home Construction Project; established the first Buckeye Federal-Columbus Board of REALTORS® Scholarship Program for collegiate students majoring in real estate; told the public that “Now is the time to buy a home” through a special radio campaign with WCOL; adopted the Affirmative Marketing Agreement with HUD; created an innovative Video Theatre; and confirmed our commitment to education by providing a variety of seminars that year.
Myrna also spearheaded the Board’s participation in the Adopt-A-School Program, which matched area businesses with Columbus City Schools. Program participants took a school under its wings and worked with and mentored its students. This project is one that Myrna had been very proud of and committed to -- earning her the nickname Godmother of Adopt-a-School.
Prior to her retirement in 2011, Myrna had been an active REALTOR® member for 46 years. She began her real estate career in 1965, and five years later opened her own real estate company. To avoid competing with her residential sales agents, she decided to work the commercial real estate market.
Shortly, thereafter, she merged her company with HER and became head of their Commercial Division where, in addition to commercial sales, she and her team launched the first ever property management division.
Myrna has received many industry and community awards, including Columbus Board of REALTORS®’ Broker of the Year in 1984, and the YWCA Women of Achievement Award.
She is survived by her daughter Valerie Bacharach; son Michael and two grandchildren, Jacob Bacharach and Hannah Kobre.
According to her family, working in real estate was a pleasure and joy for Myrna and they are all incredibly proud of all that she accomplished.
A private funeral service will be held for Myna on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Pittsburg. In her memory, donations can be made to Sivitz Jewish Hospice, 200 JHF Dr., Pittsburg, PA 15217.