BROKER INDUSTRY TO MISS PIONEER JULIUS SCHAEFER

BROKER INDUSTRY TO MISS PIONEER JULIUS SCHAEFER

The transportation broker industry lost a founding father with the passing of Julius Schaefer.

Mr. Schaefer, one of a handful of active licensed brokers who operated in the years prior to the deregulation of the nation's motor carrier and railroad industries, died March 23 at the age of 72 from heart failure.A co-founder of the Transportation Brokers Conference of America and former vice president of the group, Mr. Schaefer operated his own freight brokerage, Julius Schaefer Associates Inc., New York, until 1984, when he sold the company to Ryder Systems Inc. He was also a 30-year member and past president of Delta Nu Alpha, the transportation fraternity.

Mr. Schaefer's most recent venture was Crossroads Forwarding Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and North Miami Beach, Fla. The company will continue in business.

Mr. Schaefer is survived by his wife, Goldie; his daughter, Barbara Engber; a son, Barry; and a sister, Mrs. Mina Stein.

A former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army's Transportation Corps, Mr. Schaefer was stationed in Okinawa and arranged transport for soldiers returning home.

"When he was hospitalized for overwork, it was the beginning of my realization my husband was a workaholic," his wife said.

Mr. Schaefer was a straight-up businessman, recalled Robert Walters, president of Freight Management Inc., Anaheim, Calif. "Julius was the type who could look at a shipper's total freight package and could find an honest solution. He was honest," Mr. Walters said.

Mr. Schaefer, who was commander of the Jewish War Veterans in Bergen County, N.J., will be honored by the transportation brokers group with a story in its national magazine.