Annette Lackman Obituary (2021) – Arlington, TX

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Annette Lackmann
November 19, 2021
Arlington, Texas – Annette Rae Robinson Lackman, a native of Dallaser, died on November 19, 2021 at the age of 83 after enduring the challenges of Parkinson’s disease for more than twenty years. She was a brilliant student: at 16, she was top of the class in Hillcrest High School’s 1954 class, where her classmates voted her “Most Reliable.” She earned a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University and a masters degree from Harvard Radcliffe before returning to Dallas to serve as the associate director of the Southwestern School of Banking at SMU. Her wealth of knowledge and memories was astounding, and she was invariably right in any argument about details. She loved the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle that she would fill in in ink.
Annette passed the Foreign Service exam and was offered a position in Istanbul, but turned down an international diplomacy career to accept a marriage proposal from Howard Lackman, whom she had been married to for more than fifty years, may his memory be a blessing. She had the patience of a saint, a keen and inquisitive mind, and an accomplished business acumen. Long before it became a mantra, she described “stay calm and move on” perfectly.
She became a pioneering businesswoman while raising two children. She navigated the emerging real estate market in Arlington, started her own residential real estate brokerage firm, ran one of the largest Century 21 agencies, served countless younger real estate agents and independently brokered many complex mid-town commercial transactions. She could enumerate the history of most of Arlington’s commercial real estate. During the real estate crash of the late 1980s, she reinvented her business, commuting back and forth to Florida to represent property owners protesting tax appraisals.
She played the piano and enjoyed traveling, theater, museums and music, especially Tony Bennett. She was surprisingly good at blackjack, enjoying a scotch and soda, though she was known for throwing back a tequila shot on special occasions. She was a great cook and kitchen manager, and an advocate of healthy eating long before it was fashionable. She read Hebrew and learned Jewish traditions, but she welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds into her home and listened carefully to their stories when they came.
Annette was the eldest of three children from Morris and Sophia Robinson, immigrants from Eastern Europe. She grew up surrounded by an extended family in a designated historic neighborhood known as the South Boulevard-Park Row Historic District in South Dallas. Long before Ancestry.com, Annette spent years doing original research into her family’s history. She traced her roots in a village outside what is now Belarus, where her great-grandparents lived at the end of the 19th century, and documented her parents’ travels from Europe via Ellis Island and Galveston.
Annette leaves behind her daughter Samara Lackman Kline and her son-in-law Andy McCarthy; her son Jared Lackman and daughter-in-law Leslie Lackman; Grandson Ryan Kline and his wife Madeleine Kline; Grandsons Sadye Jane Lackman and Shane Jacob Lackman; Brother Jay Robinson and sister-in-law Laurie Robinson; and sister-in-law Elaine Smith. The Lackman family has the greatest appreciation and admiration for Team Annette: Betty, Zibah, Jeje and Connie, who gave life to Annette for years and years. Not only were they her long-term caregivers, but also her friends.
Contributions to the remembrance of Annette’s life are welcomed in the Arlington Beth Shalom Congregation, the synagogue which she co-founded and which she frequently attended; Organizations that support those struggling with Parkinson’s disease; or a charitable cause of your choice.

Published by Star-Telegram on November 22, 2021.

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