The Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame honors the legacy of Stanford University and its alumni as well as faculty and student achievements in the broadly defined fields of real estate.
This year SPIRE is pleased to be inducting Fred Allen (BA '61) of Allen Matkins and Peter Bedford (BA '60) of Bedford Investments. The Induction Banquet will take place on Wednesday, October 21st at the California Club in Los Angeles. The Honors Banquet will take place on Thursday, November 12th at Stanford University's Arrillaga Alumni Center. More information coming soon!
Members of the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame include: Bob Lowe, Tad Taube, Bowen "Buzz" McCoy, William Tooley, Henry Segerstrom, Malin Burnham, Donald Koll, and William Wilson III.
Peter Bedford, owner of Bedford Investments, has been in the commercial real estate business for over 50 years. He was responsible for the acquisition, ownership, development and management of approximately 40 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail properties, as well as land in 22 states. Peter was the principal manager of the partnership that acquired all of Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Company's real estate operations in 1986, which included Rancho California, a 28,000 acre planned community in Temecula, California.
From 1992 to 2006 he served as Chairman and CEO of Bedford Property Investors, a NYSE REIT. Peter is active in the Stanford community, particularly within the Hoover Institution where he has served as an Overseer since 1981 and as Chairman of the Board of Overseers from 2005 to 2008. He and his wife, Kirsten (BA '60), endowed a Chair (Private Property Rights) for the Hoover Institution. Peter and Kirsten have contributed numerous pieces of art to the Cantor Center of Art at Stanford.
Peter’s involvement in educational real estate activities includes: Trustee for ULI, Chairman of the Real Estate Center Advisory Board of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Executive Committee of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California.
Fred Allen is one of the premier real estate and finance attorneys in America. He is a Founder and the Senior Partner of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a full-service business and litigation law firm with 225 attorneys in five offices in California. Allen Matkins has been named the number one real estate law firm in California by Chambers USA since 2002.
For more than 45 years, he has been counsel to many of the nation's most prominent development and investment companies in connection with hundreds of successful major projects in California, Hawaii, and throughout the country, Asia, the Pacific Rim and Mexico.
Fred is probably best known for his ability to creatively analyze legal and business issues and to quarterback ongoing projects to effectively manage the delivery of specialized legal services.
Fred is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Roundtable, Washington, D.C., Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) Board, and Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC).
After graduating from Stanford University in 1961 (B.A. History), Fred served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Pacific. He received his law degree from the UC Hastings Law.
Fred and Kathleen were married in 1964 and have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two sons: John Allen and Paul Allen. Fred and Kathleen have four beautiful little granddaughters under the age of 5.