Potomac, Md. (Feb. 11, 2003) -- Milton B. Popeck, 69, a partner with Buchbinder Tunick & Co. and a founder of the Old Geezer financial planning firm, died last week of lung cancer.

Buchbinder managing partner Harry Wendroff said Popeck was diagnosed with the disease only recently, and hadn’t smoked in more than 30 years.

"It’s one of those very sad stories," Wendroff said. "Milton was the old-fashioned, really caring professional who put his clients concerns ahead of his own," he added. "He was a true gentleman and I’m sorry to see him go."

Popeck, an expert in taxation and estate planning, began his career in the mid-1950s as a bookkeeper with the Campusville store in Silver Spring and was later a partner in the accounting firm of Carl Fredericks. He expanded the business after Fredericks retired to create Popeck Musher & Kowler and merged it with Buchbinder in 1991.He began the Old Geezer firm two years ago.

He was recently named one of the top 50 accountants in the Washington, D.C. area by the local business press.

-- Tracey Miller-Segarra

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