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March 31, 1989|JIM CARLTON | Times Staff Writer

The Leisure World retirement community in Laguna Hills counts a number of prominent people among its residents, including movie actors, retired captains of industry, renowned scientists and educators, and admirals.

Some relatives of celebrities also live in Leisure World, including Christopher and Mary Ford, parents of actor Harrison Ford; Harry and Miriam Goldstein, parents of feminist-author Betty Friedan; Terry Jackson, mother of KABC radio talk show host Michael Jackson, and Jean Brokaw, mother of NBC national news anchor Tom Brokaw.

Here are some of the other more notable residents who call Leisure World home:

Lucille Allen


Allen, who declined to give her age, retired in 1972 after working for more than 30 years as professor of personnel administration and then dean of various colleges and universities around the country. She was associate professor of personnel administration at Stanford University in Palo Alto, dean of the Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh (now Chatham College), and dean of women at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Allen also served on three federal education commissions in Washington, D.C.

Helen Broida


Broida, who gave her age only as "old enough to live in Leisure World," is best known for her 1979 book, "Coping With Stroke," written for families of stroke patients. As a speech pathologist for 30 years, Broida had worked with many stroke patients. Broida, a former professor of speech at USC, has just completed a novel and is starting another.

Olan Soule


Soule, 80, retired 5 years ago after a 40-year acting career. He worked in more than 200 television series but was best known as pathologist Ray Pinker in "Dragnet." Soule also has appeared in more than 60 movies, including "Girl From Jones Beach," "Towering Inferno" and "Ten to Midnight." He started in radio in 1933 and for about 10 years was the leading man of the "First Nighter" program. Soule currently is doing the voice-over, along with actress Vicki Risk, also a resident, in a documentary about Leisure World.

Tracy Strevey

Norman Garton


Garton, 82, served in the Navy from 1923 until 1948 and commanded a 150-man aircraft tender during World War II. The ship, assigned to the Pacific theater, served as a refueling and maintenance point for naval warplanes. During his career with the Navy, Garton was also a pilot who flew everything from scouting planes to fighters and tested new Navy fighters. Garton left the Navy for a career in the aerospace industry, where he served as director of facilities for Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo and then Rockwell International Corp. in El Segundo before retiring 11 years ago.

Jay Gould


Gould, 80, retired from Disney 10 years ago after a 43-year career with the film company during which he drew Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and many other cartoon characters in Disney's animated movies. Gould also painted background artwork for Disney productions, including "Davy Crockett," a film starring Fess Parker.

Harold Winn


Winn, 91, is known as "Mr. Leisure World," both for his longevity of residence in the retirement community (24 years) and his role as a resident comedian. Winn worked for 39 years as a production manager for the Hollywood Citizen News. At Leisure World, Winn has served as master of ceremonies at more than 150 community functions and currently tells one-liners on a daily, 3-minute spot on Leisure World's cable TV Channel 6.

Hyldegarde Howard Wylde


Wylde, 87, retired in 1967 after a 33-year career as paleontologist at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. Wylde worked largely with fossilized birds, particularly those found in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. She is still conducting paleontological research for the museum.

Jerry Lederer


Lederer, 86, retired 14 years ago from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was director of the agency's space flight safety program during the Apollo moon walks of the late 1960s and early 1970s. After retiring from NASA, Lederer devoted his attention to the Flight Safety Foundation, a safety-related organization that he formed in 1947. Lederer, who is still widely quoted on aviation matters, remains president-emeritus of that foundation.

Helen Loring


Loring, who is "over 65," is a practicing psychologist who specializes in marital problems. Loring began her career as a psychological counselor in 1969 after spending many years as a teacher in public schools and universities in the New York City area. Today, she also gives courses and seminars on how the mind and the body can work together for better health, and she helps surgical patients overcome anxiety.

John (Jack) Luhring


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