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Allyn Overton Kreps, 1930 - 2008

Lawyer ran Cranston campaign

October 05, 2008|From a Times Staff Writer

Allyn Overton Kreps, a Los Angeles lawyer who managed California Democrat Alan Cranston's 1968 campaign for U.S. Senate, died Sept. 9 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 78.

Kreps served in Washington with Cranston from 1977 to 1981. He chaired a bipartisan commission to help select candidates for federal judgeships and U.S. attorneys in the state. He also was a member of the senator's foreign policy advisory staff.

He returned to California in 1981 and resumed private law practice until his retirement in 2005.

Before working for Cranston, Kreps served on an advisory committee for former Democratic Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh during Unruh's unsuccessful race for governor against Ronald Reagan in 1970.

Kreps was born May 4, 1930, in Cambridge, Mass. He graduated from Harvard University before serving in the Navy as an officer during the Korean War. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1958 and later became a partner in the litigation department in the Los Angeles offices of O'Melveny & Myers, where he remained until 1977.

Kreps is survived by his wife, Cassandra; two sons, Eric Kreps of Tucson and Theodore Kreps of Los Angeles; two daughters, Rebecca Torres of the Philippines and Jessica Norton of Applegate, Ore.; several brothers and sisters; and a grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Instead of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Alzheimer's Assn.

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