CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2012 |
Lawrence Ramer, a Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist who served for a decade as president and chairman of the Center Theater Group overseeing the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre at the downtown Music Center, has died. He was 84. Ramer died of cancer Friday at his home in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Sallie Olmsted. Ramer was president of the board of directors of the Center Theater Group from 1987 to 1997. During his tenure, the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera" began its four-year run at the Ahmanson in 1989.