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February 7, 1997
Katherine "Kit" Tremaine, 89, an author, philanthropist and social activist who was on Richard Nixon's enemies list. During her lifetime, Tremaine donated about $30 million to Democratic political candidates and causes. She campaigned against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, standing in silent protest once a week outside the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In 1973, she learned that she was on Nixon's list because of her support of Democrats and opposition to the war.
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April 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills Courier has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, a former hair-care products executive turned philanthropist. Terms of the deal for the feisty weekly tabloid were not disclosed. Clifton Smith, the current publisher, announced the long-rumored sale in a front-page story and a note to readers on Friday. The sale is expected to close within 30 days. “Our longtime friend, Paula Kent Meehan, has had an interest in the Courier for many years,” he wrote. “We share the same love of Beverly Hills and the same commitment to the city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills Courier has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, a former hair-care products executive turned philanthropist. Terms of the deal for the feisty weekly tabloid were not disclosed. Clifton Smith, the current publisher, announced the long-rumored sale in a front-page story and a note to readers on Friday. The sale is expected to close within 30 days. “Our longtime friend, Paula Kent Meehan, has had an interest in the Courier for many years,” he wrote. “We share the same love of Beverly Hills and the same commitment to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The REDCAT Gala, honoring musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert. REDCAT , a.k.a. the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is downtown L.A.'s innovative, experimental arts venue for the California Institute of the Arts . The honoree: Although the annual affair usually pays tribute to an artist and an arts supporter, CalArts president Steven Lavine said REDCAT's advisory council figured the legendary trumpeter of the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2011
A funeral service for John E. Anderson, a billionaire businessman, philanthropist and namesake of UCLA's graduate school of management, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd. He died Friday at 93.
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September 7, 1991
Victoria Nebeker Coberly, 74, art collector and philanthropist who was formerly married to the late Harvey Mudd College benefactor Henry T. Mudd. Mrs. Coberly, a sixth-generation Californian, lent her paintings for exhibition at the Huntington Library and the California Club. She was active in many philanthropic organizations and was an overseer of the Huntington Library and a California director of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Assn. On Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long illness.
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November 24, 1985
Carlotta Kirkeby, a philanthropist who with her late husband owned or once owned a string of 25 hotels including the Beverly Wilshire, is dead of cancer. She died Nov. 19 at home in Bel-Air and was believed in her late 60s or early 70s. A founder of both the Music Center and a charitable group called the Colleagues, she was known for the charity sales she staged at her palatial six-acre home on Bel-Air Road which was filled with such modern French master artists as Monet, Cezanne and Matisse.
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June 19, 2004 | From Reuters
The inquiry into a gift of Stradivarius instruments to the Smithsonian Institution took a dramatic turn this week when the donor, Herbert Axelrod, was arrested in Germany. The multimillionaire philanthropist had fled the United States in April for Cuba and was arrested Tuesday night in Berlin after taking a flight from Zurich.
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April 20, 1989
Roy Valentine Titus, 79, a philanthropist and former chairman of the cosmetics company founded by his mother, Helena Rubinstein. Titus was the elder of Mrs. Rubinstein's two sons by her first husband and moved with his family to the United States in 1914. After earning degrees from Oxford and the Harvard School of Business Administration, he joined a British affiliate of the cosmetics company and served as an executive of the business in New York until he retired in 1974. Titus served as chairman of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, on the board of the Children's Blood Foundation and the board of governors of the Tel Aviv Museum, and was a trustee of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union-Industry Pension Fund.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The REDCAT Gala, honoring musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert. REDCAT , a.k.a. the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is downtown L.A.'s innovative, experimental arts venue for the California Institute of the Arts . The honoree: Although the annual affair usually pays tribute to an artist and an arts supporter, CalArts president Steven Lavine said REDCAT's advisory council figured the legendary trumpeter of the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By James Rainey
The debate on whether Los Angeles hotel workers should be paid at least $15.37 an hour opened last week with some less-than-expected allies for a "living wage" and some questions from City Council members about whether the proposal goes too far, or not far enough. Two of the city's business titans, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and mall developer Rick Caruso, broke from the standard business-versus-labor divide when they said in interviews they support a higher minimum wage.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Walt Disney's name is on Los Angeles' world-famous concert hall, but it was a far less-known Disney who came from behind the scenes to ensure that architect Frank Gehry's vision for the building stayed intact. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's eldest daughter, had previously shunned the limelight along with other women in the family. "We were just three women, my mother, my sister and me," she said in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview. "Housewives, if you will. " That's pretty much how the public knew her until 1997, when some of the city's most powerful figures came close to forcing out Gehry during a crucial planning phase of the hall.
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October 18, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Philanthropist Eli Broad has donated $250,000 to the downtown arts high school, officially signaling his influential approval for a high-profile, high-cost campus that has struggled to win civic support since opening in 2009. The gift is a significant windfall for one school, but more important than the amount was the signal that it sends to the arts and philanthropy establishment, which has never fully embraced the $232-million Cortines High School of Visual & Performing Arts. A primary reason for this distance was the example set by Broad himself, who withheld financial support over concerns about the school's management by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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September 27, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Megumi Sasaki's follow-up to her first documentary, 2008's "Herb & Dorothy," is as engaging and unpretentious as its subjects, the Manhattan couple who became unlikely benefactors of Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art. "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" chronicles the closing chapter in their life as collectors, at the same time shedding light on the challenging proposition of running a museum outside major-city art hubs. Lifelong civil servants who shared a one-bedroom apartment with a few cats and turtles, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel amassed one of the most important collections of minimalist and conceptual art ever assembled.
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May 29, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When David St. John makes his annual pilgrimage to Moonstone Beach, he looks at the crashing tide and recalls his incarnations from years past. Sometimes, he envisions the child who splashed with wonder in the tide pools, or the teenager who piled in the car with friends for surfing trips. Other times, he sees the middle-aged poet who used the waves as a recurring backdrop. At different phases of his life, the ocean has signified adventure, mortality or hard-earned wisdom; he's sure that other epiphanies will come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1991
Mae Lenore Markham, a philanthropist whose late husband was publisher of the Valley News, predecessor of the Daily News of Los Angeles, has died at an Encino hospital. She was 95. A longtime resident of Encino, Mrs. Markham died Thursday of a heart attack, according to her granddaughter. Born in Rossville, Kan., she graduated from Emporia Teacher's College. In 1932, she saw an advertisement offering for sale a controlling interest in a Van Nuys paper and encouraged her husband, Maurice W.
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March 2, 1991
Jack Levand, 79, Westside businessman, real estate agent, philanthropist and past president of the Big Ten Club of California. A native of Cleveland, Levand graduated from Ohio State University and later moved to California as a steel industry executive. In 1965 he founded Levand Steel & Supply Co. Entering real estate in 1959, he set up Jack J. Levand Realty, dealing in celebrity homes and studio property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A prominent local entrepreneur and philanthropist has purchased Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market as controversy about its products continue to swirl through the Los Angeles Jewish community. Shlomo Rechnitz, who, according to his tumblr blog, has spent years in the healthcare and medical supply industry, is also an "extraordinarily huge player in the international Jewish world of philanthropy," Rabbi Meyer May said. Rechnitz purchased the business from former owner Michael Engelman on Sunday, May said.
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February 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
George Aratani, a Los Angeles businessman who donated millions of dollars to Japanese American causes, and with his wife endowed the nation's first academic chair to study the World War II internment of people of Japanese descent and their efforts to gain redress, has died. He was 95. An entrepreneur who founded the Mikasa china and Kenwood electronics firms, Aratani died Tuesday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center of complications of pneumonia, his daughter Linda Aratani said. He had lived at the Keiro nursing facility in Lincoln Heights since last summer.
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