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October 31, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ross W. Cortese, the onetime fruit-stand peddler whose vision of active havens for the aging led to a nationwide series of planned communities that he called Leisure World, has died of the complications of abdominal surgery. A company spokesman said Wednesday that Cortese died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Cortese was 74 and had undergone unrelated cancer surgery in July, said William V. March, a longtime friend and colleague.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it the end of Leisure World as we know it? The venerable retirement community--which constitutes the vast majority of Laguna Woods, Orange County's newest city--is likely to drop the Leisure World name altogether in coming months, possibly by the end of the year. Two newer Leisure Worlds, in Silver Spring, Md., and near Leesburg, Va.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Hillary Jade Pedersen is not entitled legally to share in the multimillion-dollar estate of her father, the late Leisure World founder Ross W. Cortese, who fathered the woman out of wedlock 32 years ago. "I think society cannot handle the fact that illegitimate children have rights too," Pedersen said outside the courtroom after the judge ruled that her case had no basis for going to trial.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The estate of Leisure World developer Ross W. Cortese, fighting a claim that it undervalued his interests in three real estate companies, has appealed an IRS demand for an additional $2.15 million in taxes. The executor for the estate of Cortese, who died in October 1991, asked the U.S. Tax Court in Washington two weeks ago to overturn the demand made in January by the Internal Revenue Service. The executor, longtime Cortese friend William V.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lavish hilltop mansion once owned by Leisure World developer Ross W. Cortese was sold Friday for about $5 million, brokers said. Located in the exclusive Lemon Heights area, the 12,000-square-foot estate is among Orange County's largest, brokers said. A 13,000-square foot home is for sale in Laguna Beach for $10.8 million, brokers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it the end of Leisure World as we know it? The venerable retirement community--which constitutes the vast majority of Laguna Woods, Orange County's newest city--is likely to drop the Leisure World name altogether in coming months, possibly by the end of the year. Two newer Leisure Worlds, in Silver Spring, Md., and near Leesburg, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked in Orange County probate court files are glimpses of a fleeting father-daughter relationship between Leisure World founder Ross W. Cortese and Hillary Jade Cortese. A birthday card to Jade is attached with love from "Dad." On Valentine's Day, greetings go to "our little sugar plum." Other letters and cards contain money: $500 for school clothes; $1,500 for Christmas gifts; an unspecified amount for making the honor roll.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The estate of Leisure World developer Ross W. Cortese, fighting a claim that it undervalued his interests in three real estate companies, has appealed an IRS demand for an additional $2.15 million in taxes. The executor for the estate of Cortese, who died in October 1991, asked the U.S. Tax Court in Washington two weeks ago to overturn the demand made in January by the Internal Revenue Service. The executor, longtime Cortese friend William V.
NEWS
March 31, 1989 | PAT GERBER, Times Staff Writer: Pat Gerber is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
By the time housing developer Ross W. Cortese opened Leisure World in Laguna Hills nearly a quarter of a century ago, he had already tested his pioneering idea for a walled, planned retirement community on a much smaller scale in Seal Beach. Cortese knew he was taking a chance with the 533-acre Seal Beach project, which he said was the largest cooperative housing project in the country when it opened in 1962.
NEWS
April 26, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by the founder of Leisure World to build a massive industrial and commercial complex in an area zoned for open space has triggered an uproar in the retirement community, with hundreds of residents joining a fight to stop the project. Officials of the Community Assn.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lavish hilltop mansion once owned by Leisure World developer Ross W. Cortese was sold Friday for about $5 million, brokers said. Located in the exclusive Lemon Heights area, the 12,000-square-foot estate is among Orange County's largest, brokers said. A 13,000-square foot home is for sale in Laguna Beach for $10.8 million, brokers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Hillary Jade Pedersen is not entitled legally to share in the multimillion-dollar estate of her father, the late Leisure World founder Ross W. Cortese, who fathered the woman out of wedlock 32 years ago. "I think society cannot handle the fact that illegitimate children have rights too," Pedersen said outside the courtroom after the judge ruled that her case had no basis for going to trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked in Orange County probate court files are glimpses of a fleeting father-daughter relationship between Leisure World founder Ross W. Cortese and Hillary Jade Cortese. A birthday card to Jade is attached with love from "Dad." On Valentine's Day, greetings go to "our little sugar plum." Other letters and cards contain money: $500 for school clothes; $1,500 for Christmas gifts; an unspecified amount for making the honor roll.
NEWS
October 31, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ross W. Cortese, the onetime fruit-stand peddler whose vision of active havens for the aging led to a nationwide series of planned communities that he called Leisure World, has died of the complications of abdominal surgery. A company spokesman said Wednesday that Cortese died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Cortese was 74 and had undergone unrelated cancer surgery in July, said William V. March, a longtime friend and colleague.
NEWS
April 26, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by the founder of Leisure World to build a massive industrial and commercial complex in an area zoned for open space has triggered an uproar in the retirement community, with hundreds of residents joining a fight to stop the project. Officials of the Community Assn.
NEWS
March 31, 1989 | PAT GERBER, Times Staff Writer: Pat Gerber is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
By the time housing developer Ross W. Cortese opened Leisure World in Laguna Hills nearly a quarter of a century ago, he had already tested his pioneering idea for a walled, planned retirement community on a much smaller scale in Seal Beach. Cortese knew he was taking a chance with the 533-acre Seal Beach project, which he said was the largest cooperative housing project in the country when it opened in 1962.
REAL ESTATE
September 28, 1986 | Dick Turpin
One of the nation's innovative housing pioneers has introduced a timely new dimension for the housing needs of senior Americans. His concept relates directly to the 28 million who are currently 65 years old, a group whose size is growing in unprecedented numbers. The 65ers represent, for the first time ever, the largest segment of the nation's population. As for food, clothing and shelter, they are the best-fed, best-dressed and best-housed generation of Americans.
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