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Harvey Lenkin

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Harvey was born on April 15, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY, and moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1950. He graduated from Los Angeles High School and from UCLA, where he was President of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Harvey then attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and the United States Naval Training Academy in Great Lakes, Illinois. He served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant, where he was assigned to the USS Magoffin and observed the atomic explosions at the Eniwetok Atoll. After leaving the military in 1961, Harvey attended commodities future training school, and served as a Branch Manager for Shearson Hammill from 1961 - 1970. From 1970 - 1978, he served as a Branch Manager for DuPont Glore Forgan & Stotts through its merger with Walston & Company, and then through its acquisition by Reynolds Securities. Harvey joined Public Storage in 1978 as President of management operations. At that time, the self-storage industry was in its infancy. Harvey helped organize the trade groups that established the basic operational procedures and drafted the multi-state legislation that the industry still follows today. In 1991, Harvey became President and a Director of Public Storage. His contributions were numerous, including the first issuance of preferred stock by a REIT (1992), the conversion of Public Storage into a public company (1995), the founding of PS Business Parks (1998) and the merger with Storage Trust (1999). Harvey retired as President of Public Storage in 2005, but was instrumental in the Shurgard merger (2006) and remained a Director until 2011. Harvey was an avid skier and sailor, racing sailboats for many years at the California Yacht Club. Harvey was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he also served as Chairman of the Building Committee. Harvey and his wife Heather were instrumental in establishing the Hospital's Kitty (Harvey's beloved Golden Retriever) and Harvey Lenkin Pet Assisted Therapy Program. Harvey was also a member of the board of UCLA UniCamp, the Ronald McDonald Charities, Palladin Realty, and PS Business Parks. Harvey is survived by his wife, Heather Henricks Lenkin, sons Brett Lenkin and Todd Lenkin, and stepsons William Cundiff Lenkin (and his wife Patrycja) and Daniel Cameron Cundiff (and his wife Kate Singleton). Services will be held at the Tanach Chapel at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles 90068, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8. Harvey's family has requested that donations in Harvey's memory be made to Huntington Memorial Hospital, 100 West California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2013
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