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Ira Charles Norris

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September 10, 1936 - March 17, 2014 Ira Norris lived a happy and wonderful life. He passed away surrounded by his loving family. Born in Chicago to Ruth and Sol, and brother to Jane, Ira graduated from Senn High School. He received a BA in Finance in 1958 from his beloved USC where he played on the baseball team. In 1979, Ira earned his MBA from Pepperdine. He began his career in 1960 and has built homes for over 13,000 families across California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. Ira served as President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and was National Vice President, Federal Governmental Affairs Chairman and a Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders. He was recognized as "Housing Person of the Year," voted "Best Builder in America" by Builder Magazine, and was inducted into the California Builders Hall of Fame. Ira was a founder of the Lusk Center for Real Estate Development, a graduate program at USC, where he was an adjunct professor for 24 years. He also developed the curriculum for the Master's Degree program in Entrepreneurial Home Building at USC. In addition to USC football, travel, the Dodgers, and spaghetti, Ira loved golf and played at both Indian Ridge and El Caballero, where he was on the Board of Directors. Ira was a sweet, intelligent, and philanthropic man who was completely adored by his wife Nancy, children Michael (Leslie), Greg (Joanne), Terry Gevisser, and Susan (Rick) Schnall, and grandchildren Asher, Kyle, Jason, Ava, Will, Jordan, Judd, and Brooke. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 20, 12:00 noon, at Hillside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hadassah or Jewish Federation in memory of Ira.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 19, 2014
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