Dorfman, Murray Leonard
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March 26, 1921 - October 7, 2012
Murray Leonard Dorfman was born in New York City, March 26, 1921. The difficult years of the Great Depression would shaped the man he would become. He attended the University of Alabama and Tulane University, obtained a B.A. and M.P.A. at New York University and professional post graduate degrees at UCLA He served two years as an air cadet in the USAF. Murray met his wife, Joan Carol Bender, in 1943. They were married May 3, 1946. He and Joan lived in Brooklyn for four years. Murray worked hard as a textile salesman to garment manufacturers. He also worked on weekends selling small fire extinguishers door-to-door in Levittown, NY and PA in order to support his family. In 1950, Murray moved his family to Great Neck, NY. He was so successful selling fire extinguishers that he left the textile industry behind. He then began his own business selling them around the country. That was when he fell in love with sunny Southern California. So, in 1955, Murray moved his family, sons Richard (who passed away in 1968), Robert and four month old son, Bill, to Encino. His fourth son, Les, was born in there in 1956. Murray soon joined Waste King Corporation as a sales manager. However, after a few years he felt compelled to start his own business, Metrowest Associates. He represented building supply companies and sold their products to the many new construction companies in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. As an entrepreneur, he was very successful. He was approached by Familian Pipe and Supply to become President of their International Division. Murray truly enjoyed traveling to Japan and South Korea. In 1975, he decided to start his own international company, American Intercontinental Trade Group, Inc. (AITG). He was soon joined by sons, Les and Bill. His wife, Joan followed in 1988. Over thirty-five years AITG grew to become a respected leader in the advertising specialty industry. After 57 years in Encino, Murray and Joan retired. They moved to University Village in Thousand Oaks where they have lived for the past 3 years. On October 7th, Murray passed away peacefully at age 91. He was always a devoted husband, father and cherished grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Joan, his three sons, Les (Mindy), Bill (Gail) and Bob, three grandsons, Justin, AJ, and David, and two granddaughters, Rachel and Erica. He will be greatly missed by all. To express your condolences, please donate to the
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Groman Eden Mortuary Memorial Park in Mission Hills.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 12, 2012