HELLER, Morton Alvin Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully in Aspen, Colorado, with his family at his bed side on November 24th, 2010, days before his birthday. He would have been 90 on December 6th. Mort grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, New York where he attended Woodmere Academy. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in his freshman year, but matriculated at Duke University for the remainder of college, where he distinguished himself both academically and in athletics, having won the coveted High-Point Trophy. After graduation, he attended the Harvard School of Business. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged after serving in World War II as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.
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Mort moved from the East and fell in love with the West Coast, and for over 45 years, Mort and Howard Engleman maintained a successful small business investment enterprise, City Capital Corporation in Beverly Hills. When he relocated to Aspen, Mort along with his friend and partner, Charles Israel, established the Pitkin County Bank and Trust. The Bank merged in 1999 with Zions Bank Corporation, now Vectra Bank Colorado. Along with his wife of 50 years, Lita Warner Hiatt, Mort devoted his life to philanthropy in Aspen and Los Angeles. Among the many passions they shared are the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Institute, Aspen Medical Foundation, and The Aspen Art Museum. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, The Thalians at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Mort is survived by Lita; his sister, Joyce Roaman; his children, Richard Heller and Robin Heller Moss; Vicki Hiatt; Samuel Hiatt and Michael Hiatt. Grandchildren: Ben Moss and Elizabeth Moss Ohrberg; Lilli and Gabriella Vallone; Cyrus Shaki Khan; and, Warner Hiatt and Parker Chenoweth. Great-Grandchildren: Harrison Benjamin Moss and Jack Heller Moss. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to Aspen Music Festival and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Funeral Services will be held at Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen on Sunday November 28th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2010