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Robert Silverstein
January 6, 1923 - January 29, 2012
Robert Silverstein, a leader in the world of business and a noteworthy philanthropist, died Sunday in Beverly Hills with his family by his side. He was 89. Mr. Silverstein was born on January 6, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of two. He attended Fairfax High School, where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1999. His pre-med studies at U.C.L.A were cut short by the outbreak of World War II when enlisted in the Air Force and served as a B-24 bombardier and navigator in Italy. After the war, Mr. Silverstein contacted a local manufacturer about making a plastic jewelry box he'd conceived of. Instead of pursuing his own product, Mr. Silverstein ended up joining the Plastic & Die Cast Products Corporation in their sales and marketing department. By 1949, thanks to his brilliant marketing and product development skills, he'd risen to president and CEO of what would become Eldon Industries. Eldon was named to The Times 100: The Best Performing Companies in California by the LA Times in 1988, 1989, and 1990 and included in the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes Magazine in 1987. In 1990, Rubbermaid Incorporated acquired Eldon. Mr. Silverstein remained with the company until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Silverstein maintained a lifelong interest in medicine and was a strong believer in giving back to the community. He served on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was Chairman of the Board from 1995 through 1998. His business acumen, combined with his belief in the mission of Cedars-Sinai, helped to successfully guide the organization through challenging times and laid the foundation for the growth and development of the medical center into what it is today. Following his role as Chairman, Mr. Silverstein and his dear friend, the late Irving Feintech, served as Co-Chairs of the Campaign for the 21st Century which raised huge sums for the hospital's continued expansion and growth. He served on many other boards including the Los Angeles Music Center and was a Life Trustee of Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Silverstein is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita; his daughter Suzanne; his son Robert and his wife Susan; his daughter Blair and her husband Brian; and his grandchildren: Matthew, Leah, Jesse and his wife Merisa, Jaysen and Theo. He will be remembered always for his love and devotion to his family and friends, his generosity, his charm, and his extraordinary joie de vivre. A celebration of his life will be held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his name be made to The Heart Foundation that supports the work Dr. Prediman Shah, The Psychological Trauma Center, or the Department of Neurology, all at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2012
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