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November 13, 1922 - October 26, 2012
Leonard Greenstone, 88 passed away after a short illness at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was a decorated WWII Navy Veteran and a successful business man who specialized in state-of-the-art techniques for both land and underwater construction. Despite his many successes, he often referred to himself as a "Glorified Plumber." Leonard was a generous compassionate soul who was always there to help others in need. He had received the Humanitarian Award from City of Hope. He worked tirelessly for 25 years as a volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the Search and Rescue Division, achieving the rank of "Captain", in the Sheriff's Reserves. In addition Leonard was also a 50 year volunteer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Using his own resources, he created a job training program for offenders that ultimately became what is now known as the California Prison Industry Authority. He retired from the Prison Industry Board in 2011, and received many honors for establishing what is now known as the Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Center, a world renowned commercial diving and welding program for offenders inside the California Institution for Men in Chino, CA. Leonard was commended by Governor Ronald Reagan for his pioneering efforts to rehabilitate offenders and was appointed to the oversight roles with the Little Hoover Commission and the Robert Presley Criminal Justice Research Center. He was also appointed by four Governors: Ronald Reagan, Pat Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edmund "Jerry" Brown to be on the California Prison Industry Authority Board.
Leonard was preceded in death by Marilyn, his wife of 60 years and is survived by his wife Arley Greenstone, son Lee, daughter Carol, granddaughter Frankie, great grandson, Jonathan Greenstone, and stepchildren, Dr. Richard Bruckner and Karen Trejo.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the: Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Center, California Institute for Men, Chino, CA, 560 E Natoma St., Folsom, CA, 95630 or The City of Hope.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 31, 2012