Leslie "Les" F. Bell, Esq.
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April 26, 1940 - April 8, 2013
Les was the only child of Raymond (Ruven) and Belle (Bayla) Bell. He was born on the South Side of Chicago, attended Austin High (skipping two grades) and the University of Illinois. It was there he met his one and only love, Patricia Mohr. By the end of their freshman year, they married and were devoted to one another, for 51 incredible years. Les earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona. He relocated to Los Angeles where he first worked as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Soon thereafter, the prestigious law firm of Gittleson, Katz and Hoyt recruited him, where the great attorney, Charlie Katz, mentored him. Les was a forceful litigator, particularly in the garment industry. His intelligence and fierce advocacy earned him the respect of his partners, and the firm honored him by naming him the youngest partner at the renamed Katz, Hoyt and Bell. It was through his law practice that he met Dr. Bernard Salick. The bond was instant and together they formed Salick Health Care, Inc., which was a publically traded company, (SHCI). SHCI revolutionized the treatment of cancer by developing the world's first 24-hour outpatient comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for cancer. The first Comprehensive Cancer Center was opened at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1986. They built eighteen other cancer centers across the nation. The Company was later sold to a major international pharmaceutical company 10 years later. Les continued to work with Dr. Salick on healthcare and other business endeavors and consult as an attorney and business leader. He improved his golf game and was especially proud of his membership at Hillcrest Country Club, where he thoroughly enjoyed the board meetings, locker room chatter and participated on several committees. He became involved in local Beverly Hills politics and city and community endeavors appearing in front of the School Board and City Council on local issues and being a forceful, appointed member of the Citizen's Oversight Committee. Les lived life his way, on his terms, never shy and never doubting himself or his decisions. He was always there for those he loved, with considered advice and a protective heart. He was his own man, a great husband, devoted father, grandfather, friend, attorney, advisor and employer. Les leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia, his children, daughter Jodi (Steven) Ticknor, and her children, Chloe and Dylan, and his son, Gregory Bell (Amy), and his children, Alexis, Liza and Brody and his countless friends and colleagues.
Donations in Les' honor can be made to Israel Cancer Research Fund (icrfonline.org). 159 South Beverly Drive, Suite 207, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, (310.274.2400). Services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 9, 2013