LEHRMAN--Nat. Nat Lehrman, 84, former associate publisher of Playboy magazine and president of the company's publishing division, died February 11, 2014, after struggling with Parkinson's disease for several years. He was instrumental in the writing of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Philosophy and he was a creator of the Playboy Foundation, which devoted itself to civil rights, women's rights and other social issues. He was the husband of Kazuko Miyajima Lehrman, whom he met while stationed in her native city of Nara, Japan, during the Korean War. She predeceased him. He was born in Brooklyn and was a graduate of Brooklyn College. During his years with Playboy, he lived in Chicago, where he was an active and avid tennis player. He loved opera and all music, especially classical and folk, and he was an accomplished guitar player. In retirement, he lived in Sarasota, FL. Intelligent, warm and witty, he was an exceptionally generous, kind and decent man. All who knew him, were charmed by him and became his devoted friends. His children, Cynthia Hochswender of Salisbury, CT, and Jerome and Makiko Lehrman of Irvine, CT; his grandchildren, Daniel Lehrman of Ann Arbor, MI, and Katharine Hochswender of Salisbury; and his companion, Jean Hadden, of Sarasota, will miss him but know that his death was a release from the disease that limited the independence that was so much a part of who he was. A memorial service will be held in Chicago at a later date. Memories, stories and messages for the family can be sent to nat-lehrman.forevmissed.com
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Published in The New York Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16, 2014