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Albert Greenstein


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Albert Greenstein Obituary
September 28, 1933 - April 12, 2017 Passed away at home in his wife's arms two months after their 25th wedding anniversary. Al faced Parkinson's disease at each progressive stage over ten years with inspiring gracefulness and dignity, retaining his interest in current events, his wry wit, and his warm appreciation for life. Survived by wife Sandy Greenstein, daughters from his first marriage Jane Greenstein and Julie Madsen, and by his grandson Axel Madsen. Born in Toronto. Parents Jack and Nellie Greenstein immigrated to Canada from Poland before settling in LA. Attended John Burroughs Middle School, declaring in its newspaper that he had "ink in his blood." Then to Fairfax High before entering UCLA (1953-54 Daily Bruin editor). Joined the Army in 1956 (3rd Armored Division Newspaper editor in Frankfurt, Germany). Retired in 1998 from ARCO after 23 years representing the company to the press. Active in civic life, often representing ARCO Foundation to organizations it supported. Served as president of the Mental Health Association of LA County, a founding director of Weingart Center for the Homeless, many years on Bilingual Foundation of the Arts Board, and more. Before ARCO, Al was a veteran LA television executive, among key staff producing "The Big News" on KNXT (now KCBS), first hour-long newscast in the nation, credited as inspiring "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Al won a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Helped produce breaking news stories such as the 1974 Symbionese Liberation Army shoot-out in Compton pioneering portable videotape (vs film) cameras allowing live broadcasts. Al was known throughout his career as a superlative professional who rarely lost his temper, able to calm his colleagues under pressure, and appreciated for his intelligence and wit. An avid reader and film buff, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of history and literature. After retirement, Al edited his local newsletter, serving on the neighborhood association board. He and Sandy traveled to Alaska, South Africa, Ireland and Mexico, and took many road trips in the southwest. Sandy cared for Al at home assisted after 2013 by caregivers, primarily John Redondiez, Roger Syloria and Famuji Nurrahman, without whose help Al's quality of life would have been more quickly and severely diminished. Sandy thanks each of them warmly for the dedication they invest in their important, sometimes unsung, work. A Celebration of Life for Albert Greenstein will follow in June. Memorial donations can be made to (michaeljfox.org), Pasadena Senior Center (pasadenaseniorcenter.org) or a .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 7 to May 12, 2017
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