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Alpert Morris Lapides

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December 25, 1927 - June 14, 2015 Albert Morris Lapides was born in Los Angeles on December 25th, 1927. The second child and only son of Joseph A. and Sarah Lapides, he grew up in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. After graduating Fairfax High, he entered U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1949 with a B.S.M.E. degree. At Cal, Al was a member of the riflery team and was a coxswain for crew. He joined the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, becoming president in his senior year. As all students at the time, he was a member of the ROTC, and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps upon graduation, then transferring to the US Air Force in 1950, serving at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. After leaving the Air Force in 1954, Al spent the next 17 years in the defense industry. During his time at Marquardt and Litton Industries, he went back to school and earned his MS in Management Science from San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN). In 1971 he became an executive search consultant. One year later he co-founded Replacement Parts Industries, Inc., providing replacement parts for medical and dental equipment. In 1956 a friend from high school introduced Al to his wife-to-be. It took only seven dates in eight weeks for him to pop the question (and get a positive answer), and three months later they were married. Al was active at Temple Ramat Zion (TRZ), at CSUN and with the Northridge Hospital Foundation. At TRZ he served on numerous committees, including youth group advisor. At CSUN he served on the President's Club and the CSUN Foundation, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Northridge Hospital Foundation. He also served as a mentor to MBA students at UCLA. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Sherry, his children Larry, Ira and Robbie, his grandchildren Brandon, Jacob, Alex, Daniel, Frankie, Zack, Megan and Ryan and great-grandchildren Elli, Eden and Zinnia. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Northridge Hospital Leavey Cancer Center, to the Lapides Family Endowment for Children's Programming at CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center, or to the Temple Ramat Zion Religious School Scholarship Endowment).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2015
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