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Anthony R. Pierno


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Anthony R. Pierno Obituary
April 28, 1932 - July 16, 2017 Beloved husband of the late Beverly Jean Pierno, to whom he was married for 53 years, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017. Born on April 28, 1932 in Uniontown, PA, to Mary Jane and Anthony M. Pierno, hardworking Italian immigrants. He graduated from John Burroughs HS in Burbank and attended Whittier College, where he was student body president and met the love of his life. After his service in the Korean War, he attended Stanford Law School and became editor of the law review. His remarkable legal career spanned the public and private sectors and included serving as California's Commissioner of Corporations under Ronald Reagan, stints at several private law firms including Memel, Jacobs, Pierno & Gersh, head of the Business Practice group of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (Los Angeles), and General Counsel of MAXXAM Inc., including subsidiaries Kaiser Aluminum and Pacific Lumber. In 2011, he received the State Bar of California Business Law Section's Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards throughout his lifetime include the Emcalian Award for Distinguished Achievement by an Eminent Californian, Doctor of Humane Letters for lifetime achievement by Whittier College, and citations by California's Governor, Attorney General, and the LA County Board of Supervisors for his efforts supporting organizations battling child abuse. He will be remembered for his extensive contributions to modern California business law and most importantly, for his steadfast integrity, warmth, wit, and humility. He is survived by his four children, Kathryn Pierno, Robert Pierno, Linda Derengowski and Diane Pierno Leonard, their spouses, Frank, Shawna, Ed and Trask, and his eight grandchildren, Nicholette, EJ, Anthony, Amelia, Max, Annika, Ben & Natalie; sister-in-law Lynette Cofer, nephews Matthew and Peter Friedrich, and niece Paula Friedrich-Venkatraman.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 22 to July 23, 2017
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