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Burton Sanford Horwitch

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November 7, 1925 - June 18, 2015 Burt Horwitch, a Chicago native, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 89 on June 18th, 2015. Born on November 7th, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the eldest son of Albert and Celia Horwitch, and had three brothers: Arnold, Elliott, and Michael. Burt attended elementary and high schools in Chicago and later went to study at the University of Miami and Babson College of Business in Boston, Mass. After serving in the army during World War II, Burt went on to join his father in starting Albert, Inc., an intimate apparel business which was later renamed to Deena, Inc. Burt went on to be the President and CEO of Deena and oversaw the company through an impressive 50+ years of success. He also co-founded Kellwood, Inc, which he took immense pride in. Burt was an incredible business success, but it was his family, friends, and community that he held in the greatest esteem. His active role in the community included but was not limited to the Board Of Directors at City National Bank, Jewish Federation Of The Greater Los Angeles Area, Board of Directors at Ceders Sinai, the City of Hope, Stop Cancer, and Board Of Directors at Hillcrest Country Club. He loved learning, and was very involved in the Perpetual Learning And Teaching Organization (PLATO). He took great pride in his family, and regularly preached the importance of community and giving back to his children and grandchildren. His friends were like his extended family, and he made sure to be present as much as possible through life's ups and downs. He was an avid golder, skiier, loved watching football, and loved traveling the world with his wife, family, and friends. His personality was one of a kind, with a sense of humor that only grew as he aged (may we all be so lucky!). Even in his final days, he'd give a look or chuckle that was "Classic Burt." He is survived by his wife, Roberta, his three children and their spouses, Rick Horwitch (Amy), Debbi Molnar (Todd Molnar), and Lisa Horwitch, and his five grandchildren, Katie and Alex Horwitch, and Brandon, Benjamin, and Spencer Molnar. His presence will be greatly missed, but his spirit will always be with us, reminding us to "Always Be Hapi."
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 20, 2015
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