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Carl Boronkay


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Carl Boronkay Obituary
November 16, 1929 - July 5, 2017 Carl Boronkay, born November 16, 1929, in Bronx, New York, passed away peacefully at his home in Tarzana, California, on July 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife Lenore to whom he was happily married for 48 beautiful years. Carl was a wonderful, intelligent, respectful, generous, and cultured man who accomplished so much in his 87 years. A UCLA law school graduate with a master's in law from USC, he served in the Army for two years before practicing law for the California state attorney general's office in 1957, with work on water litigation resources and for the California Coastal Commission. In 1976, he became assistant general counsel at the Metropolitan Water District. He became the general counsel in 1980 and experienced the high point of his career in 1982 when he presented an argument before the US Supreme Court on California water rights. In 1984, Carl became general manager of MWD. He promoted various innovative programs to augment Southern California's water supplies. Before his retirement in 1993, he oversaw all activities of MWD, obtaining and securing water rights for state water projects. Carl loved traveling, art, music, plays, UCLA football, and photography. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend. He lived life to the fullest and was a catalyst to many, touching their lives with his brilliance, wit, and wisdom. Carl is survived by his two children, Sherri (Jack) and Drew (Maureen), and four grandchildren: Jesse, Riley, Sofia, and Tracy, and his loving companion of 14 years, Doris Heller, as well as his nieces and nephews. Carl will be missed by all his friends and his extended family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 8 to July 18, 2017
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