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Donald A. Dewar

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September 25, 1916 - August 22, 2015 Donald A. Dewar Donald Dewar passed away on August 22, 2015, ending a very active and happy life. Don was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1916, the son of Alexander Asa Dewar and Sadie Ellen Mohen. Don graduated from Glendale High School in 1934, then was a Kappa Sigma and in the Cardinal Society at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1938. He also graduated from USC Law School, where he was in Phi Delta Phi, an honorary legal organization. June 14, 1941 Don married Jane Cowles, and they enjoyed a very happy and active 73 years together. They enjoyed playing paddle tennis and being with friends at The Beach Club and then many wonderful years of golf at The Los Angeles Country Club. They loved to travel to Europe and on cruises, and also to Hawaii to visit their daughter, Joan. Don was one of the early entertainment attorneys in Los Angeles. In 1944, he worked with Howard Hughes, and negotiated 3 motion pictures with Jane Russell. In 1945, John Ford, the well known producer, and Merian Cooper, became clients, and Don incorporated Argosy Pictures. Notable films were Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. In 1953, Don and his partner formed Telecomics, an animated series later sold to NBC. In 1955, Howard Hughes asked Don to represent Jean Peters, a well known actress at the time. Ms. Peters later married Howard Hughes. In 1985, Don returned to private practice on probate, trust and taxes. He retired in 2000, at the age of 84 years. Don leaves his daughter, Joan Dewar of Irvine, CA, son, Jim Dewar (Karen) of Flagstaff, AZ, brother-in-law, Ben Cowles (Joannie), nieces Liz Peyton (Jay) of Evergreen, CO and Lisa Stix (Nathan) of Newcastle, WA and nephew Owen Golden (Johnie), grandson, Scott Dewar (Andrea) of Bakersfield, CA and granddaughter, Traci Lawrence of Cornelius, NC, and great granddaughters, Megan and Madison & Kami, and great grandsons Michael and Mathew. The family is very grateful and gives special thanks to long time caregiver and friend, Evelyn Pineda. Also, thanks to Elba Perez for her support, and to long time caring friend, Eva Chavaerria.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
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