Edward M. Zolla
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ZOLLA, Edward M. Died unexpectedly from a sudden cardiac event while on a family vacation in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 2, 2006. Ed was born in Chicago, in, 1947, the devoted son of the late Betty and Edward M. Zolla, Jr. He was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation he was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy and served his tour of duty in Viet Nam. Ed was very proud of his service to his country, and was equally proud to return to Viet Nam years later in pursuit of humanitarian and Vietnamese economic development causes, thereby completing for him, his real tour of duty. A successful entrepreneur, Ed launched, acquired, and operated a multitude of enterprises in a variety of industries, including a liquid bottling company serving Fortune 100 clients, a large consumer textile manufacturing and import company, and others. He most recently founded Industrial Equity Capital, an acquisition firm. For nearly 30 years, Ed was the founder and President of Horizon Construction, a construction and property management firm specializing in affordable housing throughout Los Angeles and Kern County and student housing at the University of Southern California. He measured all his many business ventures and economic accomplishments not only by their financial statements, but by the opportunities he created for the people he worked with and the communities he impacted. Ed's work ethic led to long hours and seven day work weeks. He was a long time active member of the Young President's Organization and World President's Organization. Ed's entrepreneurial skill, abundant energy and insight was not limited to business. In honor of his mother's work at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, he founded "Holidays from the Heart (formerly the "Holiday Elf Program") at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, in which Christmas was delivered by him, his family, and his friends, to countless families with sick and dying children. In addition, Ed's annual Chinese New Year Dinner Event provided a "unique" dining experience and over the years, he and co-founders raised enough funds to build an orthopedic surgical unit for Children's Hospital. Ed, the contractor, built the homeless teen shelter for the Los Angeles Youth Network, where he also served on the Board of Directors for many years. Ed, patron of the arts, was a proud member of the Los Angeles Opera Board of Directors, serving on their education committee where he was committed to bringing opera into the public schools. With his wife Susan, he was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Board of Overseers, and sponsor of the Center Theatre Group. While many other non profit organizations and individuals profited from his largess, the cause closest to Ed's world vision was to provide access to college for inner city youth. Ed endowed full scholarships for inner city minority students at the University of Pennsylvania and Bucknell University. He also funded financial aid packages at Franklin Marshall College and Colgate University, and was a generous benefactor to the One Voice Scholarship program and the Fulfillment Fund. He taught a class on entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business and in typical Ed Zolla style, most recently taught business finance at Manuel Arts High School. Ed enjoyed travel, the more exotic the better, scuba diving, recently took up running, and was an avid cyclist who deeply deeply treasured his Pelaton Cycling Group and their 50 mile Saturday morning road bike rides. Enough yet? No. Just about everyday, Ed met with someone: a friend, a friend's son or daughter, a high school student, or friend of a friend, someone, who sought Ed's advice, counsel, and candid direction. He helped so many, so very many, find their better self and achieve their very best. Ed's life was short but Ed's impact and accomplishments will endure far beyond his lifetime on earth. Beyond all, Ed loved his family with a devotion we may never see again. We are too sad to write anymore. Suffice is to say that for those of us whom he loved, there c91010

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Sep. 7, 2006.
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January 15, 2020
For some reason, I thought of Ed today. I was a representative of a Fortune 50 company that did business with PAC since its nascent years. Even though we often argued (negotiated?), we became very friendly during this time frame. However, I was not aware of all the aspects of his life but I realize that is what made Ed who he was. He was truly;y a Renaissance man. I miss him often.
Charles Hoffman
September 20, 2006
Hello Susan and Family

words cannot descibe the loss to all of us in the untimely pasing of Ed. Ed was one of the most influential people in my life and acutally gave me the start in Textiles and Importing which continues to be my carrer now after meeting and working with Ed over 20 years ago.

Ed and Anne were were at our Wedding 17 years ago and remain in our hearts

Having traveled with Ed around the world to many exotic locations, we know the world is an emptier place and we hope Ed is in a better place

God Bless and Peace...

Scott & Tina Silver
Scott and Tina Silver
September 9, 2006
Dear Susan and Family:
I knew you and Ed through Darrell, and it is through him that I know of Ed's passing. Ed and Darrell went many a mile together. It's so rare to know someone who keeps his best friends for ever, and who loves his family so completely. Please accept my condolences.
With love,
Fred Burstein
Fred Burstein
September 8, 2006
Susan and Family--
words fail to convey our shock & sadness for your loss.please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences
Murray & Linda Ross
murray ross
September 8, 2006

Jenny and I were shocked and saddened to hear about Ed. What a remarkable life he had. We wish you peace.

With sympathy,
Ched Bradley
September 8, 2006
Ed was already unforgetable but his legacy will be his many good works on behalf of others. My condolences to his family.
steve geringer
September 8, 2006
Dear Susan, Peter, Alissa and family,

Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family on this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Mary and Paul Bartle
Paul Bartle
September 7, 2006
Although miles separated us, Ed you will be deeply missed. You will always be remembered in our hearts and prayers.

Susan and family, our deepest sympathies. We want to thank you for sharing this unique, one of a kind man with us and so many others.
Carol & Bob Dimatteo
September 7, 2006
Both Judy and I sent our sympathies, best wishes, and fond memories of a great guy as we think about the shock of this loss to us all.
The comments in this summary of his accomplishments ring so true for us as I think about all the wisdom , financial support, and exposure he offered us in our time in Southern California.
Steve Morris
September 7, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of a unique college fraternity brother.


Eddie Goldtein (THETA CHAPTER 1968)
September 7, 2006
From the early days at PAC, we became business partners and friends. He always called me on my birthday. The beautiful photo of his new granddaughter was the last time i had a chance to communicate with Ed. My world today has a hole in it now that cannot be filled. Ed, you will be missed.
Jack Basso
September 7, 2006
I only knew Ed for a short time as he analized the opportunity to make an investment in ICG/Holliston but I appreciated the kindness he displayed to all those in need and I wish the best to all those close to him as he will be missed.
Bob Dwyer
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