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Attorney, real estate developer, and philanthropist Gilbert Dreyfuss died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, after suffering for several months with intraductal carcinoma of the prostate. He was 88. Born in Middle Village, Queens, the youngest of four sons, Mr. Dreyfuss was a graduate of Boys High School in Brooklyn. After a brief period at Cooper Union, he joined the Navy and served as an Electronic Technician's Mate in Puerto Rico. Upon discharge in 1946, he moved to California and enrolled at USC, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in accounting in 1949, and became a CPA in 1952. In 1953 he married Evelyn Herman, and resided for over fifty years in Cheviot Hills, raising his family on Queensbury Drive. He attended Loyola Law School in the evenings while working as a CPA, and passed the Bar in 1954. He was a founding partner of the law firm known today as Richards, Watson & Gershon (it was Richards, Watson, Dreyfuss & Gershon until 1987), where he was a certified tax attorney, and specialized also in real estate law. As a real estate developer, Gil was a partner in the Hyatt House Hotel in the City of Commerce, built in 1962, and as attorney for the Angeles Crest Development Company was instrumental in the creation of La Cañada Country Club in that same year. Throughout his varied real estate career, he developed homes and a shopping center in Lemon Grove and Chula Vista in San Diego County, a commercial office park in Simi Valley, rehabilitated the Washington Building in Downtown Los Angeles, and developed the Greenridge subdivision of the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, which he bought in 1977. He never retired. In addition to his business career, Gil was an avid scholar of Jewish Studies, and contributed numerous Torah commentaries in services at the Brandeis-¬Bardin Institute and Sinai Temple, serving at both institutions as a board member. With Evelyn, he was an active participant in the Free Soviet Jewry movement of the 1970's, and was a fierce advocate for women's rights. Gil was also a skilled musician and songwriter, had a beautiful tenor voice, and frequently wrote songs for his friends. His most noted song was "Live Every Day," a motto he lived by to the end. In recent years he enjoyed singing standards, performing in various venues in Southern California, and anywhere else he could find a microphone. A dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his devoted wife of sixty¬two years, Evelyn, sons Lee and Randy, daughter Melanie, daughters¬-in¬-law Pamela and Kellie, and grandchildren Raphael, Sophia, and Lexie. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research (concernfoundation.org) or the Brandeis-¬Bardin Institute. Funeral services will be held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Hollywood Hills on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 18, 2015
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