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Julius L. Zelman


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Julius L. Zelman Obituary
November 16, 1919 - April 8, 2016 Julius L. Zelman, 96, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2016, in Los Angeles, where he was born. Julius, affectionately known as "Pops" or "Big Z," was predeceased by his beloved brother, Sam, who lived to 100. He is survived by Anita, the love of his life and wife of 72 years. He is also survived by his devoted daughter, Julie, and her husband, Ken, who was like a son to him. He leaves behind two grandchildren, Daniel (Cari) and Rachel (Patrick), who were the lights of his life and his supreme accomplishments. Julius was blessed with four great-grandchildren (Leah, Jessica, Julian and Adina) whose milestones made him beam. After being a radar instructor for the Navy in Word War II, Julius joined his parents' successful dry goods business in Los Angeles. Using the knowledge he gained from expanding the business, he became an industrial real estate developer and built numerous buildings under the name Zelman Development Company. Even when he retired, the name of the company lived on. Julius always prided himself on having high ethical standards and regard for each person in all aspects of his business. Julius's success allowed him and his beloved wife, Anita, to travel the world. He was the photographer and Anita, the travel writer. They also amassed an extensive collection of Whistler etchings, which was donated to LACMA, where Julius had served as a trustee. As a UCLA graduate, he avidly supported student scholarships. Julius was a captivating conversationalist and raconteur. Joke telling tickled him. He adored Jerry Lewis movies, Jack Benny and so many other comedians, as well as klezmer music, slack key guitar, and Bing Crosby. To a life richly lived, a generous heart and true Renaissance man, Julius, you will live in the hearts of family and friends forever. Per Julius's request, a private family funeral will be held. Email [email protected] for information about a memorial gathering for family and friends. In honor of his commitment to the arts, please consider a donation in Julius' honor to LA Phil's YOLA Neighborhood Project or UCLA's Design for Sharing.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 10, 2016
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