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Karl Samuel Price


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Karl Samuel Price Obituary
April 11, 1921 - December 25, 2017 Karl Price lost his long battle against dementia on December 25. He was born to humble beginnings in Louisville, KY. His parents, David and Eva Price, emigrated from Poland. Karl's intense work ethic began early, when he first started selling newspapers at nine. Though Karl was recognized as extremely intelligent, he never studied and was the class clown, until he attended Louisville Male High School and joined R.O.T.C. and the band. He attended Butler University in Indianapolis for two years before enlisting in the Army in 1943, and was assigned to the Army Combat Engineers, serving in France, Belgium, and Germany, initially as a demolition specialist, and later as a medic. After V-E Day, he remained in the French Riviera with the Army dance band. Like many veterans of that era, he considered his war service to be life altering. Upon discharge, Karl attended Stanford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then graduated Stanford Law School in 1950, intending to become a tax lawyer. He moved to Los Angeles and instead joined the entertainment law firm of Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin, where he eventually became managing partner. He left to become Executive Vice President of Corday Productions, the producer of Days of Our Lives. In 1955 Karl married Sylvia (Nevelson) Price, and they had two children, Howard and Elisa. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Jaymie, Rowen, Darren, and Fiona. During his marriage and after, Karl had a zest for travel and visited over 100 countries. A born teacher, one of his greatest joys was motivating people to exceed their capabilities. He was a passionate collector of art and antiquities. He also enjoyed tracking his family's genealogy when he wasn't playing golf. Karl was extremely philanthropic to a number of organizations and causes, most notably The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. His memory will live on through his recent support of Unistream, an organization in Israel that empowers disadvantaged youth. He is survived by his children, Howard (Valerie) and Elisa (Steven Rubin), grandchildren, and extended family in the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The Anti Defamation League, and Unistream. Services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, December 28th at Hillside Memorial Park.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 28, 2017
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