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Paul Chaffee Lovelace

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June 18, 1915 - May 27, 2015 Last of the great Southern gentlemen, Paul was born in Marion, Alabama (just 16 miles from Selma) to Ruby and Paul Lovelace. He won an appointment to the United State Naval Academy graduating in the class of 1938 at the beginning of World War II. Paul served on ships on both coasts until entering Naval Aviation in 1944. He commanded a Carrier Attack Squadron of Torpedo planes till 1950, moving to jet fighters flying off Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. From 1958 he worked on Atomic Weapons plans for the US Pacific Fleet, retiring in 1962 after 28 years in the Navy to earn his MBA at George Washington University. At Northrop Corporation he continued with air-to-ground missile development till leaving to gain his certifications in real estate, mutual and stock funds and taxes. In 1949 Paul married Ann Blake Graves of Spokane. Her first husband had been killed in the war so Paul and Ann raised her son Bruce who served as a Marine Captain in Vietnam. Working in real estate for 23 years with properties in several states, they settled in their Westwood home apartment cooperative in 1972 where Paul became Chairman and President of the Wilshire Ardmore Corp. overseeing a full sellout and revitalizing operations. He continued to serve 15 more years on the Board. Paul and Ann enjoyed travels to Italy, he joined the early PLATO Society of UCLA, and took up golfing. Paul's main church was Brentwood Presbyterian where he taught 6th grade Sunday School (an "experience!"), and served as Elder, Deacon, Usher, education Superintendent over 44 years. His passion was Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies with both the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the UCLA Academy. In 2003 their son Bruce died and Ann died the next year after 55 years of marriage. Recuperating from these serious losses Paul met Zenaida Luna in 2005 and they married in 2013 adding immense joy to Paul's ninth decade. He was famous for baking brownies as a gift to friends, staff, taxi and bus drivers, waiters... He died just 3 weeks before a planned gala on his 100th Birthday where he had planned to sing a duet with his wife Zenny. He is survived by his nephews Charlie and Paul W. Lovelace of GA and AL, niece Sheard McCulley and grand nephew Mason McCulley of CA, Charles Howard of CA and his parents and many many friends and admirers. Inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery 11AM June 18th, Memorial at Brentwood Presbyterian Church 2PM June 20th. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 14, 2015
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