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August 14, 1934 - August 18, 2015 Richard Borun, a lifelong UCLA enthusiast and member of the founding family of Thrifty Drug Stores, died Aug. 18 at 81. A 1956 UCLA graduate, he remained committed to the university, the athletic department and his Pi Lambda Phi fraternity brothers throughout his life. For years, he attended every home basketball and football game, as well as many away games. Born Aug. 14, 1934, in Los Angeles, Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1956. There, he was president of Pi Lambda Phi and the Gold Key. He was also the fraternity editor of Southern Campus Yearbook. He went on to attend Hastings Law School and served in the Air National Guard from 1959-1965. A strong supporter of UCLA, he was a member of the Chancellor's Association, and was one of the select few who accompanied Chancellor Charles Young to China to open Canton University in 1975. Richard spent his career working in various capacities for his family's business, Thrifty Drug Stores. Thrifty was founded as Borun Brothers in 1929 and was subsequently acquired by Rite Aid Corp. An avid sports fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of sports trivia, he attended most Los Angeles Rams, Raiders and Laker games with his daughters when time permitted. Above all else, Richard's greatest love was his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years, Suzanne Forstall Borun, as well as his two cherished daughters, Brigitte and Jennifer, and his devoted son-in-law, Randy Starr. He especially took to his role as grandfather and doted on his granddaughters, Ashley and Lauren, and his grandson, Dillon. Richard truly enjoyed films and made a point to view and rate every film nominated for any Academy Award on his own personal rating system. A fan of photography, he rarely went out without a camera in hand. He often said he did not like taking pictures but he loved having them after the fact. He loved traveling and encouraged his daughters to see the world. He especially enjoyed spending time in Hawaii with his family. He will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held Thursday Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel of the Dawn, 1925 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2015
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