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Richard K. Ives


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Richard K. Ives Obituary
October 22, 1929 - May 19, 2017 IVES, Richard King -- Passed away Friday, May 19 at Marin Convalescent & Rehabilitation Hospital. Richard (Rich) is survived by his brother, Burdett Louis Ives, Jr. of Suffolk, VA, and his four daughters: Kathleen Ives of Newburyport, MA, Sharon Ives Kirchheimer (David) of La Cañada, CA, Lisa Ives of Cary, NC, and Cameron Ives (David Stockert) of Atlanta, GA. Eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive him. Born October 22, 1929 in Pasadena, CA, Richard attended Whittier College and the University of Southern California from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, 1952. He was active in campus affairs and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and business manager for the Daily Trojan. He subsequently attended and graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received his Master's in Business Administration, 1954. He was married 47 years to the love of his life, Patricia Kurtz Ives before her passing in 2001. Rich proudly served as a Lieutenant, United States Navy from 1954-1957. From 1957-1972 he held a succession of increasingly diverse and strategically significant positions within the sales and marketing division of IBM. He left IBM to assume the role of Western Regional Manager for DPF&G; then became a partner with Bacchi, Bentley, Evans & Gould, Inc. He formed his own executive search organization, Richard K. Ives & Company in 1975, welcoming partner Bill Wilkinson in 1984 to the rebranded firm, Wilkinson & Ives. He led Wilkinson & Ives until his retirement in 2000. Rich was an avid golfer (one could find Rich at Marin Meadow Club most weekends), gourmet cook, sports fanatic, volunteer, and member of the Los Angeles-based Jonathan Club, an organization priding itself on "what it means to be greater than oneself" as well as the Merchants Exchange Club and the California Executive Recruiters Association. Despite suffering a debilitating eye injury in 2009, Richard continued to travel around the world with friends and family, one of his lifelong passions. A memorial service will be held at 10am on Saturday, July 15, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA with a reception immediately following in nearby La Cañada. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Alumni Association of the University of Southern California or a .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 26, 2017
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