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Ronald P. Markowitz


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Ronald P. Markowitz Obituary
January 29, 1935 - November 21, 2017 It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald P. Markowitz (Ron), 82, announce his passing surrounded by loved ones at his home on Tuesday, November 21st. Ron was born January 29th, 1935 to Abe and Rose Markowitz at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles High School and then UCLA. He was a member of the Tau Upsilon Fraternity and a lifelong member of his childhood social club, the Dragons. Ron also completed military service at Ford Ord and then as part of the Army Reserve. An avid inventor from a young age, Ron worked with his father to build beverage dispensers in their home garage and backyard, eventually starting a company called Automatic Dispenser Equipment Company (ADECO). ADECO would later become the largest Coca-Cola distributor in the country. Throughout his career and wonderful life, he was known by his work colleagues and family as always being fair, honest, humble and kind. More important than any of his business ventures was his family and philanthropic work. Beyond his three children, Ron was a loving and caring father, grandfather, brother and husband to Cookie, children Teri Markowitz, Gary Markowitz (Candy, Hannah, Rachel), Carri Bennett, Lisa Derderian (Ron, Grant), Tracy Forester (Greg, Grace, Jack), Kim Hanning (Cooper, Nate, Sydney, Delany), and his brothers, Larry and Joel. Ron met his eternal love Cookie, and their relationship was an immediate attraction of love and affection. Inseparable in their daily lives, their love radiated to everyone around them and their friends enjoyed being part of their lives. Together, they were avid supporters of numerous cancer research and prevention initiatives. They served as Presidents of Stop Cancer, chaired numerous committees on the Cedars-Sinai Health System Board of Governors, and most recently created the Cookie and Ron Markowitz Cancer Center patient lobby. Services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Wednesday, November 22nd at 12:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Research Institute, c/o Dr. Shlomo Melmed, Room 2015, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 22, 2017
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