Stanley M. Zimmerman
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June 18, 1932 - July 10, 2020 Stanley Zimmerman passed away on Friday July 10, 2020, less than a month after celebrating his 88th birthday on June 18th. Stanley was a philanthropist, business innovator, and strong supporter of government action to protect the rights of the individual. He was born in Terra Haute, Indiana, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. In 1944 his parents Ben and Edith Zimmerman moved the family to Los Angeles, settling in Beverly Hills in 1947. Stan married the love of his life, Myrna Vickman on December 20, 1959, and together they raised four children, Jay, David, Thomas, and Rebecca. Stan started his business education in elementary school, helping his father with the beer distributing business, which Ben had founded when they lived in the Midwest. Stan would recount stories of the physical labor involved, cleaning up broken bottles and filling trucks. As is now well known, Stan always had a love affair with cars, which may have started with driving trucks in the beer yard, or maybe with the jalopy he bought and fixed up in his high school years. Decades later, this love culminated in his gathering a collection of rare, beautiful, and unique cars which became the Automobile Driving Museum of El Segundo, California - which he founded and for which he was the principal sponsor. Stan's business career began early and lasted long; and he loved to tell the stories, such as his success as a teenager, selling meat in bulk to homeowners. His college career was interrupted by a stint in the military during the Korean conflict. Fortunately for him, because of his typing and organizational skills, he was sent to Germany (then occupied), and served as a secretary to a general, and also the chief clerk in a medical unit. While in Europe, never one to sit on his hands, Stan acquired sets of fine china and shipped them back to the states to be resold; he helped a friend of his father's in the business of plywood manufacturing and distribution; and continued feeding his car dreams by acquiring an Austin Healy which he had shipped home at the end of his tour of duty. Stan finished his college career at UCLA, majoring in Finance. In recognition of his gratitude for his education, Stan later funded a chair position in the Economics Department of UCLA. After graduating UCLA, Stan was accepted to and began attending Law School, having a predilection and natural talent for it. Always, though, preferring hands on to work and build, Stan opted instead to rejoin his father, Benjamin Zimmerman, helping to found and grow Mortgage Refinance Company which became one of the leading lenders in the then new second mortgage loan business in California. An innovator in the field, Stan helped to develop the first consumer disclosure form for mortgages to protect the rights of the consumer. For over forty years, he worked closely with various California Legislators to develop ideas to grow the available sources of consumer capital while at the same time protecting the rights of consumers. He was active in the Mortgage Brokers Institute (now the California Mortgage Association) serving in many capacities including Legislative Chair and President. As the consumer mortgage industry grew and became national in scope, Stan put his passion and energy into a new organization, the National Home Equity Mortgage Association. He served this trade association for many years, again holding many offices, including Chairman of the Board. Stan also supported politicians who aligned with his views on the rights of the average working taxpayer, both by financial gifts and by providing strategic advice. He served on many state committees involving legislative programs, and was appointed to the prestigious California Little Hoover Commission in 2000, where served for more than three years. He was the principal author of a study "Back to the Community: Safe & Sound Parole Policies" in which he worked to create a plan to reduce recidivism, with a passionate support of parolees. Stan also worked tirelessly to support and grow the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research, which had been supported by his loving sister Mynda and her friends. Mynda's tragic passing early in her life from cancer, moved Stan to continuously devote substantial energy and support to Concern over his lifetime. In addition to UCLA, and Concern, Stan and Myrna were members of and supporters of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Stan was a mentor to many in the finance business, providing his guidance and capital to help others succeed. In his relatively quieter later years, Stan devoted his energy to growing the Automobile Driving Museum. His philosophy is encapsulated in the mission that he created for the museum: namely that it be an everyman's museum, where the public could get up close to the cars, so they could experience them as he did. Stan is survived by his loving wife Myrna, his son Jay, his son David and his wife Lisa, his son Thomas and his wife Kat, and his daughter Rebecca, as well as six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.



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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 14 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 22, 2020
Truly a wonderful, thoughtful, and compassionate man who was a friend for over forty years. You will be missed. Robert & Shelly Malinow
Robert Malinow
Friend
July 22, 2020
Mr. Stanley Zimmerman, gave me a chance to work with him on a small real estate transaction. An unexpected issue occured. He solved it graciously and fairly. He was kind and professional to me. What a great man.
Jack M Bennett
Acquaintance
July 22, 2020
Mr. Stanley Zimmermann was graceful to me.

He allowed me the privilege to work with him in a small real estate transaction.

When an unexpected issue occured, Mr. Zimmermann took charge figured out the solution worked with everybody in a positive profesional and compassionate manner. To me he will always be a great giving intelligent spirit!
Jack M Bennett
Friend
July 22, 2020
I had to pleasure of inheriting some of Stanley’s contributions to the world around him via working with his cousin Mitchell Feinstein. I always admired Stanley and although was not aware of his many accomplishments every time we were present anywhere together I knew he was a Giant among men. When learning his birthday was a day before mine and now learning that he and my beloved mom were born in the same month and year endears him even more to me. He is truly a legend and will live on in our minds and hearts. Rest well Mr Z.
Brittany Jorden-Slack/BJ
Coworker
July 18, 2020
My father and myself were his gardeners and it saddens me to hear of his passing.
Luis Luna Jr
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
My prayers to his family and friends.
Roy
Roy Crunk
Friend
July 17, 2020
My heart goes out to his family!!!! He was a wonderful person.
Jean Willen
Family
July 17, 2020
He will be missed, and his many kindnesses will be remembered.
RODMAN W GREGG
Friend
July 17, 2020
Stan was a very dear family friend for years.
We shared many happy occasions.
We will miss him very much!!

Sherry Naiman & Sterns family
susan sterns
Family
July 16, 2020
It was my great honor to get to know Stanley and Myrna 15 years ago through UCLA. Stanley was a wonderfully warm and kind man and he was dedicated to giving of his time and expertise to our students. I will miss him very much.
Andy Atkeson
Friend
July 16, 2020
Stanley and his father, Benjamin, were my first employers when I moved to the U.S.A. I worked for the family business for over thirty years and, like other employees, was treated as part of the family. Stanley was a fount of wisdom and advice. I will always appreciate his kindness to me, what he taught me and the opportunities he gave me. My heart goes out to his family especially his wife, Myrna. Rest in Peace.
Marilyn Taylor
Coworker
July 16, 2020
It is with my deepest sorrow to hear of Stanley's passing.
Stanley was one of the most significant, inspirational, and intelligent individuals I have had the privilege of meeting during my lifetime.

Being welcomed by Stanley and his fellow leaders of the Mortgage Institute changed my life thereafter. His thoughts, guidance, and his vast knowledge were always available to me.

My prayers and sympathies are extended to all who so dearly loved and admired Stanley...
and, that includes me! S. GUY PUCCIO
Guy Puccio
Friend
July 15, 2020
Stanley was my first cousin once removed. I only met him once & that was about 53 years ago when I also met his father Ben, my first cousin, for the first time since being an adult. That branch of the Zimmerman family broke away from Baltimore, MD and headed West to make their fortune. I still recall that meeting with pleasure.
Annette Zimmerman Singer
Family
July 15, 2020
RIP Stanley you were a wonderful caring man and Boss. Hearing of your passing took us by surprise. My thoughts immediately went to the words you said to my brother Raul you are not an employee you are family Thank you for all you did for us. God bless you and RIP you will be missed.
Sandy Real & Raul Munoz
Coworker
July 15, 2020
He taught many of us our our trade. The private money mortgage community lost a founding member.
Steve Leidner
July 15, 2020
Rest In peace!!!!! i worked for Stanley for over 11 years and I must admit that I learned so much from him. I can remember how he used to tease me for always talking to much with everyone but he made me sit next to the elevator (smile) specially knowing how I am . I will miss a great boss and a great man
Brenda
Coworker
July 14, 2020
Growing up, Stanley was always happy to chat about cars with me, a little girl. I always wanted to know about the latest car he got from Hershey. He would let us scream around BH in the 46 Packard Henny Ambulance w siren blaring, while we were in the back doing surgery on a watermelon.

By the time I hit the ripe ol age of 21, I was finally allowed to start driving the cars. I was the test driver. I was beyond thrilled. Hed send me out for a week at a time in whatever car they had that needed miles on it. I had to report back every sound, leak or smell. He loved the idea of a girl driving the old packards. Not just the usual old guys youd see. I never once got in a wreck but have tons of crazy memories in his cars. One time, I returned a car after a week following Halloween. About an hour later, I get a frantic call from him, What did I do to the car? Theres bullet holes in the back trunk. I had borrowed the 41 Plymouth when I decided to go as Bonnie & Clyde for Halloween. We put fake bullet hole stickers all over the car and forgot to take a few off. I had to explain to him that they were made for motorcycle tank decorations. He hadnt gotten close enough to tell they were just stickers.

I finally bought my own vintage cars and would go to Stanley whenever I was about to purchase or after and hed inspect it for me. He rated my 72 Cutlass Supreme a Class 2 and my 49 Chevy truck just a fun driver.

He was truly a wonderful cousin/uncle to me. I feel very lucky to have known him.
Denise Saffren
Family
July 14, 2020
I worked for him and his associates for over 30 years. He had very high intelligence and his ability to quickly analyze and solve complicated issues was astonishing. He treated his employees as family and he rewarded loyalty. I learned a lot from him and I will never forget him.
Michael Morrison
Coworker
July 14, 2020
I've known Stanley through my association with the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) that he created, these past 13+ years. I'm a Docent and Sponsor. Stanley was true "Car Guy" and a major player in the SoCal Vintage Car Hobby. His desire to save the history of the Automobile and bring it to the public close-up was inspirational to all of us who knew him. We will miss Stanley but his memory will live on within the walls and grounds of the ADM. God Bless Stanley and his wonderful family.
Jerry Mull
Friend
July 14, 2020
Rest in peace , a life of value to your family and all those you touched.❤
Julian Kasten
Acquaintance
July 14, 2020
He was a good man.
John Kihm
Friend
July 14, 2020
He was a wonderful man and I feel blessed to have been hired by him. Probably the best boss I ever had - and I had many.
Kathleen Osmon
Coworker
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