Westwood Presbyterian Church
10822 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Wallace Wray Booth Jr.

1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Wallace Wray Booth Jr. Obituary
September 30, 1922 - June 9, 2016 Wallace W. Booth, prominent Southern California business executive and philanthropist, died at home in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 9, 2016. He was 93. Wally was born in 1922 in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Following service in the Army Air Corps in Europe and India during World War II, he received his B.A. and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. He served as a proud alumnus on the Board of Trustees, and later endowed a professorial chair in the School of Business. He began his business career in the auto industry working for Ford Motor Company, eventually becoming the Managing Director of Ford of Australia. In 1968 he moved to the burgeoning aerospace industry in Southern California as Executive Vice President of Rockwell International. Later he served as CEO for both United Brands and Ducommun, Inc. One of Wally's outstanding characteristics was his selfless generosity, which included efforts on behalf of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), the Children's Bureau, and the League for Children. He was also a former president of the Southern California United Way. Beloved husband of Rosemary for eighteen years, and predeceased by Donna, to whom he was married for fifty years. Wally and Donna had two children, a daughter Ann Booth Cox (Brian), and a son John England Booth (Cindie). He also had a great love for Rosemary's son William Arthur Herd (Joy). Wally was a proud grandfather to Clare Rice (Dan), John Cox (Rebecca), and Lauren Freitas (Ross). He was also great grandfather to Eric, Eleanor and Emmett Rice, and Gwen and Nora Freitas. The family is especially grateful to Wally's dedicated caregivers Raul and Virginia Espiritu, and their daughter Athena. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, at 11am, at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to either The League for Children (www.all4kids.org), or ARCS (www.arcsfoundation.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 12, 2016
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