Friday, October 23, 2020

L.A. Real Estate Businessman Fred Sands 2015 Westwood Village Cemetery

Fred Sands (February 16, 1938 – October 23, 2015) was an American business executive and real estate investor. He served as the Chairman of Vintage Capital Group.

Early life

Fred Sands was born to a Jewish family[1] on February 16, 1938 in Manhattan, New York City.[2][3][4] His father was a taxi driver.[4] He moved to Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California with his parents in 1945, when he was seven years old.[2][4]

Sands was educated at Roosevelt High School. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles.


Sands established Fred Sands Realtors, a real estate company headquartered in Brentwood, Los Angeles, in the 1960s.[4] Over the years, the company opened 65 offices in California.[4] In 2000, he sold it to Coldwell Banker.[1] The merger was managed by Lloyd Greif.[5]

Sands headed two private investment firms, Vintage Capital Group and Vintage Real estate, both headquartered in Los Angeles. Vintage Capital Group invested in a variety of businesses and industries, specializing in turnarounds of distressed companies and bankruptcies. Vintage Real Estate and Vintage Fund Management were both wholly owned divisions of the Group. The company typically acquired underperforming shopping centers and renovated them.[6][7][8] Among the firm's current projects is South Bay Pavilion, in Carson, California.[9] Fred also owned radio stations and hotels in the past.

Sands was the original estate agent for Mulholland Estates, a gated community in Los Angeles.[10]


Sands was a co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,[4] and served as the Vice Chairman of its Board of Trustees.[11] He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Opera.[12]

Sands was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts and a liaison to the Kennedy Center.[11] He was also appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Arts Council.[11]

Personal life

Sands was married to Carla Herd, a philanthropist who serves as President of the Blue Ribbon Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center[2][13] and was appointed United States Ambassador to Denmark by President Donald Trump in 2017. They resided in Bel Air and collected art.[2]

He had a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Alexandra.[3]


Fred Sands died of a stroke in Boston, Massachusetts on October 23, 2015 at the age of 77.[4] His funeral was held at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, California on October 30, 2015.[3][1]

Fred Sands is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. 


1. Torok, Ryan (October 27, 2015). "Fred Sands, real estate leader and philanthropist, dies at 77". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
2. Peter Y. Hong, Knowing when to get in, and out, The Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2009
3. Lopez, Matt (October 26, 2015). "Real Estate Mogul Fred Sands Dies At 77." The Beverly Hills Courier. Beverly Hills, California. 
4. Khouri, Andrew (October 27, 2015). "Fred Sands, once the king of high-end L.A. real estate, dies at 77." The Los Angeles Times. 
5. Oldham, Jennifer; Wedner, Diane (December 2, 2000). "Southland Real Estate Giants to Merge." The Los Angeles Times.
6. "Vintage Real Estate buys retail center north of Cincinnati." Los Angeles Business Journal. 2007-07-26. 
7. Hong, Peter Y. (2009-01-11). "Knowing when to get in, and out." Los Angeles Times. 
8. "Vintage Real Estate. (appointments)." Los Angeles Business Journal. 2007-02-19. 
9. Vincent, Roger (2009-07-09). "Fred Sands adds South Bay Pavilion to growing portfolio." Los Angeles Times. 
10. Crouch, Gregory (October 30, 1988). "Subdivision Claims Beverly Hills Style--in Sherman Oaks." The Los Angeles Times. 
11. MOCA Raises $57 Million, Contributes $8.5 Million to Endowment Assets, Art Daily,
 Crouch, Gregory (October 30, 1988). "Subdivision Claims Beverly Hills Style--in Sherman Oaks." The Los Angeles Times. 
12. Los Angeles Opera: Board of Trustees
13. Los Angeles Music Center

Saturday, October 17, 2020

L.A. Architect Roland Coate 1958 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Roland Coate (December 5, 1890 – October 17, 1958) was an American architect. He designed many houses and buildings in California, three of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Early life

Roland Coate was born on December 5, 1890 in Richmond, Indiana.[1] He attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana from 1910 to 1912, and he graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1914.[1]


In 1924, Coate designed the Campbell House located at 1244 Wentworth Avenue in Pasadena, California.[2] He also designed the Robert E. Pond House located at 655 Bradford Street in Pasadena.[3] In 1925, he designed the Stafford W. Sixby House located at 1148 Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena, California, which went on to win a Certificate of Honor from the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1927.[4] 

The following year, he designed the Eva K.J. Fudger House located at 211 Muirfield Road in Hancock Park, Los Angeles; it was later purchased by Howard Hughes (1905-1976).[5] He also designed Fudger's residence at 1103 San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[6]

In 1930, Coate designed the Elliott Bandini House located at Via Almar and Via Arroyo in Palos Verdes Estates, California.[7] The same year, he designed the Monterey Colonial style mansion of D.C. Norcross located at 673 Siena Way in Bel Air, Los Angeles; A.E. Hanson (1893-1986) was the landscape architect.[8] In 1931, he designed the Monterey Colonial style Pasadena Town Club located at 378 South Madison Avenue in Pasadena, California.[9] In 1933 and 1934, he designed the private residence of film producer David O. Selznick (1902-1965) in Beverly Hills.[10] In 1934, he designed the W.B Hart House in Pasadena, California and the Parley Johnson House in Downey, California.[11][12] The same year, he also designed the private residence of Henry W. O'Melveny located at 1709 Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air.[13] In 1939, he designed the Everett Sebring House located at 612 Berkshire Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge, California.[14] He renovated and enlarged the Jack Warner Estate. In 1941, he designed the private residence of Robert Taylor (1911-1969) and Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) located at 1101 Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[15]

Together with Silas Reese Burns (1855-1940), Sumner Hunt (1865-1938) and Aurele Vermeulen (1885-1983), Coate designed the headquarters of the Automobile Club of Southern California located at 2601 South Figueroa Street from 1921 to 1923.[16]

Together with Reginald Davis Johnson (1882-1952) and Gordon Kaufmann (1888–1949), Coate designed the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California in 1923, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[17][18][19] In 1924, they designed Camp Arthur Letts, named after Arthur Letts, of the Boy Scouts of America in the Hollywood Hills.[20] The same year, they designed the Hale Solar Laboratory and the Griffith House (at 1275 Hillcrest Avenue) in Pasadena.[21][22] In 1924-1925, they designed a new building for Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral located at 615 South Figueroa Street; it was demolished in the 1970s.[23] He also designed the private residence of H.C. Lippiatt & M.P. Taylor in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[24]

His achievements include works that are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[25] These include (with attribution spellings that vary):

Casa de Parley Johnson, 7749 Florence Ave., Downey, California (Coate, Roland A.) Built 1927 in Mission/Spanish Revival style, NRHP-listed[25]

Hale Solar Laboratory, 740 Holladay Rd., Pasadena, California (Johnson, Kaufman & Coate), built 1924 in Mission/Spanish Revival, Spanish Colonial style, NRHP-listed[25]

Lake Arrowhead, 778 Shelter Cove Dr., Lake Arrowhead, California, also known as John O'Melveny Residence (Coate, Roland E.), NRHP-listed[25]

Coate became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1937.[1] His work was also part of the architecture event in the art competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[26]

Personal life and death

Coate had a beach house he built in 1935 located in Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California.[27] He had 2 sons, William Bleecker Coate and Roland E Coate, Jr., also an architect, and one daughter, Suzanne Coate.[1] He died on October 17, 1958 in San Diego County, California.[1]

Roland Coate is buried in the Garden of Remembrance at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale

Further reading

Appleton, Marc; Parsons, Bret; Vaught, Steve (2018). Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Roland E. Coate. Tailwater Press. ISBN 978-0999666418.


1. Pacific Coast Architecture Database

2. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Campbell House, Pasadena, CA

3. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Robert E. Pond House, Pasadena, CA

4. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Stafford W. Sixby House, South Pasadena, CA

5. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Eva K.J. Fudger House, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA

6. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Mrs. Richard B. Fudger House, Beverly Hills, CA

7. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Elliott Bandini House, Palos Verdes Estates, California

8. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: D.C. Norcross House, Los Angeles, CA

9. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Pasadena Town Club, Pasadena, CA

10. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: David O. Selznick House, Beverly Hills, CA

11. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: W.B Hart House, Pasadena, CA

12. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Farley Johnson House, Downey, CA

13. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Henry W. O'Melveny House, Los Angeles, CA

14. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Everett Sebring House, La Cañada Flintridge, California

15. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck House, Beverly Hills, CA

16. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Automobile Club of Southern California Headquarters

17. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: All Saints' Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA

18. 'All Saints' church in Pasadena to have new home,' The Los Angeles Times, 5, 06/10/1923

19. 'All Saints' Church, Pasadena,' Architectural Digest, 8: 2, 69, 1931

20. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Camp Arthur Letts, Boy Scouts of America, Hollywood Hills, CA

21. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Hale Solar Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

22. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Griffith House

23. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

24. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: C. Lippiatt & M.P. Taylor House, Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA

25. "National Register Information System.. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

26. "Roland Coate." Olympedia. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

27. Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Roland E. Coate, Sr. Beach House, Laguna Beach, CA

Sunday, October 11, 2020

"The Vicious Years" Actress Sybil Adrian Merritt 2004 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Sybil Adrian Merritt (December 14, 1923 - October 11, 2004) was born on December 14, 1923 in Newark, New Jersey as Sybil Adrian Alderman. 

She was an actress, known for Danny Boy (1945), Easy to Wed (1946), The Vicious Years (1950), and Japanese War Bride (1952). 

Sybil Adrian Merritt died of cancer on October 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. She is interred in the Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Memories at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

IMDB Credits

Actress (13 credits)

 1952 Japanese War Bride - Emily Shafer

 1950 The Vicious Years - Dina Rossi

 1948 Smoky Mountain Melody - Mary Files

 1947 The Beginning or the End - Cute Guide (uncredited)

 1946 Easy to Wed - Receptionist

 1945 Danny Boy - Margie Bailey

 1945 Snafu - Student (uncredited)

 1945 The Clock - Cutie (uncredited)

 1945 A Song to Remember - Isabelle Chopin (uncredited)

 1944 Music for Millions - Orchestra Member (uncredited)

 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo - Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

 1944 Once Upon a Time - Chorus Girl (uncredited)

 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell - Javanese Girl (uncredited)

Sunday, October 4, 2020

U.S. National & Wimbledon Tennis Champion May Godfrey Sutton 1975 Woodlawn Cemetery

May Godfrey Sutton (September 25, 1886 – October 4, 1975) was an American tennis player who was active during the first decades of the 20th century. At age 17 she won the singles title at the U.S. National Championships and in 1905 she became the first American player to win the singles title at Wimbledon.


May Sutton was born on September 25, 1886 in Plymouth, England, the youngest of seven children of Adolphus DeGrouchy Sutton, a captain in the Royal Navy and Adeline Esther Godfray.[1][2] When she was six years old, Sutton's family moved to a ranch near Pasadena, California. It was there that she and her sisters played tennis on a court built by her father.[3] As young ladies, May and her sisters, Violet, Florence, and Ethel, dominated the California tennis circuit. In addition to being accomplished tennis players, the girls were excellent basketball players. May, Florence and Violet were all on the Pasadena High School basketball team, which went undefeated in 1900.[4] In 1904 at age 17, May Sutton won the singles title at the U.S. Championships on her first attempt.[2] She also teamed with Miriam Hall to win the women's doubles title and came close to making it a clean sweep by advancing to the mixed doubles final.[5]

She was unable to defend her U.S. title as she traveled to England in May 1905 to compete in the Wimbledon Championships. In June, she won the grass court Northern Championships in Manchester, defeating Hilda Lane in the final.[6] Sutton became the first American and first non-British woman to win the Wimbledon singles title when she beat British star and reigning two-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea Douglass Chambers in the challenge round. She did it while shocking the British audience by rolling up her sleeves to bare her elbows and wearing a skirt that showed her ankles. For the next two years, she and Chambers met in the final, with Chambers recapturing the title in 1906 and Sutton winning it back in 1907.[7]

Sutton was the 1908 Rose Parade Queen in Pasadena.[3]

On December 11, 1912, she married Tom Bundy, who was a three-time winner of the men's doubles title at the U.S. Championships, and semi-retired to raise a family. However, in 1921 at the age of 35, she made a comeback and became the fourth-ranked player in the U.S. In 1925, she was a women's doubles finalist at the U.S. Championships and, although almost forty years of age, her game was strong enough to be selected for America's Wightman Cup team. She was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 1929 at the age of 42, which was the first time she had played Wimbledon since 1907. 

In 1928 and 1929, Dorothy Sutton and her daughter Dorothy Cheney became the only mother/daughter combination to be seeded at the U.S. Championships. Her nephew, John Doeg, won the U.S. Championships in 1930, and in 1938, daughter Dorothy won the Australian Championships.

In 1956, Sutton was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[8] She never stopped playing tennis and was playing regularly well into her late 80s.

Sutton died of cancer on October 4, 1975 in Santa Monica, California and was interred in the local Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.[9]

Playing style

Eight-time U.S. National Championship winner Molla Bjurstedt Mallory indicated that Sutton was the best player she had met. "Her drive was the fastest and the...most handle, because it dove suddenly to the ground and then jumped up unexpectedly with queer curves. When she could keep her drives near the baseline, they either forced me back farther than I had been accustomed to play or compelled me to make errors. She was also strong overhead when she came to the net and altogether had more power and effectiveness than any other woman tennis player of her time." Sutton played with an extreme Western grip and had a powerful topspin forehand that made the ball dip and bound high.[10]

Grand Slam finals

Singles : 3 titles, 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponents Score

Winner 1904 U.S. Championships Grass United States Elisabeth Moore 6–1, 6–2

Winner 1905 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–3, 6–4

Runner-up 1906 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 3–6, 7–9

Winner 1907 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 6–1, 6–4

Doubles : 1 title, 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1904 U.S. Championships Grass United States Miriam Hall United States Elisabeth Moore

United States Carrie Neely 3–6, 6–3, 6–3

Runner-up 1925 U.S. Championships Grass United States Elizabeth Ryan United States Mary K. Browne

United States Helen Wills 4–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles : 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1904 U.S. Championships Grass United States F.B. Dallas United States Elisabeth Moore

United States Wylie Grant 2–6, 1–6


 Pauly, Thomas H. (2012). Game Faces : Five Early American Champions and the Sports they Changed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-0803238176.

 Paul Newman (September 29, 2016). "From the archive: May Sutton, America's first female champion." AELTC.

 Cecilia Rasmussen (March 28, 1999). "May Bundy rewrote the tennis books." The Los Angeles Times.

 Hult, p. 144

 "Miss Sutton Tennis Champion." (PDF) The New York Times. 26 Jun 1904. Retrieved 7 May 2012.

 "Lawn Tennis – Northern Championships". Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. British Newspaper Archive. 19 June 1905. p. 3.

 Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 427. ISBN 978-0942257700.

 "Hall of Famers - May Sutton Bundy." International Tennis Federation (ITF).

 "May Sutton Bundy - Oldtime Tennis Queen". St. Petersburg Times. October 7, 1975 – via Google News Archive.

 Ohnsorg, Roger W. Robert Lindley Murray: The Reluctant U.S. Tennis Champion; includes "The First Forty Years of American Tennis." Victoria, BC: Trafford On Demand Pub. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4269-4514-4.

Additional sources

Hult, Joan S.; Trekell, Marianna (1991). A Century of women's basketball : from frailty to final four. Reston, Va: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. ISBN 9780883144909.