Friday, October 30, 2020

Philanthopist Carrie Estelle Doheny 1958 Calvary Cemetery

Carrie Estelle Doheny (August 2, 1875 - October 30, 1958) was a woman of strong faith, intellectual curiosity and deep compassion for the underserved in her community. From humble origin, her marriage to Edward L. Doheny allowed her the resources to emerge as a significant philanthropist in Los Angeles and a renowned collector of books. She lived her life with an eye towards heaven, always trying to contribute to His Kingdom on earth.

Carrie Estelle Betzold was born in Philadelphia on August 2, 1875. At fifteen, she and her German immigrant parents moved to Los Angeles. A decade later, Carrie Estelle was working as a telephone operator when she met forty-four year old Edward Laurence Doheny, a self-made businessman. After a brief courtship, the two were married and Carrie Estelle took over as the primary caretaker of Ned, her new stepson.

Mrs. Doheny was a devout Catholic and had a special affinity for the Vincentians and Daughters of Charity, orders of religious men and women formed around the charism of St. Vincent de Paul. During their thirty-five year union, the Dohenys would fund the construction of a Church and hospital in the name of this Saint.

During the later years of the Dohenys’ marriage, Reverend William G. Ward, a Vincentian priest, was assigned as their chaplain. He remained one of Mrs. Doheny’s chief advisors throughout the rest of her life. He was instrumental in the formation and design of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation and many other charitable pursuits of Mrs. Doheny.

After Mr. Doheny died in 1935, Carrie Estelle began to dispose of some of the properties and other time-consuming holdings, but she did not decrease the scope of her charitable work. In early 1939, Carrie Estelle was elevated to the rank of Papal Countess by Pope Pius XII.

On her 60th birthday, Mrs. Doheny became partially blind while kneeling at mass. Later she learned that glaucoma had destroyed her sight. After the studying the disease, she created what would become the Doheny Eye Institute.

In her later years, Carrie Estelle made provisions for the future of several of her charitable endeavors, including St. Vincent’s Church and the Vincentian Fathers House of Studies. On June 17, 1949, she created the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation. She wanted the Foundation to be continuous, to further provide for the charities close to her heart after she was gone. Carrie Estelle Doheny died on October 30, 1958. 

Edward L. Doheny

Edward was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on August 10, 1856, the son of Irish immigrants. Edward left home quite young to prospect for gold and silver. Together with his partner Charles Canfield he located oil in Los Angeles and brought in the first commercially successful oil well in Mexico. Carrie Estelle never bore any children; Edward had a seven-year-old son from his first marriage named Ned.

The successes of the oil business and the satisfaction in their charitable work were tempered by a congressional investigation of the leasing of naval oil reserves in 1922. The trials, which began in 1923, lasted through 1930 with Mr. Doheny’s acquittal. They led a quiet life until Edward died September 8, 1935.

Mrs. Doheny, the Collector

Carrie Estelle Doheny was a renowned collector of books with a particular interest in Bibles, most notably the Guttenberg Bible which she owned for decades. In 1983, 25 years after her death, her gift to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles became unrestricted and was liquidated. During the two years of auctions in New York, London and Paris, her collection at the Edward Laurence Doheny Memorial Library ultimately realized upwards of $34 million.

Carrie Estelle Betzold Doheny and Edward Laurence Doheny are interred at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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)