Allan K. Jonas, a Los Angeles real estate developer and a longtime leader and volunteer with the
Jonas died Sunday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica of complications from
A resident of Los Angeles since 1948, Allan Jonas built his real estate career in the 1950s when he began purchasing and constructing commercial properties near
From 1960 to 1963, he served in government, appointed by Gov. Pat Brown as director of the California Disaster Office, the state's emergency services headquarters.
An active volunteer with the Democratic Party and many civic causes, Jonas was president of the Los Angeles County branch of the American Cancer Society in the late 1960s and was later chairman of the organization's national board of directors.
Speaking at a 1980 dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Jonas' honor, actor
Jonas was also a former chairman of LA's BEST, an after-school enrichment, education and recreation program, vice president of the nonprofit Constitutional Rights Foundation and a leader of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Jonas and his wife Dorothy also helped found the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center and were active, early supporters of the National Organization for Women.
Allan K. Jonas was born in Cleveland on June 13, 1921, to Murray and Pearl Jonas. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with a degree in finance in 1943 and then entered the Navy, serving as a torpedo officer in the Pacific theater during World War II.
After the war, he lived in New York, where he met and married his first wife, Margery Ann
In addition to his wife and son Tony, Jonas' survivors include his sons Andy Jonas and Larry Kessenick, his daughter Bonnie Sloane, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.