Lawrence Ramer, a Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist who served for a decade as president and chairman of the Center Theater Group overseeing the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre at the downtown Music Center, has died. He was 84.
Ramer died of cancer Friday at his home in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Sallie Olmsted.
Ramer was president of the board of directors of the Center Theater Group from 1987 to 1997. During his tenure, the acclaimed
Born July 29, 1928, in Bayonne, N.J., Ramer received a bachelor's degree in economics from
Ramer got his start in the cement business as an assistant to the president of Riverside Cement Co. before rising to become president of National Portland Cement Co. in Bradenton, Fla. Back in Los Angeles, he later co-founded Pacific Coast Cement Co.
Among other business ventures, he served as chairman of Ramer Equities, an investment firm focused on developing manufacturing concerns in Los Angeles.
Devoted to philanthropic efforts and cultural affairs in Los Angeles and elsewhere, Ramer was active in the American Jewish Committee, serving on the board and as treasurer of the organization. In 1998 he and his wife established the Lawrence and Lee Ramer Center for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin. The facility was dedicated to improving understanding between Jews and non-Jews in
Besides his wife of 55 years, Ramer is survived by daughters Stephanie Ramer and Susan Ramer-Coleman, son Doug, three grandchildren and his brother, Bruce.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles.