Prominent Beverly Hills jeweler and businessman David Orgell has died after a heart attack while on a trip to Italy, his family said Tuesday. He was 65.
Orgell owned a store on Rodeo Drive as well as others in Northridge, Sherman Oaks, Farmer's Market and South Coast Plaza in Orange County.
Born in England, Orgell moved to Beverly Hills in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps and went into business in Beverly Hills at the end of World War II. He became active in civic affairs there, serving as president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn. in 1984 and 1985. He had been serving this year as chairman of the board of governors of the Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau.
He was also a trustee of the Gladstone Foundation, a member of the Diamond Circle of the City of Hope and was founder and former president of the Rodeo Drive Committee.
Orgell, who died Friday, leaves his wife, Teddy, and three grown children--Peter, Andrew and Sandra.
Funeral services will be private.