Sheldon Andelson

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Not to be confused with Sheldon Adelson.

Sheldon Andelson (March 5, 1931 – December 29, 1987) was a higher education administrator and a political fund-raiser.


Sheldon Andelson was born in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. He was the first openly gay University of California Regent.[1] Andelson was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Jerry Brown in 1980, and served until 1986. He was also a fund-raiser for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Walter F. Mondale.[2] He was the founder of the Bank of Los Angeles and owned a restaurant, Trumps.[2]

He was a member of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, director of the ACLU Foundation, and he served on the 1984 Olympic Games committee.[citation needed]

Andelson owned property in Los Angeles that housed a gay bathhouse.[citation needed] He was listed as an owner of the bathhouse until he had his name removed from the certificate in order to preserve his political influence.[citation needed]

Andelson was instrumental in the appointment of one of the first openly gay judges in California, Rand Schrader.[3] At Andelson's urging, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Schrader to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1980.[3]

On December 29, 1987, aged 56, Andelson died of complications related to AIDS.[2]

A special collection of Sheldon Andelson's papers can be found at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[citation needed]