William H. Ahmanson

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William H. Ahmanson
BornOctober 12, 1925
OccupationBusinessman, philatelist, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Carol Ahmanson
RelativesRobert H. Ahmanson (brother)
Howard F. Ahmanson Sr. (uncle)
Howard Ahmanson Jr. (cousin)

William H. Ahmanson (October 12, 1925 – 2008) was an American chief executive, philatelist and philanthropist from Los Angeles, California. He served as the chairman and chief executive officer of H. F. Ahmanson & Co. from 1969 to 1984. He also served as vice chairman of The Ahmanson Foundation.[citation needed]

Early life & education[edit]

William Hayden. Ahmanson was born on October 12, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] He had a brother, Robert H. Ahmanson.[3] His father served as the president of the National American Insurance Co. of Omaha.[2] His uncle, Howard F. Ahmanson Sr., was the founder of H. F. Ahmanson & Co., an insurance and savings and loans corporation based in Los Angeles.[3] He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor's degree in business and finance in 1949.[4]


He served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of H. F. Ahmanson & Co. from 1969 to 1984.[1][2] He served on the board of trustees of The Ahmanson Foundation from 1952 to 2008.[5] Over the course of his career, he supported many venues related to the arts and sciences,[6] including the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Doheny Eye Institute.[1]

As a philatelist, he donated his extensive collection of Canadian stamps from British Columbia, Vancouver Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland to the National Postal Museum.[1] It is known as the "Ahmansion Collection."[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Carol Ahmanson.[2] They had eight children and twelve grandchildren.[2] He died of emphysema in 2008 in Malibu, California.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "William H. Ahmanson | National Postal Museum". postalmuseum.si.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Longtime trustee of foundation, The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2008
  3. ^ a b Jules Stein Eye Institute: Robert H. Ahmanson
  4. ^ "Robert H. Ahmanson, 80; president of foundation for arts, humanities". Los Angeles Times. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  5. ^ The Ahmanson Foundation: Trustees
  6. ^ de Louraille, Claire (2014-12-01). "Origin Stories: A Cheat Sheet For Six of L.A.'s Biggest Benefactors Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  7. ^ National Postal Museum: The Ahmansion Collection