William H. Ahmanson

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William H. Ahmanson
BornOctober 12, 1925
Died2008
OccupationBusinessman, philatelist, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Carol Ahmanson
Children8
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]

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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