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Robert John Abernethy

Robert John Abernethy, American real estate developer.


  • Abernethy, Robert John was born on February 28, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Son of George Lawrence and Helen Sarah (McLandress).

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Johns Hopkins University, 1962. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1968. Certified in real estate finance and construction, University of California at Los Angeles, 1974.


    • Assistant to chief scientist Phoenix missile program Hughes Aircraft Company, Los Angeles, 1968-1969, assistant program manager Iroquois night fighter and night tracker program, 1969-1971, assistant to controller space and communications group, 1971-1972, controller technical division, 1972-1974. President American Standard Development Company, since 1974, Self Storage Management Company, since 1974, Transit Community Development Corporation, 1997-2001. Board directors, chairman audit committee Public Storage, Inc., Glendale, California, Marathon National Bank, Los Angeles, 1984-2003, Tech Net, Los Angeles Bancorp, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles County.

      President Self Service Storage Association, San Francisco, 1978-1983. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1962-1966.


    Active Albert Schweitzer Foundation. Assistant to deputy campaign manager Humphrey for President, Washington, 1968. Board member Westchester Family Young Men’s Christian Association, since 1978, Music Center Los Angeles County, since 2002, Los Angeles Philanthropic, since 2003, Hollywood Bowl, since 2005.

    Member University of California at Los Angeles Chancellor's Cabinet, since 2004, University of California at Los Angeles Arts Board Visitors, since 2005. Trustee Davidson College, since 2006. Director Assembly International Relations & Protocol Foundation, since 2002, America Move, since 2002.

    Board director Atlantic Council United States, since 2004. Member California Communications Human Rights Watch, since 2005. Board trustees Brookings Institution, since 2006.

    Board member RANDCGRS, since 2008. Member United States Department State Advisory Communications International Economic Policy. Member advisory board JHUBSPH, since 1994.

    Board member Loyola Marymount University, since 2002. Commissioner Los Angeles Planning Commission, 1984—1988, Los Angeles Telecommunications Commission, 1992—1993, California Transportation Commission, 1999—2000, California State Board Education, 2000—2004. Vice chairman Los Angeles Economic Development Council, 1988—1991.

    Chairman California Technology Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, Center for Study Democratic Institute, Santa Barbara, California, 1986—2000. Board directors, member National Association Industry & Office Propagation, since 1988. Board directors South Bay Civic Light Opera, Los Angeles Children's Museum, World Children's Transplant Fund, French Foundation for Alzheimers Research, Pacific Council on International Policy.

    Advisory board member Peabody Conservatory, since 1991, Center Talented Youth, since 1992, Nitze School Advanced International Studies, since 1993, Harvard Partners, since 1996, Institute Academy Achievement of Youth, since 1999. Board visiting Davidson College, since 1993. Board directors Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1986—1992, Young Men’s Christian Association.

    Member Council on Foreign Relations, Calif Arts Council, 2001—2004. Trustee Johns Hopkins University, since 1990. Member Southern California Planning Congress (board directors), Parker Foundation (board directors), California Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, Jonathan Club, California Yacht Club, New York Yatch Club, Alpha Lambda.


    • father: George Lawrence Abernethy
    • mother: Helen Sarah (McLandress) Abernethy
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    Born February 28, 1940
    • 1962
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1968
      Harvard University
    • 1974
      University of California, Los Angeles
    • 1968 - 1969
      Assistant, to chief scientist Phoenix missile program Hughes Aircraft Company
    • 1997 - 2001
      president, American Standard Development Company
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