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March 17, 1928 - June 11, 2018
Studio City – Marvin Laba, 90, died peacefully at his home on June 11, surrounded by his children.
Marvin leaves his sons, Stuart and Jonathan; his daughters-in-law, Alison and Dori; his grandchildren Samantha, Joshua and Jacob; and many close friends.
Marvin was born and raised in Newark, NJ, the son of Joseph and Jean (Saunders) Laba and the brother of Hildy Gross (Laba). After graduating from Irvington High School in 1946, he entered the Army and served from 1946 to 1948, primarily in Tokyo, Japan as a battalion legal clerk. He graduated from Indiana University in 1951.
Marvin then began a career in the retail industry that spanned over fifty years. He worked for nearly 30 years at Bamberger’s, Macy’s, and the May Company, attaining in 1979 the position of President and CEO of G. Fox & Co., a Hartford-based division of May Department Stores. Marvin left G. Fox in 1982 to start his own executive search firm in Los Angeles, Marvin Laba & Associates. For the next 25 years, ML&A occupied a leading position among boutique executive search firms in the retail industry.
Marvin married Sandra Laba (Seltzer) in 1961; they had two children, Stuart and Jonathan. Marvin subsequently was married to Betsi Burgess (Luger) for five years, and they remained lifelong friends.
Marvin was known as a man of boundless energy and youthfulness. He traveled to dozens of countries across six continents, often with his children. His wide circle of friends admired him for his compassion, generosity and passion for life. After his retirement, Marvin volunteered for several years at UCLA Hospital.
A funeral service will be held June 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 West Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the UCLA Volunteer Services Program Support Fund.