Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin died peacefully at his home in Pacific Palisades on November 29, 2010, of complications from Parkinson's disease.
He was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1926 to Thelma and William Tamkin.
He was exceptional as a young student, and was particularly interested in science and engineering. He was involved in the invention of an electronic device to detect dangerous gas, preventing explosions on naval vessels. He was one of our military's youngest commissioned officers, working at the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, DC at the age of 18 during World War II. He attended and taught at University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles and ultimately achieved a PhD studying and researching mechanical and chemical engineering.
Entering the industrial sector with his extensive educational qualifications, Dr. Tamkin enjoyed a diverse career path as he performed engineering and management work for firms such as U.S. Rubber, Wilco and Waste King.
Dr. Tamkin was a founding director of American Medical International. With his father, he founded TGT Petroleum in Kansas, where he has continuously served as its chairman.
He became a prolific, successful investor, particularly in real estate and petroleum.
In the post war era Dr. Tamkin he served as a Civil Defense coordinator responsible for administering over 1,000 other volunteers. He later held a position on the Board of Directors of the Crime Prevention Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Police Department and was one of the founders of the successful "DARE" program targeting youth drug abuse.
Dr. Tamkin became an extremely active philanthropist. An Eagle Scout, he partnered with his wife, Judith, in supporting Boy Scouts of America and related programs. Dr. Tamkin and his father formed the Tamkin Foundation, where he served as its chairman. Some of his abundant generosity was directed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Cedars Sinai, UCI medical school, UCLA medical school and hospital (where he served as a board member), Betty Ford Center, countless Jewish and secular educational and outreach institutions, and hundreds of individual charities.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith, his brother Jack, sons Steven Tamkin and Dr. Gary Tamkin, daughters Sherry Catlett and Windy Litvak, grandsons Evan Harmon, Andrew Litvak and William Tamkin, granddaughters Erin Campbell , Lina Litvak, Emily Tamkin and Megan Tamkin, great granddaughter Jenna Campbell, Nephew Douglas Tamkin, and cousins Robert Rich, Kenneth Rich, Errol Kader, and Donald Kader.
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