Dr. A. Richard Grossman (1/22/33-3/13/14)
Dr. A. Richard Grossman was an internationally recognized plastic surgeon and pioneer in the comprehensive treatment of burn wounds. A graduate of Emory University and The University of Tennessee Medical School, his post-graduate training spanned eight years at Cook County Hospital, where he became Board-certified in both General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 1958, while serving as the chief emergency room resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Grossman treated victims of a catastrophic fire at Our Lady of Angels parochial elementary school, which claimed the lives of 93 children and four nuns. The experience had a profound effect on Dr. Grossman and was a driving force behind his vision to create a world-class comprehensive burn treatment facility dedicated to providing the best burn care anywhere. His philosophy would be to not only ensure survival, but to restore patients to as close to their pre-injury condition as possible functionally, emotionally and cosmetically. Dr. Grossman subsequently moved to Los Angeles and set about to achieve that vision. In 1969, he convinced Sherman Oaks Community Hospital, located in a suburb of Los Angeles, to devote two beds exclusively to burn care. By 1978, the burn center had expanded into a free-standing, 30-bed specialty unit . In 2009, the Grossman Burn Center moved to a new home at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center and remains one of the largest and most comprehensive burn centers in the world, which includes eight Burn ICU beds and 31 Medical Surgical Burn Beds.
Recognized internationally as a pioneer in burn treatment, Dr. Grossman was responsible for a number of innovative treatments, such as the use of Hyperbaric Chambers to speed the healing process and minimize scarring – a therapy which is now standard practice at many burn centers around the world.
Dr. Grossman served as the President of the Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons for eight years, and was a member of many honorary societies (listed in his curriculum vitae). He has authored or co-authored over 35 articles in medical journals, and written or contributed to six textbooks. He was the consultant for burn reconstruction for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health and has trained staff and consulted on burn centers in Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel.
As a result of the exceptional care the Grossman Burn Center team has provided to firefighters from many different agencies over the years, Dr. Grossman was named Honorary Fire Chief for the City of Los Angeles in 1994, and inducted into the Firefighters Hall of Fame by the California Department of Firefighters, two distinctions of which he is especially proud.
Dr. Grossman was the Co-Founder of the Children’s’ Burn Foundation.
Dr. Grossman was married to Elizabeth Rice Grossman and had two grown sons, Jeffrey and Peter and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth Rice Grossman
Elizabeth Rice Grossman retired from a 35-year career on Wall Street the last eight as a Managing Director of Soros Fund Management in charge of worldwide trading. While living in New York, she served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House, The Family Academy and was a Trustee of the Public Theater. Upon retirement, she moved home to San Francisco, and became active in her Community. She served the City and County of San Francisco as a Commissioner for the Juvenile Probation Department, and joined the Board of Directors of the Omega Boys Club. She became a Trustee of Saint Mary’s College of California, and was the Chair of the Investment Committee. Upon her marriage to Dr. Richard Grossman in July of 2000, she moved to Ventura County. She was the Founding Chair of the Circle of Care Foundation and currently serves as President of the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation. In addition, she and Dr. Grossman founded a program, now in its tenth year called Kids and the Arts, which provides live theater experiences for disadvantaged youth at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. She served the State of California as a Commissioner of the First Five Commission, which was founded with the passing of Proposition 10.
In 2007 Elizabeth and Richard moved part-time to Hawaii, and have a home in Kailua. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Honolulu Museum of Art and Chairs the Investment Committee. She also serves on the Board of the Hawaii Community Foundation as well as the Hawaiian Human Society. She and her family manage a family foundation that benefits disadvantaged children and adults.
Lon Morton’s career began at the age of 18 as a professional baseball player with the California Angels and then the Cleveland Indians organizations. He entered the employee benefits profession in 1968. In 1978, he founded The Morton Company, an actuarial and pension consulting firm, which was sold in 1990 after growing to service more than 1,400 pension and profit sharing plans. In 1981 Mr. Morton founded Morton Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm, utilizing the practice of tactical asset allocation integrating the use of alternative investments on a fee only basis. Morton Capital manages over $1.2 billion of clients’ assets.
On October 18th 2013, a Morton Capital Management –led management group reacquired Morton Capital Management from Union Bank. Lon serves as the CEO and Co‐Chief Investment officer of Morton Capital Management. Mr. Morton has served various charitable and industry organizations. He has served as Southwest Chairman for the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute. Currently he is on the International Board of Governors and is an executive committee member. He also serves on the Board of Tarzana Treatment Center and the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Conejo Valley. Mr. Morton also serves as secretary for the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation. He has authored numerous articles and has been a guest on radio and TV programs.
Mr. Morton is married, has two adult daughters, five grandsons and lives in Lake Sherwood, California.
Roxanna “Rocky” Morton brings a medical perspective to the Board of Directors. Rocky graduated from UCLA summa cum laude and also earned her MSN at UCLA and became a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She practiced in the Conejo Valley until her recent retirement. It is expected that she will be actively involved in analyzing potential investments related to health care issues.
Rocky is a founding member of a local hiking club, which now totals approximately 60 members. They meet regularly to hike the local trails in the Conejo Valley and beyond.
Rocky is a Los Angeles Sheriff Department reserve deputy, and has been an active member of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team since 1990. The Malibu search & rescue team is an all-volunteer team comprised of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department reserve deputy sheriffs and specialist civilian volunteers. The team’s local area is Westlake Village, Agoura hills’ and Malibu.
Kristen (Kris) Andersen Postil was born and raised in Southern California. She is currently residing in Westlake Village, California. She is a third generation Californian and has always been active in community affairs.
Kris graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree and credential in Elementary Education (K-8) from San Jose State University. Upon retiring from Chaminade College Prep, she began a career as an Event Planner. Her emphasis was on the Financial Planning business, private parties, and fundraising events. She served as President of a HOA Board in Mammoth, California for five years. She also served on the board of National Charity League and as Vice-President/ Ways and Means of The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. She was President of the Circle of Care Foundation and was President and is the current Vice-President of Women Jonathans of the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles.
Because of a severe burn in childhood, Kris’ primary focus has always been on burn survivors. She was an original member of the Children’s Burn Foundation and has worked diligently to help raise funds for the Grossman Burn Center.
She lives an active life with her husband, her two children, and her five grandchildren.
Lane Weitzman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors of the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation. Lane served on the Board of the Tarzana Treatment Centers from 1982 until 2012. Tarzana Treatment Centers is a full-service behavioral healthcare organization that provides high quality, cost-effective substance abuse and mental health treatment to adults and youths. During those years, Lane served on the Compensation Committee, the Real Estate Committee and the Executive Committee. The Tarzana Treatment Centers has become one the most recognized drug and rehabilitation facilities in the United States.
Lane, an avid golfer, has also served on the Board of Governors, Sherwood Country Club from 2009 until 2012.
Mr. Weitzman served in the United States Air Force and upon his honorable discharge joined the family business. Lane’s father founded Oak Manufacturing Company, home of the Acorn Gum Ball Machine, in 1948. Lane served as President of Oak Manufacturing from 1971 until the company was sold in 1984.
He has been a real estate developer and private investor from 1980 until present.
Lane is married to Mary Weitzman and lives in Hidden Valley, California. They have two daughters and three granddaughters.