In Memoriam: Dennis Avery, MBA ’75

Dennis passed away on July 23, 2012. He was surrounded by his wife, children, and other family and friends. Dennis is survived by his wife, Sally; siblings, Judy and Russell; children, Halina, Christopher, Sara, and Theodore; step-daughter, Natasha; and two grandchildren, Halina and Kyler.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dennis always put others needs and wants first. A man who loved his family, travel, athletics and adventure, he learned to fly at the age of 15. For the earlier part of his life, he enjoyed surfing, riding his motorcycle, running half marathons, and building Ham radios.

His professional life was also varied. He worked in West Berlin on the British Railway. He had a contractor and real estate license, working in home building. He was the chief of the San Diego City Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Division. He served as the dean of students at Cal Western School of Law in the 1980s. He also served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations, including the Avery Dennison Board of Directors.

He was also generous, donating time and money to causes and organizations. He was a great friend to the San Diego Chinese community, volunteering his time to Chinese community events and providing money to many Chinese community organizations. In Borrego, he helped build a skate park and most notably erected the metal animals throughout his land he called Galleta Meadows. Internationally, some of his donations included support for AIDs orphanages in South Africa, a library for a town in Honduras, clean drinking water for villages in South America, and helping send hundreds of wheelchairs for the disabled and training midwives in remote villages in Tibet.

Dennis was a highly educated man. He attended Monrovia Duarte High School where he played varsity basketball. He earned his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his JD from Cal Western School of Law, his LLB from Trinity Hall at Cambridge University, and his MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

In Memoriam: Dennis Avery, MBA ’75

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