Longtime Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude died on December 7 in Rancho Mirage after surgery on a broken leg.
Braude, 85, fell and broke his leg in late November.
He represented the 11th District on the Council from 1965 to 1997, and served as chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, the Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee and the Public Safety Committee.
He was also a founding member of the board of of Scientific Data Systems.
Once a heavy smoker, Braude helped write ordinances in 1973 to establish smoke-free zones in public spaces such as theaters, bars and restaurants. In the early 1990s, Los Angeles became one of the first major cities in the United States to ban smoking in restaurants.
He also worked to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains and a park in Encino bears his name.
Services honoring Braude were held Monday at University Synagogue.
Rosendahl Pays Tribute to Marvin Braude
On learning of the death of longtime L.A. City Councilman Marvin Braude, Councilman Bill Rosendahl issued the following statement:
“Marvin Braude was a visionary leader and personal friend. His leadership had a tremendous impact not only on the 11th district, but also on the entire city of Los Angeles, setting a gold standard for public service.
“He served as councilmember with extraordinary passion and unparalleled integrity fighting to preserve open space, protect our environment and ultimately improve the quality of life in Los Angeles. He leaves behind a legacy of great magnitude that will be felt for generations to come.
“I feel very fortunate to have known such a wonderful man and take great pride in following in his footsteps.
“We have lost a great man, but his memory will live on in our hearts.”Services honoring Braude were held on Monday at University Synagogue.