We honored outgoing Events VP Leon Mayer in December 2015 for his years of service bringing great authors to the Glendale Library. Leon has always been “in the picture” when interesting speakers are featured, so we put together a book of photos showing him with more than 60 authors. We also gave a copy to Special Collections.
At the short program, Library Arts and Culture Director Cindy Cleary thanked Leon for his dedicated work; Glendale City Council member Paula Devine said she would truly miss seeing Leon announce events at council meetings; and City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian recognized Leon’s thoroughness in promoting speakers (even if he went beyond announcement time limits!).
Friends President Elise Kalfayan said the board and membership are truly grateful to Leon Mayer for expanding the community’s vision of what the Library offers. Leon boosted the Friends’ profile and our membership, and successfully promoted our guest speakers as well as our mission. At the talks, he always explicitly urged audiences to “Buy the Book!” and “Join the Friends!”
Leon Mayer was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1926 and spent some of his early years in a Jewish Orphan Home. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, serving in the South Pacific as a radio man. He went on to UCLA and then USC Law School, worked in the DA’s office and managed its Glendale / Burbank office in the 1960s. He went on to private practice, ran for Congress in 1962, and lost but did get 60,000 votes. He moved to Glendale in 1975, and he has been a leading force in civic life, as a Glendale News-Press columnist, Kiwanis Program Chair, and of course as our VP of Community Events.
Thank you again, Leon!