Philanthropist, Founder, Hilbert Property Management
WHY: Real estate owner, manager. With wife, Janet, ex-community college business professor, has given $3M, provided several million dollars of California Scene Painting of 1,000-item collection to Chapman University at its Hilbert Museum near city of Orange train depot and Chapman film school.
RECENT: Exhibit of California artwork by midcentury Disney animators, featured in this book.
NOTABLE: New York native, hit SoCal at three months. Engineering degree; air conditioning engineer, invented “Chiller Optimizer,” to cut energy consumption of AC units.
FUN FACTS: Six grandchildren; likes the film “‘Chinatown,’” because it covers early Los Angeles history.” College: Cal Poly SLO.