In Memoriam

George E. Brandow

GEORGE E. BRANDOW, a structural engineer who helped shape the Los Angeles skyline and was a lifelong supporter of USC, died on June 4. He was 87.
A 1936 graduate, he served as president of the USC Alumni Association in 1970-71 and as a trustee from 1969 to 1986. Brandow was former president of Brandow and Johnston Associates and had retired only a few years ago. In partnership with Roy G. Johnston since 1945, Brandow built the skeletons of about 20,000 projects throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the renovated Los Angeles Central Library.
Other examples of his firm’s work are the TransAmerica Tower (built as Occidental Tower), the campuses of UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, the Getty Museum in Malibu and Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
Brandow and Johnston provided structural engineering services for the first height-limit buildings in Los Angeles after World War II, the first building to exceed that limit when the city ordinance was changed in 1958 (then known as California Bank) and the first all-welded structural steel office building in Los Angeles (then known as the Superior Oil Building).
Brandow was a director of the Structural Engineers Association of California, national director of the American Society of Civil Engineers and president of its Los Angeles chapter, and president of the American Institute of Consulting Engineers. In 1975, the ASCE gave him its Ernst E. Howard Award for excellence in structural engineering.

BORN IN CROOKSTON, MINN., Brandow came to Los Angeles with his family in 1928. He was active in Los Angeles’ cultural and arts community, serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center Operating Company from 1972
to 1980.
Closer to his San Marino home, he was a San Marino city councilman from 1976 to 1982 and member of the Huntington Library Board of Overseers from 1980 to 1990.
Brandow is survived by his wife, Anita; two sons, Peter and Gregg; and four grandchildren. The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, c/o Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, 228 Andrus Gerontology Center, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191.


 

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