Stephen F. Bollenbach ’69 (M.S., Business Administration), a financial whiz who helped engineer Hilton Hotels Corp.’s international expansion, died Oct. 8, 2016, after a long illness. He was 74. Bollenbach, a Los Angeles native and graduate of CSUN and UCLA, held executive positions at Hilton, Disney, Caesars Entertainment and the Trump Organization, earning a reputation as a creative finance deal maker. His widow, Kimberly Bollenbach, told the Los Angeles Times that her husband considered his work with Hilton as his biggest business achievement. “He was most proud about taking the brand globally,” she said. He is also survived by two sons and two grandchildren.
Ron Grant, a composer who studied music at CSUN and later won an Oscar and an Emmy for developing the software used by many film and TV composers to create precise timings for their scores, died of septic shock from a liver abscess on Oct. 28, 2016. He was 72. Grant was born Oct. 16, 1944, in New York City, the son of Life magazine photographer Allan Grant. The family moved to Southern California when he was two. He went to Santa Monica City College and then attended CSUN in fall 1977 and spring 1977 — studying the guitar, flute and piano — but jumped into composing and work in Hollywood before he could complete his degree. He is survived by his wife Benida; daughters Lea and Alycia; brother Richard; and a nephew.
Nahoum Inlender ’75 (Marketing), a self-made entrepreneur and native of Israel, died in November 2016. He was 68. Inlender was born in a displaced person’s camp in Austria and grew up in Herzliya, Israel. His friends from childhood remained close for life, meeting weekly for a group they called “The Parliament,” whenever he was in Israel. “Inlender, an entrepreneur in spirit and in life, was beloved for his vivacity and ability to connect with everyone — whether it’s a South LA bike group, a Syrian restaurateur or sharing Turkish coffee with neighbors,” the Los Angeles Jewish Journal noted in his obituary. He is survived by children Daniel, Talia (Daniela) and Aaron (Rachel); and grandchildren Rimon, Aviel and Livia.