July 31st was the one year passing of our dear friend, Robert Radin. It turns out an obituary had never been published for Robert.
I got an email last night from Robert's friend and neighbor, Jeannine Melvin. It included the announcement of Robert's passing that was just published in the Los Angeles Times.
It was written by Robert's friend Betty Peskin, with input from Bettina Gray, his closest confidante and friend over the last two decades of his life.
My wife Jenny and I loved Robert. He was a wonderful friend to us and to so many others.
I also learned that Robert's remarkable photos of his world travels are now on display at the National Museum of Ethiopia. I am quite sure that is something that would have pleased Robert very much.
Robert left us just over a year ago. Though he is gone, he will never be forgotten.
Robert B. Radin
July 25, 1923 - July 31, 2013
Robert Radin, businessman, international traveler and photographer, with
friends on nearly every continent, passed away a year ago and is sorely missed. Robert
began his early years on the upper west side of New York City where he and his
brother Seymour attended Ethical Culture School. His family moved to the Los Angeles
area in the 1940's. Robert held a broad vision of business as a way of building cooperation
and peace in the world, which underscored his successful ventures in coffee, garlic,
real estate, movie production and garments. He leaves his daughters Janet (George) Klein and
Carol (Todd) Eskelin, their mother, Diane Radin, granddaughters Michelle, Lauren and
Stacey Klein and Emma Eskelin. His role as "Daddy" was paramount to him, and
his daily contact with his children and grandchildren gave him the greatest of pleasures.
He took up photography later in life and during his extensive travels captured remarkable
images. His subjects range from prominent leaders to barefoot boatmen and
Himalayan monks. A portion of his traveling exhibition, "A Beautiful World,"
which totals 86 prints from six continents is currently on exhibition at the National Museum
of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa and has been shown extensively throughout the U.S.
"A Beautiful World" is now in production to be released as a book and documentary
video. Updates can be found online at http://www.radinphotos.com as they become
available. Robert loved to plan menus and host dinners in his home where he was known
for his delicious meals, served from his organic garden with lively conversation, pairing
of friends and neighbors from near and far. On these occasions he always gave heartfelt
thanks for the source of his "wealth;" The Garden. He retained his sense of wonder
about the world fully into his 9th decade, traveled everywhere, read widely, listened
attentively, could debate actively, laughed easily, hugged energetically and made friends
with people in all walks of life. He was a committed environmentalist who loved
and deeply respected life, the planet and all those whom he encountered on it.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014