was active in boating, chamber, community activities

Frank M. Gleberman, a financial planner who was active in Marina del Rey boating and chamber of commerce activities, died early Saturday morning, July 30th, at his Villa Marina East home after a lengthy illness. He was 67.

A private spreading of ashes at sea is planned in a few weeks, as well as a public “celebration of his life” later at the California Yacht Club.

Gleberman headed Century Benefits Group on Washington Boulevard and was associated with Jefferson Pilot Security Corp.

In addition to his activities as a financial planner, he was a chartered life insurance underwriter.

His boating activities in the Marina included serving as California Yacht Club commodore, chairing the annual Marina del Rey In-the-Water Boat Show and heading several international tours a year under the moniker of “Capt. Ahab’s Misguided Tours.”

He had served as president of both the former Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Hathaway of California Yacht Club called Gleberman “one of CYC’s most active members, who was a great facilitator between the diverse activities that the club hosts.”

Hathaway said that Gleberman “had been responsible for bringing in 100 new members during his year as commodore.”

He co-chaired the yacht club’s monthly Thursday lunches, chaired the yacht club Epicurean Society and was active in a wine appreciation group that met regularly at the yacht club.

Gleberman was the yacht club historian and was in the process of completing a book on CYC history.

In 1999, he was presented the CYC Signal Service Award because of his service over the years to the yacht club.

His contribution to the former Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce led to the presentation to Gleberman of the chamber’s coveted Helmsman Trophy in 1996 and he was named honorary mayor by the Marina chamber.

He was a past chair of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Advisory Committee and active in liaison between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the local community.

He also served on the Los Angeles Police Department Boosters Club and a LAPD advisory committee.

At his death he was vice chair of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Harbor Committee.

He served as president and chairman of the board of the 1,000-member Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and in 1977 was awarded the chamber’s outstanding service award.

He served two years as a trustee of the Los Angeles Open Golf Tournament Golf Foundation and was vice chairman of that tournament’s advisory committee.

He was area chairman for the 1989 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, was founding chairman of the chamber’s Presidents Council and was chairman of the chamber’s Membership Involvement Committee.

He was on the board of directors of the Management Council of Los Angeles, was a director of the Southern California Choral Music Association and was active in the Life Supervisors’ Association of Los Angeles, the Wilshire Estate Planning Council and the Los Angeles General Agents and Managers Association.

In addition to his active involvement in the former Marina del Rey Chamber and the successor Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber, Gleberman was active in chambers of commerce in Venice, Burbank, the Wilshire area and Hollywood.

He was a member of numerous associations in the certified planning and life underwriting professions.

He served as a member of the Los Angeles Mayor Samuel Yorty Advisory Cabinet and the California Attorney General Evelle Younger Citizens Advisory Committee.

He served on the board of directors of the Inter-Racial Council for Business Opportunity and was on the executive committee for the Citizens for Schools Committee, which supported ballot issues for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He chaired the school district’s District-wide Committee for Underutilized School Sites, which was credited with saving the school district millions of dollars of operating expenses.

He had been president and chairman of the board of the Easter Seal Society of Los Angeles County and was active in the National Association for People With Disabilities.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Gleberman was a life member of the USC Associates and the USC Alumni Association and served on the board of councilors of the USC School of Business.

Following graduation from USC, Gleberman joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

His first position after graduating from USC in 1961 was as an advertising trainee with the Carnation Company. He later worked in the company sales department and was assistant advertising manager.

He entered the life insurance industry as an agent with New York Life April 1st, 1963, and spent three years as an agent before an appointment as assistant manager of the firm’s Wilshire-Los Angeles general office.

He was made a manager and opened the company’s Burbank general offices May 1st, 1970. After serving as superintendent of the firm’s South Pacific Region, he was named general manager of the company’s Hollywood general office.

On March 1st, 1978, he was named assistant general agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles and became a principal of Manufacturers Financial Services January 1st, 1981.

He earned a designation as Chartered Life Underwriter from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and Certified Financial Planner from the College for Financial Planning in Denver.

In addition to sailing, he enjoyed skiing and was on the executive committee of Pacific Shores Ski Club.

Gleberman was born January 26th, 1938, in Cincinnati.

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