William Louchheim

William S. “Sandy” Louchheim, Jr. of Los Angeles, 89, died April 14, 2020.

After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Louchheim joined the Navy in 1952. He and his wife, Marlene, married in October of that year. He spent 16 years in the Navy, commanding two ships and retiring as lieutenant commander in 1968 to join his father’s company, Bobrick, in North Hollywood. He became president in December 1985 and served as chair of the board since 1993. Mr. Louchheim brought Bobrick into the computer age and built it into a leading company in the global washroom equipment industry through organic growth and six acquisitions. He and his family supported Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among other organizations. He and his wife enjoyed a second home in Hawaii.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Marlene; children, Terry (Todd) Gilman of Manhattan Beach, California, Mark (Cathy) Louchheim of Los Angeles, Tom (Marcia) Louchheim and Deborah (Craig) Watson, all of Tucson; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A private family burial ceremony was held in Los Angeles with Rabbi Ken Chasen of Leo Baeck Temple officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to KIPP SoCal (A to K program), Our House Grief Support Center in Los Angeles, and the Skirball Cultural Center.