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Harry Grossmam

Disney executive

Harry Grossman, senior VP and general manager of corporate operations and real estate at Disney, died April 5 in Topanga Canyon, Calif., of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was 56.

In 15 years at Disney, Grossman oversaw all operations at the Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, and was responsible for worldwide corporate real estate, facilities, construction and security. He supervised the construction of projects including the Team Disney Building, the Frank G. Wells Building and Feature Animation, as well as the ABC headquarters in Burbank and New York.

Disney CFO Tom Staggs said, “Harry was a dynamic leader, who oversaw an incredible amount of growth and expansion. Throughout his Disney career, all of us who worked directly with him were constantly impressed with his insight, expertise and skill, all the more so as he continued to build for the future while fighting this cruel disease.”

In 2004, he was recognized with the first Walt Disney Heroes Award for his commitment to the company and his fight with his disease. Prior to joining Disney, Grossman developed and operated production facilities for Earth, Wind and Fire and Prince.

Grossman was born in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion and graduated from Temple U. He served on the boards of the California Group of the Motion Picture Assn. of America and the Minnesota Film Board.

He is survived by his wife, Karin; a son; his parents; a brother and a sister.

Donations may be sent to the ALS Chapter of Los Angeles.

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