John Kilroy Sr., commercial real estate pioneer and champion sailor …

John B. Kilroy Sr., who rose from a Depression-era childhood to establish Kilroy Realty Corp. as one of the leading commercial real estate firms on the West Coast, has died at age 94, his foundation announced.

Kilroy, who also was a renowned sailor, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of aging, said Chris Krogh, a spokesman for the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation.

Known as Jim, Kilroy was among the developers who tapped into the growth of Southern California’s commercial real estate market, especially in the aerospace and defense industries, after World War II.

Kilroy started in real estate in 1947 – with only $100 in his pocket, according to the company – and founded Kilroy Realty’s predecessor firm in 1952.

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Article source: http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-fi-obit-kilroy-20161003-snap-story.html

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