1917 – 2009
On Sunday, November 22, 2009, ONEgeneration was notified of the death of a dear friend and Board member, Harry Vickman. Harry Vickman has been with ONEgeneration as a Board Member for more than seventeen years and guided the development and success of the ever-popular Encino Farmers Market.
As a Los Angeles native, Mr. Vickman was born into a local legacy. For years Vickman’s Restaurant and Bakery was a downtown institution. Harry joined the family business after completing his B.S. degree in Business Administration at UCLA. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a mess officer and was later discharged as Captain. After the war, Harry took over the operation of Vickman’s Restaurant and continued its success until retiring and selling the business in 1986.
During his restaurant career Harry served on the Board of Directors of California Restaurant Association for more than 16 years and was a Director Emeritus of CRA. While working in downtown Los Angeles, Harry was a director of the local development corporation, involved with job creation initiatives and active in a whole list of civic improvement organizations. Harry has also been affiliated with the Board of Directors of Skid Row Development Corporation, and Volunteer Guardian ad litem with the Child Advocates Office, an adjunct of the Childrens Court.
Harry, and his wife of 69 years, Babs have three children, Larry, Nancy and Janet and Harry and Babs raise orchids and dwarf conifers.
Harry was loved by all who worked with him and knew him through his association with ONEgeneration. Harry’s generosity to ONEgeneration is well known throughout the community and his kindness to the staff will always be remembered, along with Harry’s famous hot dogs that he sold at the Farmers Market for over the past fifteen years.
Our deepest sympathy is expressed to Babs, Larry, Nancy, Janet and all grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank you Harry for your many unselfish years to the Seniors, Children, Families, Staff and Board of Directors of ONEgeneration and to the community comprising the Farmers Market.