Robert Dean “Bob” Selleck, Sr

Robert Dean “Bob” Selleck, Sr

Lapeer, Lapeer County, Michigan, USA
Death 21 Mar 2001 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 168735308 · View Source
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Robert Dean Selleck, Sr., 79, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, California due to surgical complications. He was born Tuesday, December 27, 1921 to George Samuel and Nellie Louisa (nee Fife) Selleck in Lapeer, Michigan.

Robert attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and later served in the United Stated Army Air Corps during World War II.

On April 11, 1942 he was united in marriage to Martha Jagger in Detroit, Michigan.

Raised by hardworking American parents, Tom’s mother, Martha Selleck, was a housewife, while his father, Robert Dean Selleck, was a skilled carpenter who later found success as an executive and real estate investor.When Tom was in middle school, his father’s dissatisfaction with carpentry led him to move his family to Sherman Oaks, California, where he looked for success in real estate.

a well-known San Fernando Valley real estate developer

During his long career as a real estate executive, he served as a vice president and director of corporate communications for Coldwell Banker Commercial Group.

He participated in Los Angeles' civic activities as a director of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, commissioner and president of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and president of the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commission.

Discipline was strict but loving when the children were growing up. At 21, they collected a gold watch from him for abstaining from cigarettes and alcohol.

In addition to his wife, he was survived by three sons; Robert Dean "Bob" (Laurie Elaine) Selleck, Jr. of Camarillo, California, Thomas William "Tom" ( Jillie Joan) Selleck of Hidden Valley, California and Daniel Fife "Dan" (Kirby Lynne) Selleck of ; a daughter, Martha Ann (Ronald Kevin) Selleck Ketchum of Oak Park, California; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund was established; donations may be sent c/o Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, California 91401.

Selleck attended Ohio Wesleyan University and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He left Detroit in 1948 for Van Nuys, a predominantly agricultural area that was just beginning to sprout suburban communities.

Selleck was offered a job with Coldwell Banker that offered no salary and no weekly guarantee against future sales. He made his earnings solely on commission.

"It was a little adventurous; you've got to be young to do that," Selleck told The Times in a 1996 interview.

But his success eventually landed him the post of senior vice president and director of corporate communications for Coldwell Banker Commercial Group. He later established the Selleck Company for Real Estate Development and Consultation. Based in Westlake Village, the firm was credited with reviving the former General Motors plant in Van Nuys. The development of a shopping complex on that site has had a major effect on the economic revitalization of the area.

He served as director of the Los Angeles Olympic Organization Committee, commissioner and president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, commissioner and president of the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commission and director and vice president of Valley Presbyterian Hospital and he participated on the Southern California Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games.

Selleck received various awards and commendations, including the Fernando Award, which is given to the Valley resident who best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism. He and his wife, Martha, were presented with the Golden Hands Award by the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley and the First Premier Parents Award from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

Sources: "Robert D. Selleck; Noted Valley Real Estate Developer" By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2001; "The Two Sellecks The Real-life One Is The Small-town American - Open, Honest, Natural. He Was The One Who Looked Awkward Changing Diapers In "Three Men And A Baby." Why? There Was A Good Reason." By Ben Steelman, November 10, 1988

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