Gerald (Jerry) Leslie Benowitz, a man who loved/lived life to the fullest and did it his way. Jerry unexpectedly passed away on July 8, 2020.
He was born August 1, 1944, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Harold & Elizabeth Benowitz. Growing up in Corpus Christie, TX, he graduated from W.B. Ray HS; in 1966, he earned a BS Degree from The University of Tennessee. He married Sandra Hochenberg, his college sweetheart, in 1966. Jerry had a very successful business career, beginning immediately after college that took him to New York City, Atlanta, Winnipeg, Irvine CA, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
1966-1970 — 1/25 selected for the Junior Executive Training Program of Merrill Lynch. 1970-1979 — President & CEO of Mini-Skools, Ltd. 1979-1984 — President & CEO of Harco Medical, Inc. 1984-1991 — Partner & Developer of Otay International Center. 1991-2001 — Chairman, President, CEO of Newgen Results, Corp. 2003-2007 — Chairman, Board of Directors of Resolution Health, Inc. Jerry served as President of the National Association of Child Development & Education and was a consultant to the U.S. Congress on revisions of Federal daycare regulations. In 2000, Ernst & Young recognized him as Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2002 Jerry relocated to Las Vegas from San Diego. Thirty years earlier, Jerry was a thoroughbred owner and he successfully resumed that passion until he passed. He delighted in spending summers in Del Mar, CA, was an all-star athlete in his youth and continued to love all sports (a frequent visitor to the Rampart Sports Book), enjoyed theater and world traveling, and was actively involved in the stock market.
Jerry’s #1 priority had always been his beloved family, who are heartbroken to have lost him. Jerry is survived by his wife Sandra, his children and in-laws: son, Jeffrey & Jennifer Benowitz; son, Brian and Laura Benowitz; daughter, Alison & Stewart Palmer; grandchildren, Jake, Kyra, Matthew, Brooke, and Cole Benowitz and Luke Palmer; brother/in law, Bob & Judy Benowitz; brother, David Benowitz, nieces Shayne & Kristie Benowitz, nephew Brett Benowitz.
Jerry’s remains will rest in the ocean he so loved in San Diego at a family celebration of his life on July 28. His charity of choice was Old Friends Farm, a living museum of famous thoroughbreds, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324 or www.oldfriendsequine.org.