William E. Nassour II
The first man ever designated Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, William Nassour’s life is emblematic of the dedication to professional and community service required of LAPF’s leadership.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received both a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Management, Mr. Nassour served for nearly two decades as Vice President of Nassour Studios, the Sunset Boulevard home of some of the entertainment industry’s most beloved motion picture and television classics, including High Noon, Abbott and Costello, The Rifleman, and My Three Sons.
He also served as Vice President of International Sales for Royalty, Inc., and is President of NASCO Properties, owning and managing a portfolio of Southern California industrial, commercial and residential holdings.
In addition to years of service on the LAPF Board of Directors, he is also a member of the Institutional Review Board of St. Vincent Medical Center, and has earned the designation of 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite.
John W. Plumb
A Director For Life, John Plumb served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation for more than two decades.
A Southern California native, Mr. Plumb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from California Western University in San Diego. After graduate studies he began a 22-year career as a Teacher, Coach and Athletic Director.
He then established a second career in finance, serving as a Business Development Consultant for American Pacific State Bank.
John Plumb has long been active in the community as a Mason. He is a member of the Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters, and has served on the National Endowment Committee of the Shriners of North America. Mr. Plumb is also a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Charles H. Taylor
One of only two Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation Directors to ever receive the coveted Outstanding American Award, Chuck Taylor served LAPF for more than three decades before retiring in January of 2012 as Director For Life.
Personally and professionally, Chuck has always exemplified the best of the American spirit, from his distinguished military service following graduation from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, to the entrepreneurial spirit that led to his founding of Tayco Engineering.
Under Chuck’s leadership, Tayco has advanced American science for more than 50 years with a continuing series of technological innovations: from proprietary parts for NASA satellites to ultrafine wire welding techniques to perfect the Cochlear Ear Implant.
Pepperdine University recognized Chuck’s contributions to America by awarding him an honorary Doctoral degree, and Dr. Robert Schuller honored Chuck’s extraordinary heart and soul by asking him to speak to all of America during the Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power.
Now, our own Board of Directors has honored him as well by unanimously voting to designate Chuck Taylor Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation.
A past President and Vice President of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, George Thompson served on our Board of Directors for nearly two decades.
Born and raised in New York City, the son of Irish immigrant parents, George seized an opportunity and worked his way up in the General Foods Corporation during the 1960’s, the pioneering days of convenience foods. George received a transfer to Miami, Florida, where he then finished his schooling, graduating from the University of Miami in 1956.
While in College, George was introduced to community service through his affiliation with the Masonic fraternity on campus. He became a Shriner, was later inducted into the Royal Order of Jesters, and remains an active Mason to this day. His history of service is also evidenced in his membership in the venerable Sovereign Military Order of Knights Templar.
After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1970’ s, George joined the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. He served as Secretary before becoming its President in 1988. George was instrumental in providing the Jonathan Club venue—one of California’s most beautiful and historic buildings—for LAPF’s annual Outstanding American Award Dinner.