GRF Saddened by Passing of Board Member Bert Moldow
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to GRF Director Bert Moldow, who passed away at the age of 88 on May 4, 2021. A 10-year resident of Laguna Woods Village, Director Moldow faithfully served our community in many capacities. It is with that same spirit of service that we express our gratitude for his dedicated service.
A Brooklyn native, Director Moldow earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, and was a graduate of the IBM Systems Research Institute. He applied the considerable experience he gained during his career as an electrical engineer, systems analyst, manager and corporate consultant for IBM to improve various Village operations and facilities.
Environmental and energy issues were of particular importance to Director Moldow, and he founded and served as president of the Energy Club of Laguna Woods and served as an advisor to the City of Laguna Woods regarding the same.
During his near two full terms on the Third Laguna Hills Mutual board of directors, he formed and chaired the energy committee, which encouraged the mutual to install LED lighting in its three-story buildings, in carports and on walkway lighting bollards, as well as solar on several buildings. Further, he initiated contact with Southern California Edison to purchase Third Mutual streetlights to enable LED lighting conversion.
While serving on the GRF board of directors, he chaired the Energy Task Force, which identified technologies with the potential of saving the Village money and enhancing such services as electric vehicle chargers. As a member of the GRF Maintenance and Construction Committee, he was instrumental in cutting cost estimates associated with the Performing Arts Center renovation. Additional appointments included chair of the Clubhouse 1 Ad-Hoc Renovation Committee and chair of the Landscape Committee. While serving on the Disaster Preparedness Task Force, he worked to find a reliable sustainable energy source during a possible disaster.
Director Moldow is survived by his wife, Gloria, their four children, Leslie, Andrea, Bruce and Charles and their spouses, and many grandchildren.
“We are grateful to Director Moldow for his dedicated service to our Village,” said GRF Board President Bunny Carpenter. “He, as well as his kind, wise counsel, will be sorely missed.”