He was born on August 2, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York, and attended James Madison High School there. At Harvard he lived in Lowell House and was a member of Phillips Brooks House and Harvard Defenders; he received his A.B., cum laude in history, with the Class in 1960.
After completing his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1963, he practiced corporate real estate law in California. He joined the Beverly Hills firm of Fulop, Rolston, Burns & McKittrick and worked there for eighteen years, becoming a partner in 1970 and retiring in 1982 to pursue real estate and philanthropic interests.
He was a longtime board member of the Brotman Foundation of California, a grantmaker to arts groups and social service agencies, and also served on the boards of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Los Angeles Children's Museum, and the Wright Institute Los Angeles, a psychotherapeutic postgraduate training center and clinic.
He was an avid cyclist and world traveler.
He was survived by his partner of twelve years, whom he married in 2008, Javier Abadia; two daughters, Melissa Cavanaugh and Amy McKenzie; a brother, Malvin; his former wife, Carolyn Reich Shadduck; and four grandchildren.