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Хьатт фон Ден

Hyatt Von Dehn

1915 — 1973
Джинни Симмс (Ginny Simms) и Хьятт фон Ден (Hyatt von Dehn)
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., July 31 (AP)— Hyatt Robert von Dehn, founder of the Hyatt House hotel chain, died of a head ailment in Pebble Beach on Saturday. He was 58 years old. He leaves his wife and two sons. Built Airport Hotel Mr. von Dehn built what was believed to be the world's first airport hotel at Los Angeles International Airport in 1953. While hotel men at the time thought he was making a mistake, the hotel‐80 rooms and a coffee shop, far from downtown Los Angeles—operated at capacity from opening day and added 70 rooms within a year. For the next eight years, Mr. von Dehn's 150‐room hotel operated at 98 per cent occupancy, a phenomenal figure for an industry used to regarding 65 per cent or more as “good. Mr. von Dehn, who was born in Buffalo and educated at Columbia University and at the Sorbonne, served as a Navy commander in World War II. Continue reading the main story Advertisement Continue reading the main story He was an assistant vice president of the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company of New York and, later, a director of the Southwest Bank of Inglewood, Calif. He was a member of the Republican National Committee for many years. Mr. von Dehn had lived in California for the last 30 years. He formerly was married to Ginny Simms, the singer, and to Weida Winchell, daughter of the late columnist, Walter Winchell.