BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, November 14, the City of Beverly Hills revealed that former Mayor Charles ‘Chuck’ Aronberg, M.D. passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday, November 9.
Aronberg served as a Beverly Hills Councilmember for 12 years in addition to his two terms serving as Mayor:1974-1975 and 1979-1980. Beverly Hills lowered its flag to half-staff.
“’Mayor’ Dr. Aronberg, Chuck, was an exceptional physician and a remarkably dedicated public servant,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Dr. Julian Gold. “He served as councilmember and mayor and his amazing achievements span decades, from developing the Joint Powers Agreement with our School District to bringing the paramedic program to Beverly Hills. His legacy will live on for many generations and he will be deeply missed.”
Aronberg was born in Chicago on August 30, 1930 and relocated to Los Angeles when he was just 10 years old. He graduated from Los Angeles High School at the age of 15.
He specialized in ophthalmology and served as the official team doctor for the Los Angeles Lakes, Raiders, and Kings, despite an interest in law. He also consulted for UCLA and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also served as the physician for two Olympic Games. He earned UCLA’s Alumnus of the Year for Community Service and Alumnus of the year for UCSF School of Medicine.
He was an advocate of seat belt legislation and its push to be installed in cars. He collaborated with Ralph Nader to mandate various safety improvements and worked with Congressman Henry Waxman during the development of water and clean air acts.
He earned the ‘Key to the City’ honor in 2022 from former Beverly Hills Mayor and current City Councilmember, Lili Bosse.