Former Mayor of Beverly Hills Charles “Chuck” Aronberg, M.D. passed away on Nov. 9 at the age of 93. Aronberg served 12 years on the City Council and two terms as mayor, from 1974-1975 and 1979-1980. The city has lowered its flag to half-staff in Aronberg’s honor.
The Chicago-born Aronberg moved to Los Angeles at the age of 10. He graduated from Los Angeles High School at 15, attended UCLA and medical school at UCSF. He spe- cialized in ophthalmology and became prominent in the field of sports medicine. He was team doctor for the Lakers, Kings, Raiders and for three Olympic Games. He was also a member of SAG, with 12 film credits.
Aronberg was a supporter of seat belt legislation and its installation in all cars. He worked with Ralph Nader to mandate a number of safety improvements and also worked with Congressman Henry Waxman during the development of both the clean air and water acts.
In 2022, during her term as mayor, Councilmember Lili Bosse awarded Aronberg with the “Key to the City,” the highest symbolic honor the mayor and City Council bestow on an individual for his support and achievements that impacted the Beverly Hills community.
“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 develop- ing 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 is survived by his wife Sandra Aronberg, M.D., daughter Cindy Aronberg and his grandchildren Leo Rheinheimer and Kate Rheinheimer.
Donations can be made in his honor to The Maple Counselling Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Sierra Club.