In Memoriam: James D. Aljian, Tracinda Corporation Executive and Member of the MGM MIRAGE Board of Directors 1932 - 2007

Lifelong Californian Worked for MGM Studios and Helped Develop Las Vegas


Apr 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from MGM MIRAGE

    LAS VEGAS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- James D. Aljian, a longtime
 Tracinda Corporation executive and former senior vice president of finance
 for MGM Studios and MGM/UA Entertainment, passed away April 12. He was 75.
     Mr. Aljian lived in Marina del Rey and was a close associate and friend
 of MGM MIRAGE majority shareholder Kirk Kerkorian and a member of the Board
 of Directors of MGM MIRAGE since 1988.
     He was also a member of the International Leisure Corporation team that
 developed numerous major Las Vegas resorts, including Caesars Palace, the
 Flamingo Hotel, the International Hotel (now the Hilton) and the original
 MGM Grand Hotel (now Bally's).
     "Jim played an invaluable role on our Board and he will be very sadly
 missed," said Terry Lanni, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM
 MIRAGE. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
     At the time of his passing, he was an executive for Tracinda
 Corporation and chairman of the Lincy Foundation, a charitable organization
 that supports numerous causes internationally.
     A statement from Tracinda Corporation reflected the impact Mr. Aljian
 made on each of his colleagues: "Yesterday, Tracinda lost a member of its
 family. Jim was a father to all of us and deeply loved. His spirit, energy
 and caring nature will remain with us forever."
     Tracinda majority shareholder Kirk Kerkorian reminisced about his
 46-year friendship with Mr. Aljian. "I first met Jim in 1961 when he was an
 auditor with Ernst & Ernst. He was tough and I knew right away that I
 needed him on my team. Jim's loyal confidence and business acumen proved
 invaluable to me over the years, but no more valuable than his friendship,
 which meant so much. I will miss him more than I care to think about."
     Mr. Aljian previously served on the boards of Western Airlines,
 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Southwest Leasing, MGM Grand Hotel, MGM Studios,
 MGM/UA Entertainment, Chrysler Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG.
     For more than 30 years, Mr. Aljian served as a voting member of the
 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
     Mr. Aljian was born in Oakland, California and attended Oakland High
 School. He held a bachelor's degree from the University of California at
 Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate
 University in San Francisco. He was licensed as a certified public
 accountant and was a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
     In his youth, Mr. Aljian was an Eagle Scout and later served his
 country as a decorated marksman in the United States Army's 3rd Infantry
     He was a true lover of nature and the outdoors. Many of his happiest
 times were spent deep-sea fishing with friends off the coast of California
 and Mexico or working in the orange grove at his ranch in North San Diego
     He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marjorie; his sister Nancy Ashe
 and brother William Peter Aljian; his children Mark Aljian, Anne Trinklein,
 and Reed Aljian; and six grandchildren.
     Services will take place on Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Good
 Shepherd Catholic Church, 505 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The
 UCLA Foundation for the James Aljian Memorial Fund at the David Geffen
 School of Medicine, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Ste. 3132, Los Angeles, California