Longtime SEGD member and industry icon Harry J Neiman of Neiman & Company(Los Angeles, Calif.) passed away from natural causes on Monday, February 6, 2017.
While the environmental graphic design industry was in its nascence, in 1965 Harry founded what was to be known as Neiman & Company, a small sign shop in Los Angeles. Harry was later instrumental in the research and development of tactile & Braille features required after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Harry’s passion for delivering quality craftsmanship drove his business and inspired many designers and other industry members. Neiman & Company now stands alongside the most recognized architectural signage fabrication companies in Southern California, if not the United States.
Harry had been a longtime member and supporter of the SEGD, missing only one conference in the past twenty years, and recently becoming a sponsor of the annual SEGD Expo event. Harry was a well-known character at the annual conferences, charming and regaling designers, young and old alike, with his industry war stories. In 2014 Harry was very proud to have received the SEGD Arrow Award recognizing his contributions to the industry-at-large.
As a young man, Harry served in the National Guard, and over his life has supported numerous veteran’s organizations. For many years he was a passionate mountain biker. He was most notorious for his love of classic cars, in particular, classic Corvettes.
Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Harry was 73 years old at the time of his passing. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Morgan Neiman, her mother, Sasha Neiman, and many other loved ones, including his loyal staff at Neiman & Company. Burial services will be private, however, a memorial celebrating Harry’s life will be held at his ranch in Canyon Country, California. (For details please contact Neiman & Company at 818-781-8600 or [email protected].)
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in Harry’s name to Operation First Response, the Wounded Warriors Project, The Tanya Neiman Legacy Fund, SEGD or Direct Relief International.