Anthony Henry Pascal, Father of Former Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal, Dies at 84

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The producer's father worked for the Johnson administration in the 1960s and helped pioneer studies on racial discrimination, poverty and public health policy.

Anthony "Tony" Henry Pascal, father of former Sony chief and film producer Amy Pascal, died Thursday, a rep for the family announced. He was 84. 

Pascal was born in 1933 and grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He attended and graduated from Fairfax High, where he met his wife, Barbara Edelberg, to whom he was married 60 years. Following his graduation, Pascal went on to study economics at UCLA and later entered graduate school at Columbia in 1956, the same year he married his high school sweetheart.

They lived together in a cabin in rural New York state with no electricity or running water. Two years after they tied the knot, in 1958, they welcomed their daughter Amy. They moved back to Los Angeles where Pascal began work for the RAND corporation, the start of a 30-year career that took the family across the country.

Pascal spent time working for President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration and helped establish RAND's public policy division, which conducted numerous studies on racial discrimination, poverty and public health policies. He and Barbara had their second daughter, Jenny, in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1962.

Following his retirement in 1991, Tony began constructing models of the 1940s homes in Los Angeles that his family and friends grew up in. He is survived by his sister, Rita, his daughters, Amy and Jenny, sons-in-law Bernie and Alex, and grandchildren Isabel, Charlie and Anthony.