Don W. Carlson
(July 18,1932 - February 20, 2017) "In his college days he was a 3-time letterman at Stanford University. He played basketball in the Army where he also held the United State’s Army physical fitness record. He went on to become a real estate mogul in the eighties with the premiere success of Consolidated Capital: A syndicated real estate company. He believed in personal growth for his hundreds of employees bringing progressive speakers like Ram Das and Stephen Levine to his company.
"He helped build an organization called BENS (Business Executives for National Security) involving Ted Turner and Shirley MacLaine that was instrumental in ending the cold war. He visited Russia as a diplomatic gesture and co-authored a book with Craig Comstock called Citizen Summitry. He ran and funded the ARC Philanthropy Foundation for many years."  "A lifelong Democrat with many Republican friends, he was politically active and campaigned and raised funds for politicians including Jerry Brown and Dianne Feinstein." 
His son is Richard Carlson.
Resources and articles
- Don went on to co-found Consolidated Capital Companies with Daniel Blumberg, George Croom, and Marvin Levi
- kristinecarlson A Life Well Lived, organizational web page, accessed October 19, 2017.