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Prominent O.C. developer Donald Koll dies at 78

December 10, 2011 |  2:07 pm

Well-known Newport Beach developer and philanthropist Donald Koll has died.

Koll founded the Koll Co. in Newport Beach in 1962.

The company grew from a regional general construction firm specializing in custom homes to a commercial real estate giant that developed more than 90 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space around the U.S. and Mexico.

The company specialized in risky, highly speculative office projects during Koll's nearly 40 years of leadership. It locally produced the Koll Center, a 1.5-million-square-foot office park in Newport Beach; the Koll Center Irvine, a similar master-planned office park in Irvine; and the replica of Independence Hall in Buena Park.

Koll and his family also helped bring the private Sage Hill School in Newport Coast to life.

Koll, a stroke survivor, suffered a heart attack over the weekend and died Tuesday, according to the Orange County Register. He was 78.

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