Melvyn Harry Siegel, 57, financial adviser, music fan

August 04, 2002|By Jonathan D. Rockoff | Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF WRITER

Melvyn Harry Siegel, a financial adviser whose love of music led to his involvement with the Baltimore Symphony, died Friday at his Baltimore home of cancer. He was 57.

Mr. Siegel founded and led the Stone Mill Group, which provides money-management advice.

He used his investment skills for Beth Am Synagogue, where he served on the budget and finance committees.

His interests ranged beyond the equity markets. His eclectic musical tastes in everything from show tunes to Ella Fitzgerald to cabaret led to his work with the Friends of the Baltimore Symphony, which he led from 1985 to 1986. His library included leather-bound volumes of the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Oscar Wilde.

He also collected elephant memorabilia.

"He had ivory, he had glass, he had ceramic, he had wood," said Arlene Yolles, a longtime friend who gave him elephant-decorated dishes and music box. "He also had stuffed elephants."

Mr. Siegel, an only child, was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Forest Hills, Queens. He grew up patronizing museums, concerts and the theater.

Mr. Siegel graduated from the City College of New York in 1965. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He was a certified public accountant. He taught for three years, including at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, before entering private business.

In 1975, Mr. Siegel moved to Baltimore, where he quickly began making new acquaintances through dinner parties. He also served on a number of boards, including Sinai Hospital, the Pro Musica Rara chamber music society and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

Richard Bloom, a friend from Beth Am Synagogue, said choir members performed Mr. Siegel's favorite Mozart pieces shortly before he died. "I think it put him to rest and helped him let go," he said.

A memorial service will be held at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, at 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Mr. Siegel is survived by his wife, Inna Siegel.

The family suggested donations be made to Beth Am Synagogue, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.

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