Sol Nathan, a lifelong resident of Baltimore and retired municipal employee, died Wednesday at the Milford Manor Nursing home of Parkinson's disease, from which he had suffered for many years. He was 84.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Violet Avenue, Mr. Nathan was a 1936 graduate of City College and, three years later, the University of Baltimore Law School.
He was a buyer for city government from 1969 until his retirement in 1984. He was a stickler for ensuring that the city received full value for its payment for services from vendors, his family said.
Before working for the city, Mr. Nathan was an entrepreneur in various enterprises. He owned and operated the American Spice Co., a wholesaler of seasonings for steamed crabs and sausages, for about five years.
He was a member of the B'nai Brith Lodge of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League and Brith Shalom, and a past president of the brotherhood of the Agudas Achim Synagogue. He was also a member of the Managerial and Professional Society of the City of Baltimore.
Mr. Nathan enjoyed woodworking.
Services were held yesterday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Irene Berger; a son, Irvin Nathan of Washington; a daughter, Marilyn Nathan of Malvern, Pa.; a sister, Irene Forschlager of Baltimore; five grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.