Harry Glazer, 90, founder of Gage Clothing stores

November 19, 2003

Harry Glazer, founder of the Gage men's clothing stores, died yesterday of a stroke at Sinai Hospital. The longtime resident of Northwest Baltimore was 90.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East Lombard Street, Mr. Glazer attended city public schools. To help support his immigrant parents, he sold newspapers on streetcars as a boy.

As a young man, he worked for a Washington men's shop and later was a salesman at the old Tru-Fit Clothes on East Baltimore Street.

During World War II, he served in the Army and was stationed in France and Germany.

After returning to Baltimore, he opened Gage Clothing at 5 N. Liberty St. In 1963, he moved the business across the street, where it remains in business. His other store, also still in business, was opened later on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

"With a limited amount of money, he founded Gage and built it up to be a successful men's store," said his wife of 55 years, the former Ruth Weisman, who worked alongside him in the store office.

Mr. Glazer was a former board chairman of Shaarei Zion Congregation. He also worked extensively to raise money for Israel Bonds, and in 1993 he was honored by the National Conference of Synagogue Youth for "outstanding involvement" in the Baltimore Jewish community.

He enjoyed exercising at the Jewish Community Center, where he was a member.

Mr. Glazer was an organizer and first president of the Downtown Merchants Association. This year, he received the Goldstein Service Award for his 50-plus years of "exceptional contributions to the retail business community."

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Bill Glazer of Pikesville; a daughter, Ann Glazer of Pikesville; and two grandchildren.

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