Donald S. Levinson, 91, aluminum firm president

January 11, 2004

Donald S. Levinson, former president of Tomke Aluminum Co. and a former member of the Maryland Racing Commission, died in his sleep Friday at his winter home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 91.

Mr. Levinson was born in Roanoke, Va., and moved with his family in 1916 to Eutaw Place. He later moved to Ashburton, where he graduated in 1930 from Forest Park High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee College in Lexington, Va. in 1934.

He was president for 50 years of Tomke Aluminum Co., a division of United Iron & Metal Co., until retiring in 1989.

In addition, he had been a co-owner of the now-defunct Dundalk Liquor Co., which bottled Dundalk Rye and Brooklandwood Bourbon.

Gov. Marvin Mandel appointed Mr. Levinson to the Maryland Racing Commission in 1973, and he served until 1978.

He was a former partner of the Donie Bush Thoroughbred Farm and was an owner of several thoroughbreds, most notably Lost Code, who as a 3-year-old won the Alabama, Illinois, Ohio, and St. Paul derbies. In 1988, the horse won the Oaklawn Handicap and finished second in the Pimlico Special.

Mr. Levinson had served on the board of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital and Villa Julie College, and was a longtime member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Mr. Levinson, who also lived in the Warrington Condominiums in Guilford, was a member of the Center Club and Suburban Club.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Bernice "Bootsie" Shapiro; a son, Stephen J. Levinson of Guilford; a daughter, Gail L. Shawe of Roland Park; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Nancy Joan Levinson, died in 2001.

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