Ralph Weil, 78, accountant who fled Nazi Germany

October 22, 2004

Ralph Weil, a retired accountant who fled the Nazis' persecution of Jews, died of stroke complications Oct. 15 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Fallstaff-area resident was 78.

Born in Dresden, Germany, he and other family members evaded arrest by moving from neighborhood to neighborhood. In December 1938, they sailed to New York City.

Mr. Weil served in the Army during World War II. He became a staff sergeant, and - because of his fluency in German - was assigned to questioning prisoners of war.

He subsequently settled in Baltimore, earned a General Educational Development diploma and attended what was then Baltimore Junior College, where he graduated first in his class. He then earned an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1952.

He worked at the accounting firm Burke, Landsberg & Gerber in downtown Baltimore before forming Weil, Akman, Baylin & Coleman on St. Paul Place. He retired 13 years ago.

Services were held Sunday in Pikesville.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Elinor Pomerantz; a son, Dr. Marc Weil of Ocean Township, N.J.; a daughter, Michele Weil of Bethesda; a sister, Evelyn Field of Sydney, Australia; a half-sister, Lee Lewin Bland of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

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