Murray Slatkin, 100, paint products distributor

August 03, 2005

Murray Slatkin, who owned a wholesale painting products supply company and was active in Zionist organizations, died of an aneurysm Thursday at Sinai Hospital. The Stevenson resident was 100.

Born in New York City, he moved to Baltimore in 1908 with his parents and lived on Ducatel Street. He graduated from City College in 1921, at age 16, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Maryland in 1929.

He joined his father's business, Felmor Chemical Works, later Felmor Corp., a wholesale distributor of brushes, rollers and sandpaper, which had its roots in the manufacture of stove paint. He retired in 1991 as the firm's president, and was a past president of the trade group National Paint Distributors.

He was a former vice president of the Baltimore Zionist District and was a national vice president of the Zionist Organization of America, whose membership awarded him its Judge Simon E. Sobeloff Award in 1973.

He was named Man of the Year in 1969 by the B'nai B'rith Menorah Lodge.

He was a past president of the Hebrew Free Loan Association, and former board member of the Irvine Natural Science Center and Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund.

Mr. Slatkin was active in the theater throughout his life and had been a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists.

In 1942, he took part in radio dramas on WBAL-AM, and later used his voice in commercials for banks. He appeared as Santa Claus for a Brager's department store TV spot in 1948, and as a bread salesman for the Koester Baking Co. in the 1950s. He was an extra in the films All the President's Men and ... And Justice for All. He was involved in plays produced by the Young Men's Hebrew Association and the Chizuk Amuno and Shaarei Tfiloh congregations.

Services were held Sunday.

Survivors include a son, Robert B. Slatkin of Pikesville; a daughter, Joan E. Barton of Stevenson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of nearly 52 years, the former Lillian Selsky, died in 2000.

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