Alice F. Lowenthal, 101, homemaker, artist

September 23, 2006

Alice F. Lowenthal, a homemaker and artist, died in her sleep Sept. 15 in her apartment at the Essex House Hotel in New York City. The former Pikesville resident was 101.

Born Alice Frank in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills, she was a 1923 graduate of Park School and attended Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., and Goucher College.

In 1929, she married Henry Hecht, a vice president of Hecht Co. and one of Maryland's prominent racing figures. They lived at Pen-Y-Bryn, their Garrison estate, until divorcing in 1959. She was married for many years to George B. Hess Sr., grandson of the founder of Hess Shoe Co. He died in 1974.

In 1974, she married Daniel A. Lowenthal Sr., owner of a Washington chain of shoe stores, who died in 1981.

Mrs. Lowenthal was an accomplished oil painter who enjoyed doing landscapes, as well as constructing collages. She was an avid bridge player and spent summers at a family home in Rangeley, Maine. She was a member of the Suburban Club.

Mrs. Lowenthal lived for many years on Slade Avenue in Pikesville until moving to Montecito, Calif., in 1998. Since 2003, she had lived in New York.

At her request, no funeral service will be held.

She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Mary Ellen Hecht of New York City; a brother, Julian S. Stein Jr. of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Henry Hecht Jr., and a daughter, Alice Goodman.

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