Martin Furman, 76, company head

September 26, 2006

Martin William Furman, former president of a Baltimore automotive parts business, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Pikesville resident was 76.

Mr. Furman was born in Baltimore, raised in Pikesville and graduated from Park School in 1948. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and a second bachelor's degree, in economics, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore.

In 1952, he went to work as a truck driver for RPS Products, an automotive parts distributor founded by his parents in 1929. He was president and board chairman of the business when it closed in 1986.

He volunteered at Sinai Hospital, assisting cancer patients.

An avid tennis player, he played a weekly game with the same group of friends for 35 years, family members said. He was also a fan of Navy and University of Maryland sports teams, and the old Baltimore Bullets and Colts.

A Civil War buff, Mr. Furman had a large library devoted to the subject. He also collected movies and movie posters.

He was a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Norma Rejas; two sons, Ron Furman of Upperco and Ken Furman of Towson; two daughters, Laurie Servinsky of Richmond, Va., and Jennifer Cole of Lutherville; a brother, Edward Furman of Roland Park; and nine grandchildren.

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