Alvin Loreck, 82

Hutzler's executive

February 04, 2007

Alvin Loreck, a former department store executive and longtime Baltimore County school board member, died Monday at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82.

Mr. Loreck was born in Baltimore and graduated from City College. At age 16, he received a full scholarship to study engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.'

He interrupted his studies from 1944 to 1945 to serve in the Army during World War II. When he returned to Hopkins, Mr. Loreck earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and then a master's degree in industrial engineering.

Hutzler's department store recruited him 1949, and he advanced steadily through the ranks, becoming a corporate vice president.

In 1951, Mr. Loreck married Barbara Ochstein. They resided in Pikesville, where they raised their two sons. There, Mr. Loreck became involved in the Baltimore County school board in 1967, serving for 11 years.

"That really became one of his passions," said a son, David Loreck of Columbia. "He wanted things done right and done well."

In 1980, with the demise of Hutzler's on the horizon, Mr. Loreck moved to McAllen, Texas, where he worked for several companies, including Dillard's department store, until 2004, when he returned to Baltimore.

He was a member of Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills and Temple Emmanuel while in Texas.

Mr. Loreck is also survived by another son, Robert Loreck of the San Antonio area; a sister, Donna Polovoy, of Pikesville; and two grandchildren.

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