Edward H. Legum, 91

Annapolis businessman

August 21, 2007

Edward H. Legum, a retired Annapolis businessman, died Friday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 91.

Mr. Legum was born in Vienna, Va., and was an infant when his family moved to Annapolis in 1916. He was a 1934 graduate of Annapolis High School and attended St. John's College.

During the late 1930s, he managed the Washington Hotel in Annapolis, and traveled to New York City, where he booked such celebrities as Pearl Bailey, Billy Eckstein and the Harlem Dictators, who performed at the African-American hotel that was in the city's old 4th Ward.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and took part in the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz, Austria.

Because he was fluent in Yiddish, Mr. Legum remained in Austria six months after the war ended and worked as a military interpreter for displaced persons.

After returning to Annapolis, he established Legum Realty, which he sold in 2006, and Criminal Bail Bonds, which he closed in the 1990s. He had been retired since 2000.

Mr. Legum's philanthropic interests included the American Red Magen David for Israel, which is Israel's equivalent of the American Red Cross. He also was served on the capital campaign committee of the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School at his death.

His wife of 58 years, the former Miriam Rosenblum, died in 2001.

Mr. Legum was an active member of Congregation Kneseth Israel Synagogue in Annapolis, where services were held yesterday.

Surviving are two sons, Anne Arundel County District Judge Jonas D. Legum of Annapolis and Michael Legum of North Miami Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Bonnie Thistle of Annapolis; a sister, Rose Balser, of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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