Levi H. 'Lee' Manchester

Age 91 Western Electric division chief

August 21, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Levi H."Lee" Manchester, a retired Western Electric Corp. division chief, died of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care on Aug. 11. The former West Towson resident was 91.

Mr. Manchester was born and raised in Tiverton, R.I., and graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1935.

He was an apprentice machine and tool and die maker at General Electric Co.'s Providence Base Works plant in Rhode Island.

In 1941, he moved to Baltimore and took a job with the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, and then joined Western Electric working on radar and other high-tech equipment at the company's former Point Breeze Works in Southeast Baltimore.

Mr. Manchester earned a degree in industrial management from the University of Baltimore in 1955.

He worked as a time and motion study engineer before being put in charge of moving several Western Electric departments from Indianapolis to Baltimore.

During the 1960s, he supervised a four-year project of laying a trans-Atlantic and -Pacific telephone cable.

At his retirement in 1979, he was in charge of the company's inspection and toolmaking departments.

He was a Mason and a member of the Boumi Temple, Scottish Rite, Mystic Circle Masonic Lodge 109, and the Towson Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Manchester tutored in Baltimore public schools and visited the ill in the Blakehurst retirement community's health care center.

A resident of Blakehurst since 2000, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and travel.

His wife of 61 years, the former Elizabeth Dolbey, died in 2005.

Services were Friday.

Surviving are a daughter, Jeffra Manchester Zeller of Towson; a sister, Kitty Kolbsfleisch of South Yarmouth, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

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