Julius L. 'Leo' Levy, paper products salesman

November 05, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Julius Leopold "Leo" Levy, a retired paper products salesman, died of heart failure Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Pikesville resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he graduated from Forest Park High School at age 16 in 1941 and earned an engineering degree at Duke University in two years.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a lieutenant. He was stationed in the Pacific.

Mr. Levy was a vice president of the Monumental Paper Co. before retiring about 15 years ago. He had earlier worked in the family business, J. Leo Levy, which manufactured paper products.

Mr. Levy was board president of Jewish Vocational Services from 1970 to 1974. He served on the investment committee of Associated Jewish Charities from 2002 to 2007.

Many years ago, he collected hand-blown antique flasks and was active on Maryland Historical Society committees. He later sold the flasks, invested the proceeds and paid for his grandchildren's college education, his daughters said.

A Democrat, he followed elections and was active in campaign fundraising. He also supported the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the National Aquarium and public broadcasting.

Services were held Sunday.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Rachel Suisman; three daughters, Ruth Meyer of Nashua, N.H., Kate Tye of Newton, Mass., and Sarah Levy of Portland, Maine; a sister, Josephine Kohn of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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