Jack Lipsitz, Dry Goods Wholesaler

July 21, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Jack Lipsitz, a retired co-owner of a Baltimore wholesale dry goods firm who was a World War II combat veteran, died Monday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Atrium Village Retirement Community in Owings Mills.

The former longtime Pikesville resident was 93.

Mr. Lipsitz was born in Baltimore and raised on Hanover Street, above his family's dry good business, D. Lipsitz and Sons, that had been founded by his father in 1900.

After graduating from Southern High School in 1933, he joined his father in the business that sold clothing, underwear and towels to stores, family members said.

He joined the Army in 1941 and served with the 9th Army as a technical sergeant in the artillery in the European Theater.

"He served for 54 months and fought at the Battle of the Bulge and was among the first troops to cross the Rhine River at Remagen Bridge," said his daughter, Susan L. Green of Baltimore.

At war's end, Mr. Lipsitz returned to the family business, which he operated with his brother until 1974, when the city bought the Hanover Street property for the proposed East-West Expressway that was never built in the area.

After the business closed, Mr. Lipsitz worked in sales for B. Barmack Co., a wholesale children's clothing firm, until retiring in 1979.

Mr. Lipsitz had been a member and president of the Liberty Jewish Center and was a member of the Cassia Lodge of the Masons, the Yedz Grotto, and Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

His wife of 45 years, the former Elsie Berlin, died in 1985.

He enjoyed reading and was a sports fan.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at United Hebrew Cemetery, Washington Boulevard and Sulphur Springs Road in Lansdowne.

Also surviving are a son, Mark Lipsitz of Timonium; a sister, Lee Mensh of Silver Spring; and two granddaughters. Another son, Nathan Lipsitz, died in 1993.

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