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Banker , department store executive

Robert Henry Levi, American department store executive, banker. Decorated Commander Order Merit Italian Republic; recipient Milton Eisenhower medal distinguished service Johns Hopkins University, 1987; named to Hall of Fame Baltimore City College, named Man of Year, Washington, 1966, Baltimore, 1990, named Entrepreneur of Year, Baltimore, 1990.


Levi, Robert Henry was born on March 27, 1915 in Baltimore. Son of Abraham H. and Regina (Ottenheimer) Levi.


AB, Johns Hopkins University, 1936. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Johns Hopkins University, 1990.


Salesman, The Hecht Company (department store), Washington, 1941-1942;floor manager, The Hecht Company (department store), 1942;budget director, The Hecht Company (department store), 1945-1946;assistant manager, The Hecht Company (department store), 1947-1949;vice president, The Hecht Company, 1948;executive vice president charge corporation affairs, assistant managing director, The Hecht Company Baltimore stores, 1950-1951;1st executive vice president, The Hecht Company Baltimore stores, 1951-1955;president, The Hecht Company Baltimore stores, 1955-1968;general manager Washington area, The Hecht Company Baltimore stores, 1957-1959;vice president, member executive, finance committees, May Department Stores Company, 1959-1968;still director, May Department Stores Company. Chairman of the executive committee, director Merc.-Safe Deposit & Trust Company, 1968-1970, vice Chairman of the Board, 1970-1980, chairman of the executive committee, 1980-1985. Chairman of the Board Catalyst Recovery International Inc., 1978-1990.

Board directors Hittman Associates, American General Insurance Company, Fidelity & Deposit Company Maryland., Warburg Pincus Capital Fund.


Member finance committee, board directors Associate Jewish Charities. Board directors Junior Achievement Metropolitan Baltimore, Fed City Council, Washington. Chairman Greater Baltimore Committee.

Director Urban Coalition. Vice chairman, director Washington Downtown Progress. Member Urban Renewal Council, Washington.

Chairman Downtown Policy Committee, District of Columbia. Trustee, past president Sinai Hospital. Trustee Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Goucher College.

Vice chairman board trustees Johns Hopkins University. Member advisory committee American University School Business Administration, Washington, Fight-Blight Fund, Green Spring Valley Planning Foundation. Founder, chairman board Baltimore Community Foundation, founding trustee.

Former trustee Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Served to lieutenant United States Coast Guard Reserve, 1942-1945. Member National Retail Merchants Association New York (director), American Retail Federation (president 1965-1967), Center Club, Maryland Club, Caves Valley Golf Club, Johns Hopkins Faculty Club. Clubs: Center, Maryland, Caves Valley Golf.


Married Ryda Hecht, October 18, 1939. Children: Sandra Jean, Alexander Hecht, Richard Hecht.

Abraham H. Levi

Regina (Ottenheimer) Levi

Ryda Hecht

Sandra Jean Levi

Alexander Hecht Levi

Richard Hecht Levi