The origins of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital stretch back to 1890, when a group of Jewish immigrants opened the Hebrew Friendly Inn and Aged Home on Aisquith Street in East Baltimore. The city’s established Jews wanted to help newly arrived immigrants get started with new lives in Baltimore.
James W. “Jim” Gracie, a trout fisherman and stream restoration advocate who had been a chemical engineer, died of complications of COPD and cancer Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The former Ellicott City resident was 78.
Vernon “Tim” Conway, a retired Baltimore City Liquor Board official who had been active in Baltimore’s early Civil Rights Movement, died of complications of Parkinson’s disease Feb. 5 at Gilchrist Hospice Towson.
Maria Luisa Thomas, a community volunteer recalled for her fashion sense and musical style, died of complications from flu and pneumonia Jan. 28 at Seasons Hospice at Sinai Hospital. The Greenspring Valley resident was 86.
Solomon Taylor, a retired copper refinery worker, World War II veteran and barber, died of heart disease Jan. 17 at a Baltimore Veterans Assisted Living facility. The former West Baltimore resident was 98.