Ralph Levitz, 82, co-founder of what became...


Ralph Levitz, 82, co-founder of what became the nation's largest furniture retailer, died Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. He and his brother, Leon, propelled the Levitz Furniture Corp. into the top ranks of business by building showrooms next to their warehouses so their customers could pick up their purchases the same day.

Mary L. Bell, 94, former president and chairwoman of Bell Broadcasting Co., a pioneering black-owned company that owns Detroit radio stations WJZZ and WCHB, died Saturday. She was the wife of Haley Bell, who founded Bell Broadcasting 39 years ago as one of the nation's first black-owned broadcasting

companies. She succeeded her husband after his death, and she retired in 1992.

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