Harvey Gabriel Poltilove, a retired West Baltimore pharmacist, died of cancer Friday at his Pikesville home. He was 93.
Born in Russia, he was brought to Baltimore by his parents. Family members said he was 6 months old at the time and that he nearly died during the trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr. Poltilove lived with his parents in East Baltimore while he was a student at City College, from which he graduated in 1925. He earned a degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1928.
With his brother George, also a pharmacist, he opened Poltilove's Pharmacy at Franklin Street and Fremont Avenue. They remained in business until 1968 when the city condemned the property to build an expressway, a leg of Interstate 70, along West Franklin Street. He then worked part time at the Mount Washington Pharmacy and at Moss' Pharmacy in Catonsville. He retired about 20 years ago.
Mr. Poltilove was a former member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and an activist for heath care in the West Baltimore community where his store was located. On several occasions, he advised West Baltimore church congregations to help them raise funds for social programs in their neighborhoods.
He belonged to a pharmacist's group, the RX Club.
In 1978 he married Augusta Hillman Albert, who survives him. His previous wife of 43 years, the former Lilly Hillman, died in 1976. They were sisters.
He attended the Winands Road Synagogue.
A sports fan, Mr. Poltilove attended Colts games; he was a season ticket holder for 26 years.
Services were held Monday in Pikesville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Stuart Poltilove of Randallstown and David Poltilove of Columbia; and four grandchildren.