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Bernard Legum, 91, real estate entrepreneur

Bernard Legum, a retired Annapolis businessman who bought and sold real estate, died Tuesday of cancer at the Ginger Cove retirement community. He was 91 and had lived in the Annapolis area since 1918.

Born in 1912 in Portsmouth, Va., he moved to Maryland as a boy and was a 1930 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School, where he was a fullback on the football team.

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Mr. Legum had several business enterprises, including manufacturing, grocery stores and distributorships, said a daughter, Beverly Aaron of Atlanta. But it was his involvement in real estate, beginning in 1935, that allowed him to retire at the age of 50. He enjoyed boating and kept a cabin cruiser.

Mr. Legum was a past president and a member of the board of Kneseth Israel Congregation, where he was a member of its Chevra Kadisha burial society for more than 60 years. He was a charter member of Allen J. Reiter B'nai B'rith, a member of the Amos Masonic Lodge, and an adviser to the board of the Salvation Army in Annapolis.

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His children and grandchildren during the 1970s dedicated the sanctuary at Kneseth Israel to him and to his wife, Rose Renbaum Legum, to whom he was married for 60 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday.

Mr. Legum is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Legum of Baltimore and Wayne Legum of Boca Raton, Fla.; two daughters, Beverly Aaron of Atlanta, and Cheryl Morgan of Annapolis; two sisters, Dora Kintberger Schleider of Baltimore, and Gertrude Sherr of Hillsborough, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


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