Leo Reich, a retired Jewish educator and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died Monday of a bowel obstruction at Sinai Hospital. He was 82.
Mr. Reich was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended Mesivita Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn before enlisting in the Army in 1943.
He was a private with an Army engineering unit in France during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Mesivita Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin. He also attended City College of New York, where he earned an accounting degree in 1948.
After he married Blanche Rosenbloom in 1948, the couple moved to Baltimore.
"He never went into accounting but instead devoted his life to Jewish education," said a son, Avraham Reich of Baltimore.
Mr. Reich taught sixth-grade Jewish studies at Beth Jacob Congregation Hebrew School from 1948 to 1962. From 1950 to 1964, he was also an elementary school teacher at Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.
In 1964, he was named assistant principal at the school, a position he held until 1980, when he retired.
"Afternoons, he would go to the Ner Tamid Congregation Hebrew School, where he was the school's principal from 1962 to 1995, when he retired," his son said.
He also gave students private lessons, family members said.
Earlier in his life, Mr. Reich was an avid handball player.
"He also liked visiting his children and grandchildren in Israel," his son said.
Mr. Reich had been a member of Beth Jacob Congregation, Shearith Israel Congregation and Ner Tamid Congregation, where services were held Wednesday.
In addition to his wife of 59 years and son, Mr. Reich is survived by another son, Joseph Reich of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two daughters, Bryna Hartman of Chashmonaim, Israel, and Rachel Frid of Telzstone, Israel; a sister, Dorothy Kulick of Boynton Beach, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.