Sylvan Ribakow, 90

The Baltimore Sun

Sylvan Ribakow, a certified public accountant and former partner in a Baltimore accounting firm, died Wednesday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital.

The former Pikesville resident was 90.

Mr. Ribakow was born in Baltimore and raised near Easterwood Park in Northwest Baltimore. He was a 1935 graduate of City College and earned a degree in accounting from the Baltimore College of Commerce, now the University of Baltimore.

During World War II, Mr. Ribakow, who was classified 4-F by the Selective Service System because of a bad back, was an accountant at Austin Baking Co. in Baltimore.

In 1944, he was made a partner in the Baltimore accounting firm Berman & Goldman, which was established in 1939.

Mr. Ribakow, whose specialty was estate and tax planning, retired in 1982 from the Ellicott City firm that is now known as Berman Goldman & Ribakow LLP.

Mr. Ribakow was active with the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and worked on capital fundraising campaigns for the University of Baltimore.

He was a lifetime member of Temple Oheb Shalom.

After receiving a diagnosis of macular degeneration in 1992, Mr. Ribakow worked to help others who suffered from the disease.

Recently, he and his wife of 60 years, the former Isabelle Bloom, endowed reading equipment that will be installed at the Pikesville library.

"This magnifying equipment will help those who suffer from low vision be able to read," said a son, Bryan P. Ribakow of Pikesville.

Mr. Ribakow, who had been an avid tennis player and golfer, was a member of the old Bonnie View Country Club.

Services were held Wednesday.

Mr. Ribakow's family will receive friends at a reception at noon Sunday at the North Oaks Retirement Community, 725 Mount Wilson Lane.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Warren L. Ribakow of Belcamp; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

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