Sylvan Isaac, a certified public accountant who headed his own firm for more than 50 years, died of a stroke Monday at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 86.
Mr. Isaac was born in Baltimore and raised on Queensberry Avenue in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. He was a 1938 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1942.
He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1942 and served as a warrant officer in Savannah, Ga. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After the war, he returned to Baltimore and, after passing the CPA exam in 1948, joined A. William Isaacs & Co., his uncle's accounting firm.
He eventually became a partner in the business. After his uncle's death in the mid-1950s, he became president and owner of the business.
Mr. Isaac was later joined by his brother, Morton Isaac, and son, Barry G. Isaac. The firm became Isaac & Isaac P.A. and, since 2005, has been a part of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates.
Mr. Isaac, who retired in 2005, was a lifelong thoroughbred racing handicapper. He also liked playing blackjack and was an Orioles and Colts fan.
The longtime Clarks Lane resident was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Marion Fink; two daughters, Nancy Isaac-Simering of Owings Mills and Lynn Isaac of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.