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Laurence Levitan

October 22, 1933 ~ March 20, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Laurence Levitan Obituary

State Senator Laurence (Larry) Levitan passed away at the age of 90 on March 20, 2024 in Bethesda, MD. He was born in Washington, DC to Maurice and Nathlie Levitan on October 22, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Barbara, his siblings Miriam, Joan (Steve) and Chuck, along with his daughters Jennifer, Michelle and Lisa. Pop Pop to Mackie (Jake), Brady (Jason), Griffin, Fallon and step granddaughter Lisa (Lauren). His great grandchildren gave him a special joy, Cole, Cam and Shay. Larry leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. His friends were family, especially “The Boys”. A group of friends from elementary school and Camp Saginaw.

He grew up in NW DC in the same house as his mother. Larry went to Wilson High School, college at Washington and Lee and George Washington University for law school. He met Barbara on a blind date. That first date he brought her to his parents’ house for a home cooked meal. This Barbara was a keeper and they married in 1957. They moved to Potomac, MD in 1964 where they would spend the next 48 years.

He was a successful lawyer and a founding partner in several law firms including Levitan Ezrin Cramer West and Weinstein, LLC in Chevy Chase. Larry won his first election as Delegate in the Maryland State House in 1970. In 1974 he ran for State Senate from District 15 in Montgomery County. In 1978 he was named the Chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee. A position he held for the next 16 years.

He loved politics. He loved helping people. Larry always worked well with everyone. He was a politician’s politician. It did not matter what your party affiliation might be, he was willing to listen to and work with all sides. He called everyone his friend and meant it. He had many successes while in office. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation check off on the Maryland tax form was his idea. Larry helped Maryland keep its AAA bond rating. He is the reason most escrow accounts earn interest in Maryland. Locally he helped make Strathmore a success and Suburban Hospital build a helipad.

He was “retired” from politics in 1994. He joined the law firm Rifkin Livingston Levitan & Silver LLC. Larry enjoyed being able to remain in Annapolis fighting for causes he believed. He was asked to sit on several boards and was happy to help wherever his expertise was needed.

Larry and Barbara sold their home in Potomac in 2012 and eventually retired full time to Bethany Beach, DE where Larry enjoyed playing tennis and golf and joined the condo board. They loved having their family visit the beach. There was nothing better than a full house. Just as they were about to move back to Bethesda, Larry took ill. His friends helped bring him home, where he was lucky enough to spend his final few months surrounded by family and friends. Right to the end Larry always had a “please”, “thank you” and smile for everyone he met. He was truly a great man will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024, at 1:00p.m. in the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park, 14321 Comus Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871 with burial to follow. Reception at Maplewood Park Place, 9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814 at 4p.m.. Shiva will be held at Mackenzie and Jake Ryan's Residence 9707 Montauk Ave, Bethesda, MD, 20814 on Sunday evening at 6:30p.m with services at 7:30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Larry’s name to the Nathlie Levitan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Montgomery College Foundation, 900 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 or the charity of your choosing.

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March 22, 2024

1:00 PM
Garden of Remembrance Chapel, Clarksburg

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