Fabric veteran Jack Litwack, 98
Retail Editor 2 -- Home Textiles Today, October 25, 2013
Oakland, Calif. - Jack Litwack, who spent 70 years in the fabric business, passed away here Oct. 14 at the age of 98.
Litwack's textile career spanned began in 1938 when he and his father founded New England Textile Co. Working along with his brothers Murray and Ralph, Litwack ran the textile jobber and exporter until 1968.
He spent the next two decades with Richloom Fabrics, during which he created a job lot division and developed the company's export sales as international sales manager. Under his guidance, Richloom, along with Lanscot Arlen, were the first two American textiles companies to exhibit at the Heimtextil international fair in Germany.
Shortly after retiring from Richloom at the age of 76, Litwack formed Jackson Enterprises, serving the trade as a textiles broker and consultant. After retiring from business at the age of 93, he moved to California to live closer to his family.
Litwack was a classical music enthusiast and an avid tennis player. He played tennis well into his eighties and ran the tennis tournament at the annual industry outing. He also served for many years on the board of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Anita Levine Litwack, three children, three step-children, 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Nov. 3 at the home of Dr. Richard Levine in Oakland.
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