Leviton Manufacturing Company, Little neck, New York, announced the passing of its chairman and chief executive officer, Harold Leviton, age 90. Leviton passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, with his family at his bedside.
“Those of us who knew Harold had a deep admiration and tremendous respect for him as a businessman with infinite passion for the electrical industry,” said Donald J. Hendler, Leviton company president.
Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Harold Leviton grew up in the electrical industry. He regularly accompanied his father on visits to the family’s Greenpoint, Brooklyn, factory, where he spoke to employees at all levels of the company and learned the business from the ground up.
After graduating from the University of Miami with a business degree in 1940, he began full-time employment at the company. Starting out in the stockroom, he made his way through the company’s purchasing and personnel departments and eventually became director of personnel, where he instituted forward-thinking policies and diversified the work force before the nation’s antidiscrimination laws were legislated. With the passing of his older brother Bernard and his father, Isidor, in 1965, he became Leviton Manufacturing’s president, CEO and chairman.
Leviton served as chairman of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s wiring device section and building and equipment division and as an honorary member of its board of governors and chairman of the electrical manufacturing council. In addition, he served as vice chairman emeritus of the National Electrical Safety Foundation.
He instituted the Leviton Industrial Arts Award, a prestigious accolade for New York City High School students in the electrical trades. Leviton played an active role with the United Jewish Y’s of Long Island as both a benefactor and one-time president and chairman of its board. He was also a founder of Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.
Services took place Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Temple Israel near Leviton’s hometown of Hewlett Harbor, N.Y. EC