Isadore I. Gittleson, 84, a retired executive with a scrap metal company, died of massive
internal bleeding Jan. 31, 2005 at Aventura medical center in North Miami Beach, Fla.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Gittleson graduated from Western High School (1938) and
the old Benjamin Franklin College. He later received a master's degree in business
He worked for his parents' United Grocery Store at 24th and F streets NW until 1950,
when he went to work at Alexandria Scrap Metal Corp. He rose to general manager and
vice president before his retirement in 1981.
In 1978, Mr. Gittleson and his wife were given the Kesher Shem Tov award from his
synagogue of almost 60 years, Ohev Sholom Talmud Torah. He also had been a member
of the Samuel Gompers/Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years.
His wife of 47 years, Anne Torchinsky Gittleson died in 1995.
Survivors include three sons, Frank Gittleson of Silver Spring, Sheldon Gittleson of North
Miami Beach and Arnold Gittleson of Baltimore; two brothers, Nate Gittleson of Bethesda
and Ralph Gittleson of Potomac; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.