— Adam Bernstein The Washington Post Published: July 4
Marvin Tievsky, 93, a retired liquor store owner and manager who became a leading
civic activist in Washington’s Tenleytown neighborhood, died June 28 at his home in the
District. He had cancer.
Mr. Tievsky worked for his family’s business, Park Liquors in Tenleytown, before taking
over in the late 1960s and running it for several years. He later managed Georgetown
Wine and Spirits until retiring in the early 1990s.
He spent much of the past 30 years as president of the Friendship-Tenleytown Citizens
Association. He worked to preserve the tree-lined, family-friendly community that he had
known since his family moved there in 1924.
As president of the civic group, he was said to be alarmed about blight along Wisconsin
Avenue, from traffic congestion to the development of massage parlors, nude bars and
other unsavory businesses. He worked with police and political leaders to help shut
down some of those shops.
Marvin Tievsky was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Russian immigrants. He grew up in
Washington, where he graduated from Western High School in 1933 and from George
Washington University in 1937.
As a young man, he worked at his father’s grocery store and was a government
accountant during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Arleen Shapiro Tievsky of Washington.