In Memory

Heinz 'Henry' Loewenthal

Heinz 'Henry' Loewenthal
Dental Supply
304th Station Hospital


19 Oct 1921 Berlin, Germany
17 Jan 1989 Pompano Beach, Florida



South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Thursday, January 19, 1989

Henry Loewenthal, chairman of Margate's Board of Adjustment and a volunteer in a dozen civic and political organizations, died on Tuesday at Memorial Hospital's hospice unit in Hollywood. He was 67.

He moved to Margate in 1974 from Queens, N.Y., where he had operated his Loewenthal Dental Laboratory for many years.

''To alleviate the boredom of retirement, he became very active in the community,'' said his son, Allan, of Spotswood, N.J., ''I'd call him a political activist and volunteer. Any organization that needed him, he would align himself with.''

Mr. Loewenthal served with several political organizations, including the Democratic Executive Committee of Broward County, the Sawgrass Democrat Club and as Democratic district leader for Area 4. He was also a charter member of the Margate Democratic Club, where he was treasurer and vice president.

He was a former president of the Margate Civic Homeowners Association, a member of the Margate Coalition and the Kiwanis Club, president of Margate's Fraternal Order of Police lodge and a member of the marine unit of the Broward Sheriff's Office posse.

Mr. Loewenthal had a longtime interest in police work, which increased when two of his children became officers -- Allan in Staten island, N.Y., and daughter Cheryl Donisi in Fort Lauderdale.

''I guess he was a frustrated cop at heart,'' his son said. ''He was just a great guy, a great father and a great friend.''

He had learned his craft from his father, who had been a dentist in Germany. The Loewenthals, like many other Jews, fled Berlin in 1938 amid Nazi persecution.

Four years later, after the United States entered the war against Germany, Mr. Loewenthal joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed in England first, working there as a dental technician in field hospitals. After the Germans surrendered in 1945, he served as an interpreter in occupied Germany. He was discharged in 1946.

That same year, Mr. Loewenthal married his wife, Erika, whose family had fled Stettin, Germany, in 1936 because of the Nazis.

In addition to his son, daughter and wife, Mr. Loewenthal is survived by another son, Jeffrey of Phoenix, Ariz., and five grandchildren.

Services were private.