LITTLE NECK, N.Y. - Harold Leviton, 90, chairman and CEO of
Leviton Manufacturing Co., passed away Sept. 8, 2007. Leviton built Little
Neck-based Leviton Manufacturing into a leader in electrical component
“I am deeply saddened that our industry has lost one of its
icons,” said Donald Hendler, Leviton Manufacturing president, who was also Mr.
Leviton’s son-in-law. “All of us at Leviton will deeply miss him and are
comforted by the legacy of market innovation, philanthropy, and goodwill he has
Mr. Leviton was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn in
1917. From a very early age, he is reported to have spent weekends in the
Greenpoint factory that housed the company his father founded in 1906. At the
time, the company made gas lamp mantles, and pull-chain fixtures for the Edison
After earning a business degree from the University of Miami
in 1940, Leviton worked in the company’s stockroom and purchasing department.
In 1965 he took over as president, chairman, and chief executive. From 1998,
Mr. Leviton served as chairman.
He served on the board of the National Electrical
Manufacturers Association since 1976, as chairman of its wiring device section
and an honorary member of its board of governors. He was also a charter member
of the Electrical Safety Foundation International, and vice chairman emeritus
of the National Electrical Safety Foundation.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; daughters Patricia,
Adrienne, and Elizabeth; sons-in-law Hendler, Steven Sokolow, and Andrew
Kriegman; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.