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Louis Bank, 89, a real estate broker for more than 40 years, died Dec. 1.
A founder and former president of a mortgage banking company, Bank was appointed to the advisory board of the Directors of the Government National Mortgage Association. Also a former president and director of the Barode Corporation, he has developed residential communities in eastern and central Pennsylvania for more than 35 years.
He was presented with an award for his innovative leadership by the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Philadelphia.
Dedicated to religious life, Bank served on the board of directors and as vice president of the West Oak Lane Jewish Community Center, which has since merged with Beth Sholom in Elkins Park. He also served as chairman of the Bar Mitzvah and Chai celebration committees, and was a member of the Scholarship Committee.
Louis and Ruth Bank also made substantial contributions to the synagogue in the form of a stained-glass window and two Torah mosaics, in addition to endowing the Bank Auditorium.
In recognition, Louis Bank was honored as the first recipient of the "Man of the Year" award from the Men's Club.
A former member of the Philadelphia Committee board of governors, the State of Israel Bonds and a life member of the Zionist Organization of America, Bank was honored at a State of Israel Tribute Dinner in 1971.
He established the Louis Bank Foundation for the benefit of the General Israel Orphans Home for Girls in Jerusalem, as well as the David and Celia Bank Foundation in memory of his parents. In 1968, Bank was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Commonwealth Mental-Health Research Foundation.
A member of B'nai B'rith for most of his adult life, he was affiliated with the Sportsmen's Lodge and the Towers Lodge.
Bank is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Frank; sons Richard Bank and Kenneth Bank; and four grandchildren.