H. Leonard Fruchter, 85, Kitchen Supplier, Teacher


H. Leonard Fruchter, 85, a wholesale kitchen supplier and former teacher, died June 11 in his home at the shore. He was a resident of Penn Valley and Margate, N.J.

Fruchter was the last of the Fruchter family of four brothers and a sister who, with their father, formed Adolph Fruchter and Sons, a wholesale kitchen firm supplying many of the home and apartment-house builders who expanded the borders of Philadelphia after World War II.

Before the kitchen business and Army service, Fruchter taught mathematics and physics at Cornell University, and later taught chemistry and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central High School and Penn State University, and did graduate work at Cornell.

His interest in architecture, which led to his donation of Louis Kahn's plans for the Fruchter House to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Contemporary Art and a model of a destination hotel by the architect Charles Moore, was expressed in his real estate development activities in the 1980s.

He assembled a real estate package of properties that ran from Arch Street to JFK Boulevard and from 20th Street to 30th Street Station. I.M. Pei was the architect chosen to design the first buildings to be constructed on these properties.

An avid tennis and squash player, he continued to play right up until his illness.

Fruchter, a longtime member of Beth El Synagogue in Margate, is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Barbara Weinsweig; daughters Isla Fruchter and Adine Duron; son Danny Fruchter; and seven grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402.


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