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Charles L. Leavitt
(1919-2004)

Charles Ludwig "Chuck" Leavitt (originally Levitt), Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 11, 1919, the son of Minnie and Charles Leavitt, Sr., a life insurance agent. He graduated from West High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He married Helen Dorothy Hirsh, and served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during World War II. After the war he was president of United Electric Corporation (Lax Electric) until his retirement in 1981. He was president of Hillcrest Country Club from 1960-1961, served on the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Country Club and the Science Museum of Minnesota, and was a member of the Masonic Order, Osman Temple and Rotary International.

Chuck had a long-time interest in minerals and a beautiful collection, part of which he kept in his high-rise apartment in Minneapolis, and part in his Paradise Valley, Arizona home. He purchased the Bitner's mineral shop and lapidary business in Phoenix, and kept it open with the help of various employee managers. He later sold the company to Mike New of Tucson, the current owner, though the business appears to have closed.

He died in Paradise Valley, Arizona on December 4, 2004.

References:
U.S. Federal Census, 1920, 1930.
Published obituary.
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