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February 18, 1994 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-18

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board of directors of the Jew-
amuel Hechtman's con-
ish Federation of Metropolitan
tributions to the metro-
Detroit and being a major con-
politan Detroit building
tributor to the Allied Jewish
industry and many civic
Campaign, he was a past pres-
organizations were anything
ident of Jewish Federation
but modest. He was, however,
Apartments. His funding
a man of great humility.
spurred the creation of more
Mr. Hechtman, of West
than 200 senior-citizen apart-
Bloomfield Township, died of
ments on the Jewish Commu-
heart failure Feb. 15 while va-
nity Campus at Maple and
cationing in Florida. He was
88 and still active in
his Practical Invest-
ment Co.
His grandson, Geof-
frey Orley, described
him as a "strong, but
modest, quiet man
who was very thought-
ful. He had his ideas
and he stood behind
them, but he didn't
force them on others.
He was willing to lis-
"He was a loving
grandpa whose family
loved him dearly," said
another grandson,
Randall Orley. "He
also was always ready
to help those who were
unable to help them-
selves, and he was con-
cerned about
preserving Jewish life.
This is a great loss to
both his family and the
In 1938, Mr. Hecht-
man, an attorney who
graduated from the
Detroit College of Law,
helped form Practical
Home Builders, Inc.
He served as president Samuel Hechtman
and director until October 21, 1905 - February 15, 1994
1976. During that
Drake roads. Those apart-
time, the company built more
ments are named for him and
than 10,000 single-family
his wife of 64 years, Lillian.
homes and 4,000 apartments
throughout the Detroit area.
"Sam was a very generous
In addition, Mr. Hechtman
man who helped the Jewish
was involved in the planning
community in a variety of cre-
and construction of Adat
ative and important ways,"
Shalom Synagogue; the
said Bob Aronson, Federation
Maple-Drake Jewish Commu-
executive vice president. "In
nity Center; the Holocaust
many respects, he was ahead
Memorial Center; Jewish Fed-
of his time when it came to un-
eration Apartments; Bar-Ilan
derstanding the needs and ser-
University in Israel, where the
vices that vulnerable people in
Hechtman Heroes Road for
our community require."
disabled persons was built;
General Growth Properties
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah; Hillel
of Des Moines, Iowa, pur-
Day School; Henry Ford Hos-
chased Practical Home
pital; and Mt. Sinai Medical
Builders in 1973; Mr. Hecht-
Center of Miami, Fla.
man remained president until
Mr. Hechtman made a ma-
1976 when he established
jor contribution to Sinai Hos-
Practical Investment Co.
pital of Detroit for the
Mr. Hechtman served as
purchase of an outpatient fa-
president of the Builders As-
cility-health care services cen-
sociation of Metropolitan De-
ter in Bingham Farms.
troit (now Southeastern
As well as serving on the


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