Thomas Lewin

Thomas M. Lewin, 86, died Dec. 13, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Mr. Lewin was born in Berlin, Germany, and sent to England in 1939. At the end of World War II, he was reunited in Minneapolis with his father, who escaped Germany in 1940. Upon his father’s death, Mr. Lewin left his studies in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota to run the family business, Automatic Alarm, Inc., until it was ultimately acquired by 3M, where he continued to work until his retirement. He and his wife, Rhoda, spent several winters in Tucson. His travel in recent years to eastern Europe resulted in the creation of a scholarship for teens to learn more about the Holocaust in memory of his grandmother, Recha Lewin, who died in 1943 in a cattle car en route to a Nazi death camp.

Mr. Lewin was predeceased by his wife, Rhoda.

Survivors include his children, Ellen Lewin, Susan (James) Roth, Kate (Scott) Shamblott and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Lewin; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and special friend Eileen Weizenbaum.

Services were held in Minneapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 2323 Fremont Avenue So., Minneapolis, MN 55405 or Survivor Mitzvah Project at