Leonard Kolsky Obituary

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Leonard Sheldon Kolsky

September 6, 1929 - May 7, 2014
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Leonard Sheldon Kolsky was born on September 6, 1929, in Lawrence, Massachusetts (Essex County) to Mitchell and Esther Kolsky (née Kimmel). Len was an only child, who developed an early and enduring penchant for food, cars, and sports. His love for baseball in general, and the Yankees (and, later, the Nats) in particular, was eclipsed only by his enthusiasm for the NFL and its fantasy football pools. He was easy to find on fall Sunday afternoons, often flipping among multiple games, while noodling over the Quote Acrostic in the NYT Sunday Magazine. In fact, the other three seasons found him in much the same position; whatever...
Leonard Sheldon Kolsky was born on September 6, 1929, in Lawrence, Massachusetts (Essex County) to Mitchell and Esther Kolsky (née Kimmel). Len was an only child, who developed an early and enduring penchant for food, cars, and sports. His love for baseball in general, and the Yankees (and, later, the Nats) in particular, was eclipsed only by his enthusiasm for the NFL and its fantasy football pools. He was easy to find on fall Sunday afternoons, often flipping among multiple games, while noodling over the Quote Acrostic in the NYT Sunday Magazine. In fact, the other three seasons found him in much the same position; whatever was on - he was watching.

An avid golfer for most of his life, Len played in pairs and foursomes for years while a member, first, of Argyle, and then of Norbeck Country Clubs in Maryland. He was a Redskins season ticket holder for 50 years, and particularly enjoyed attending games at RFK before FedEx Field and the era of Danny-dictated parking restrictions.

Len passed his love of food on to his daughters, who learned the important lessons early: order too many items so that everyone can try more things; a long drive for the right egg rolls, a crunchy cinnamon stick or the all too elusive, meat-filled knish is always worth it; and most important, share evenly and equally. His influence is also suspected in their continued loyalty to the Yankees.

Len attended preparatory school at Phillips (Andover) Academy. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Amherst College, followed by an LLB from Boston University Law School and an LLM from Georgetown Law School. His early career was spent at the FCC, where he wrote many enduring marine radio rules. By far, the bulk of his career was spent with Motorola, Inc., from which he retired in 1998, after 34 years. While at Motorola, he directed regulatory activities both in the U.S. and internationally, and was pleased to use his strategic skills as a lobbyist for government regulations that advanced Motorola's interests rather than as a "real" lawyer. He was instrumental in the creation of the wireless (then cellular) industry that experts estimated might support as many as one million users by 2000 and that now claims 6.8 billion subscribers. In the course of his career, he traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia. He served as a U.S. delegate at World Advisory Radio Conferences. After his retirement from Motorola, he was Of Counsel to Steptoe & Johnson LLP and concluded his career as Of Counsel to Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP.

Len is survived by Liz Sachs, his beloved wife of 25 years, as well as two adoring daughters, Meredith (Kent) Lewis and Reese (Rob) Rowe, from his first marriage to Michele Gordon Kolsky, and two grandchildren, Owen and Claudia Lewis. His sparkling blue eyes, his acerbic wit and his zest for life, pleasure, and connecting with people will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:Women's Microfinance Initiative http://www.wmionline.org or Crittenton Services of Greater Washington http://www.crittentonservices.org. - Arrangements under the direction of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington, DC.

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