The Magnes is saddened to report the passing of Leo Helzel at age 101. Leo led an exemplary life as entrepreneur, attorney, author, educator, philanthropist, community leader, family man, and more. He was an inspiration to all of us. A fuller depiction of Leo’s life can be found here.
The Magnes was always close to Leo’s heart. He and his wife, Florence, supported The Magnes in many ways, both as a private museum on Russell Street in Berkeley and as a Collection within UC Berkeley. We are honored to inform you that the Helzel family has requested that contributions in memory of Leo be made to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.