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Albert W. Schiffrin, 92, Attorney, Volunteer and Synagogue Founder

September 17, 2009
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Albert W. Schiffrin, 92, a prominent attorney and a 54-year resident of Lower Merion, died Aug. 29 at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne.

Schiffrin was very active in his community, serving in leadership positions with the Bala Cynwyd Neighborhood Club, and the Bala Cynwyd Library and Fire Associations. He was also the president of the Home & School Association, chairman of the board of the Ardmore Redevelopment Corporation and president of the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission.

In 1965, along with his wife of 61 years, Beverly C. Schiffrin, he co-founded the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund.

In 1975, the attorney, who sported his signature bowler hat in the winter and a skimmer in the summer, made the cover of Philadelphia Magazine as one of the "10 sexist men in Philadelphia."

Schiffrin was active in the Jewish community as well, and was a longtime Federation volunteer, particularly with the Lawyers Division. In 1984, he and his wife were honored by State of Israel Bonds at Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, where they were founding members.

Professionally, he specialized in the areas of tax and estate planning as a partner in the law firm of Meltzer & Schiffrin, and later as counsel to the firm of Pelino & Lentz. He was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association for more than 60 years.

A 1939 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1942 graduate of Harvard Law School, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and held the rank of captain upon his discharge.

He was an avid collector of rare books, an art lover and a gardener.

In addition to his wife, Schiffrin is survived by daughter Susan Schiffrin; sons Peter Schiffrin and Richard Schiffrin; sister Muriel Steinberg; and five grandsons. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Strauss.

Memorial contributions can be sent to: the Albert and Beverly Schiffrin Award of the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 346, Ardmore, PA 19003.

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