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Fahnya Schorr Bean, 94, in Field of Advertising

March 20, 2013
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Fahnya Schorr Bean

Fahnya Schorr Bean, 94, active in the field of advertising, died Feb. 15. 

She was born in Philadelphia to May Broude Schorr and George J. Schorr, an attorney and one of the founding members of the firm Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen. She was delivered in her parents’ home because hospital maternity wards were closed at the time — 1918 — due to the raging influenza epidemic that year. She was the oldest of the four Schorr girls.

She attended schools in Cheltenham Township, and was graduated from Ashley Hall preparatory school in Charles­ton, S.C., in 1936. In 1940, she received a B.A. from Smith College and then worked for the advertising firm of Al Paul Lefton.

During World War II, she served in the Interceptor Command in Philadelphia. In the fall of 1942, she married Donald Bean, then an officer in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he joined her father’s law firm and soon became a partner. The Beans were married for 70 years.

She was an active member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a docent at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a longtime editor of the Germantown Friends School alumni magazine and a volunteer instructor at the school.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Henry, George and Donald (“Skip”); two sisters, Mary Jane Bension and Sue Westwater; and seven grandchildren.

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