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Samuel F. Schwag, 95, Attorney and Longtime Community Leader

May 8, 2008
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Samuel F. Schwag

Samuel F. Schwag, 95, an attorney and community leader, died April 4 at his home in Gladwyne.

Schwag was president of his graduating class at Central High School. He was awarded a scholarship to Temple University, where he was elected president of the Jewish Student Association, served on the student government commission, was associate editor of the Temple Handbook and was voted "Big Man on Campus."

He was also awarded a scholarship to Temple Law School, where he served as president of his fraternity chapter and associate editor of the Temple Law Quarterly.

Schwag was president of the Haverford Township Junior High School PTA and the Haverford Township Adult School Board. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Delaware and Montgomery County Community College.

Active in the Jewish community, Schwag was president of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood and the Jewish Community Council of the Main Line. He was a member of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council, honorary president of the Pennsylvania Lodge and Grand Master of Brith Abraham, a national fraternal organization.

He was also the recipient of many awards.

Schwag is survived by daughters Sandra MacLaren, Bonnie Devine, Stephanie DiCiurcio and Margot Schwag; son Fredrick Schwag; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife, Miriam Schwag.

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