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Donald O. Baumann

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Donald O. Baumann of Malvern Donald O. Baumann, 78, of Malvern and a long time resident of Wayne, died on Jan. 12, 2014. Son of the late Mae Emma (nee Capuret) and Otto Faustin Baumann, Don was born in Abington Twp., Montgomery County and grew up in Meadowbrook, Pa. He graduated from William Penn Charter School, class of 1953 and attended University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Don was passionate about early mid Atlantic American furniture and schoolgirl needlework. Many items from his inventory over the years are now in collections of several important museums. In addition to his businesses, Don was an avid Porche enthusiast who both raced and taught high performance driving with the Porche Club of America for over 15 years. He also enjoyed vintage racing with the SVRA for many years. He was the co founder of Quaker Pump Company in Lansdale, until he sold it and turned to retail antiques sales full time as co owner of Van Tassel-Baumann American Antiques with his wife Ruth. He served in the Army National Guard from Sept. 1957 to June 1963 with honorable discharge and a rank of Staff Sergeant. He was also awarded as a rifle sharpshooter. Don is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ruth J. Van Tassel Baumann. Don's two ex-wives, who showed particular grace and kindness to Ruth during his illness, were Judy Schroeder of Bryn Mawr, mother of Hillary Baumann Maclean of Charlotte, N.C. and Lynne Baumann of Paoli, mother of Donald Otto Baumann, Jr., M.D. of Philadelphia and Sarah Elizabeth Baumann of Los Angeles, Calif. Don is also survived by his grandchildren, Emma Faustin Maclean and Richard Thomas Maclean, Jr.; a brother-in- law, Joseph H. Van Tassel III, father of Jesse Van Tassel and Rachel Van Tassel, and sister-in-law, Gretchen Van Tassel Mc Closkey, mother of Gwendolyn Mc Closkey, both of Glen Mills. Another person very special to Don and Ruth is Heather Lentz, Jesse Van Tassel's mother, also of Glen Mills. His memorial service will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16th, at the Meeting on the Campus at the William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144, with a reception to follow at the nearby Timmons House 11 a.m to 12 noon. Contributions in his memory to the Salvation Army, 701 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19123, the William Penn Charter School for the Scholarship Program 3000 W. School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144, or the Leukemia Society Donor Services P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA 01202, would be appreciated. ww.danjolell.com
Published in The Daily Local on Jan. 30, 2014
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