ARTHUR SOLMSSEN (1928 - 2018)

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Arthur R.G. Solmssen, 1928 - 2018, the Philadelphia lawyer and novelist, died at his home in Bryn Mawr on April 23, 2018. He was 89. Solmssen was born in New York and grew up on the Philadelphia Main Line. He graduated from Harvard College and the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, after serving in the United States post-war occupation forces in Germany. Directly after graduating from law school he joined Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul, one of Philadelphia's pre- eminent law firms. Solmssen's novels, Rittenhouse Square, The Comfort Letter, Alexander's Feast, Takeover Time, and A Princess in Berlin were all published by Little, Brown & Co. A Princess in Berlin, which won the Athenaeum Literary Award in 1980 has been translated into many languages and is used as a reference in European history courses. Translated and published separately in East and West Germany as Berliner Reigen the novel remains very popular in Germany, and was recently re-issued as an e-book by S. Fischer Verlag. Solmssen is survived by his wife, Marsha Moffat York Solmssen of Bryn Mawr, his sons, Peter Y. Solmssen, Arthur R.G. Solmssen, Jr. and Kurt A. Solmssen, eight grandchildren and one great-grand- daughter. Memorial services were private.

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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 29, 2018
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