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Baruch Bricklin, 84, Owner of Center City Printing Business

March 18, 2010
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Baruch Bricklin, 84, who operated a commercial printing business for many years, died March 2 in Roslindale, Mass., after an extended illness. He was a resident of Philadelphia until 2002.

Bricklin was a graduate of both Central High School (178th class), where he was president of the Debate Society, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Bricklin was awarded the very first Bachelor of Hebrew Literature given by Gratz College in 1952, and served as president of its alumni association. He later received the 1957 Award of the Alumni Association of Gratz College.

Bricklin served as a vice president of the Solomon Schechter Day School, now the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School.

He was also an active member of Germantown Jewish Centre. Bricklin was well-known to the congregation as the one who blew the shofar during the High Holidays for more than 20 years.

He operated the Bricklin Press printing business in Center City -- first with his father, Simon Bricklin, and then by himself, through 1978. He then ran Bricklin Graphics through 1990, when he sustained a severe brain injury in a car accident on Lincoln Drive.

In addition to doing normal commercial printing, he oversaw the custom design and printing of invitations to weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of numerous Philadelphia-area residents.

He also specialized in the local printing of documents in the Hebrew language.

Bricklin is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Galter; daughter Sarah Greenblatt; sons Daniel Bricklin and Jonathan Bricklin; sisters Vivian Levin, Debbie Zeff and Hannah Albalak; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Hinda Gross.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, 333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459, or log on to: JGateways.org.

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