Philadelphia Jeweler Myer Barr Dies

Myer Barr, who operated a chain of jewelry stores in the Philadelphia area for years, died Oct. 23 from complications from pneumonia at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 98.

He originally worked for his father who had established Associated Barr Stores in 1921. The pair also founded Jewelmaster Inc., which was sold to Zales in 1971.

Barr was also a founder and board member of the Diamond Council of America, wrote a law textbook, Studies in Social and Legal Theories, and co-authored Diamontology: A Text on the Mining, Sorting, Processing and Evaluation of Diamonds.

He was married to first wife Ann David Barr for 28 years until her death in 1968. He was married to second wife Diana Marcus Barr for 25 years before she died in 1996.

Barr is survived by two sons, Stephen and Jeffrey; four grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Ruth Kopelman.