Morton R. Bearman

Morton R. Bearman, died June 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born June 11, 1922 at St. Louis Maternity Hospital, he was the third son of Harry and Helen (Gross) Bearman. Morton Bearman attended the St .Louis public schools, graduating from William Stix grade school in 1935, and from Soldan High School in 1939 at the age of sixteen. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in 1943. From 1943-1946, he was in the Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery, attaining the rank of 1st Lt., and serving as Aide to Gen. James G. Devine, CG of the 4th AA Command. In 1947, he graduated from the Washington University School of Law, and was licensed to practice in the Missouri and Federal Courts. In 1952, he completed the requirements and was designated a Chartered Life Underwriter. In his work as an estate planner, he became a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table of the National Association of Life Underwriters. In 1972, after the passage of the U.S. Environmental Protection Act, he returned to the practice of law as one of the area’s first environmental attorneys. He also focused on real estate law, and in 1981 formed Real Property Associates, a real estate brokerage firm. As president of Real Property Associates, Bearman formed a relationship with Enterprise Rent A Car where his firm managed many of the relocation transactions for Enterprise employees. Bearman’s community service included appointments as a Commissioner of the Bi-State Developmental Agency (now Metro) from former Governors Phil Donnelly, James T. Blair and Warren Hearnes, serving from 1956-1973. He was a member of the St. Louis County Insurance Commission from 1976-1985. He also served as a Commissioner of the Central West End Business District South from 1987-2004, and as Chairman from 1990-2004. He was also appointed Commissioner to the U.S. Territorial Expansion Commission. Bearman was active in Democratic politics. In 1952, 1958, 1964 and 1970, he was secretary of the Citizen’s Committee for Stuart Symington for the U.S. Senate. In 1968 and 1970 he was Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee for Jim Symington for U.S. Congress. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. In 1970, he organized and chaired The Tribute to Clark Clifford Dinner in conjunction with Sen. Stuart Symington’s Re-election campaign. Bearman served on the Board of John Burroughs School, and as Treasurer from 1973-1975. He was a director of Clayton Bank from 19621979. He served on the Board of Mark Twain Banks, and was Chairman of Mark Twain Bank Frontenac from 1983-1999. From 1999-2001, he was Chairman of the Private Banking Board of Mercantile Bank. He was a member of the Board of Trailnet Inc., an organization responsible for design, construction and maintenance of biking and walking trails throughout the Metro area. In recent years he volunteered at the Forest Park Visitor Center. He was on the Board of Governors of Westwood Country Club, where he was a member for 66 years, serving as Secretary from 1998-2004. He served on the Board and was Finance Chairman of the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis from 1996-2005. Morton Bearman was married on May 22, 1948 to the former Mary Fuller, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his children Mary Bearman Rusk (Ladd), Morton R. Bearman II (Marcia), and Lee Fuller Bearman (Julie); his grandchildren Sarah Rusk, Caroline Rusk Griffin, Daniel McDonald Rusk IV, Morton R. Bearman III, Katherine Baxter Bearman, Alexandra Stadin Bearman, and Lee Fuller Bearman II; his great- grandchild Lilianna Weeks Armbruster. There was a private burial. If desired, contributions may be made to Forest Park Forever or The Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Econony and Government at Washington University. Rindskopf-Roth