Donald O. Baumann, 78, Early American Furniture Specialist

MALVERN, PENN. — Donald O. Baumann, 78, died January 12. Son of the late Mae Emma (nee Capuret) and Otto Faustin Baumann, 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.

Don was born in Abington Township, Montgomery County, and grew up in Meadowbrook, Penn. He graduated from William Penn Charter School, Class of 1953, and attended University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

He served in the Army National Guard from September 1957 to June 1963 with honorable discharge and a rank of staff sergeant. He was also awarded as a rifle sharpshooter.

He was the co-founder of Quaker Pump Company in Lansdale, Penn., 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.

In addition to his businesses, Don was an avid Porsche enthusiast, who both raced and taught high performance driving with the Porsche club of America for more than 15 years. He also enjoyed vintage racing with the SVRA for many years.

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 are 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 of Philadelphia and Sarah Elizabeth Baumann of Los Angeles.

Don is also survived by his grandchildren Emma Faustin Maclean and Richard Thomas Maclean Jr, brother-in-law Joseph H. Van Tassel III, father of Jesse Van Tassel and Rachel Van Tassel, and sister- in-law Gretchen Van Tassel McCloskey, mother of Gwendolyn McCloskey, both of Glen Mills. Another person very special to Don and Ruth is Heather Lentz, Jesse Van Tassel’s mother, also of Glen Mills.

A memorial service will take place February 16 from 10 am to 10:45 am at the Meeting on the Campus at the William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, with a reception to follow at the nearby Timmons House 11-12.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19123; the William Penn Charter School for the Scholarship Program 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia PA 19144 or the Leukemia Society Donor Services, PO Box 4072 Pittsfield MA 01202.


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