By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
12:57 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
Julian Samuel Stein Jr., a retired public relations executive who was an adviser to Gov. J. Millard Tawes, died June 22 of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 93.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Stein was the son of a partner in the investment banking firm of Stein Bros. & Boyce and a homemaker. He spent his early years in Windsor Hills and later moved with his family to Rose Hill, a 65-acre farm in Pikesville.
Mr. Stein was a 1937 graduate of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 from Harvard University.
In a family memoir, "You Never Know Where You're Going To Have A Good Time," Mr. Stein recalled when his father's cousin, writer Gertrude Stein, and her companion, Alice B. Toklas, came to Baltimore for a Christmas visit in 1934.
"They spent a week or with us over the Christmas holidays. Gertrude and my father were first cousins and she was extremely fond of him, calling him her 'favorite cousin,'" he wrote.
"The family saw her regularly on trips to France, and she and my mother corresponded from 1912 until Gertrude's death in 1946. Gertrude had a wonderful sense of humor and was fun to have around. My mother put some comic books in her stocking which were a 'new literary genre' to her and which she loved," recalled Mr. Stein.
"Elly [Mr. Stein's older sister] acted as Gertrude's chauffeur and took her, among other places, to visit Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on Bolton Street. By then neither was in very good shape," he wrote.
At the time, Mr. Stein had flunked the test for his driver's license when he failed to signal with his hand after pulling away from a parking lot.
"About that time the Baltimore Sun came out to do a story on Gertrude and she insisted that I be in the picture with her," he wrote. "In due course the picture appeared in the New York Herald Tribune and back at Hotchkiss, I received the clipping annotated by Gertrude, 'Next time he will put out his hand, yes he will.'"
Mr. Stein was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served at the Pentagon during the war with the Orientation Branch of the Information and Education Division. He attained the rank of captain and was discharged in 1945.
In 1946, he went to work in Washington as assistant publicity director for the Democratic National Committee, and was a member of the staff of Editorial Research Reports.
From 1949 to 1952, Mr. Stein served as an information officer in Paris for the Marshall Plan, which aided in the postwar recovery of Europe.
Mr. Stein returned to Washington in 1952 and worked for a year as a salesman for his father's firm in Baltimore before establishing Julian Stein Public Relations in Washington the next year.
For the next 40 years, his clients included corporate, nonprofit and government organizations, some of which were Gulf Oil, Boise Cascade, Sperry & Hutchinson, North American Rockwell, Howard University and Howard County General Hospital.
He also was particularly active in the health and energy sectors and Maryland business and government.
In addition to his own PR firm, Mr. Stein also served as an adviser to Gov. J. Millard Tawes in the 1960s and 1970s.
After Governor Tawes was elected in 1958, he instructed Mr. Stein to establish the state Department of Economic Development. He remained a consultant to the department for many years.
He also played a significant role in the Appalachian Governors Conference, and developed concepts for the Assateague National Seashore, Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting and the Maryland Partners Alliance.
Mr. Stein was a member of the commission that established and operated the Maryland Pavilion at the 1965 New York World's Fair. He was appointed to the Commission for the Modernization of the Executive Branch of the Maryland Government in 1967, and also served as a member of the Maryland Constitutional Convention.
He retired in the late 1980s.
Mr. Stein and his second wife, the former Emory B. Phillips, whom he married in 1961, lived for 42 years at Clewerwall Farm in Potomac. In 1988, they purchased a more than 100-year-old farm house and moved to Union Bridge.
"We really had no idea where Union Bridge was in relation to Washington, Baltimore, or the rest of the State of Maryland," wrote Mr. Stein.
"Later on, when people asked, I was able to describe Union Bridge quite accurately. I said it was a town where they still had 'colored people' and you couldn't buy tennis balls," he wrote. "In fact, shortly after we moved to Union Bridge our horses got out. [Mr. Stein's daughter] Phoebe received a call from somebody saying they had seen our horses up 'by the colored church.' 'What color is it?' asked Phoebe."
Mr. Stein became active in the civic life of Union Bridge and founded Residents for a Healthier Union Bridge Area after Lehigh-Portland Cement Co. threatened to burn hazardous waste in its kilns.
The organization's efforts led to Lehigh-Portland being denied a permit by the state Department of the Environment to carry out its proposal.
Mrs. Stein died in 2002.
For the last eight years, Mr. Stein lived in the city's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood and volunteered with Baltimore Experience Corps, which tutors city elementary public school students.
A world traveler, Mr. Stein also enjoyed spending summers at Kemankeag, an enclave on Rangeley Lake, Maine, that had been in his family for more than 90 years.
Plans for a memorial service to be held in Baltimore in October are incomplete.
Surviving are two sons, Jonathan Stein of Park City, Utah, and Nicholas Stein of Los Angeles; four daughters, Sara Stein of Roland Park, Phoebe Stein of Homeland, Denny Stein of Fremont, Calif., and Kate Stein of London; two stepdaughters, Diana Schwab of Pittsburgh and Katry Schwab of Gloucester, Mass.; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson; and his companion of seven years, Elizabeth Sheehan. An earlier marriage to the former Lucy Morehead ended in divorce.
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