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Philip Filner, molecular biologist
Philip Filner, molecular biologist

Philip Filner, a retired molecular biologist and community activist who helped preserve a wooded and wetland tract in Owings Mills, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6 at his Lutherville home. He was 75. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Samuel Filner, an artist and illustrator, and Lily Cohen Filner, a homemaker. He was raised in Queens, N.Y., and was a 1956 graduate of Stuyvesant High School. As a young man, he delivered meats for a kosher butcher and worked as a city parks recreation worker and a darkroom assistant for a photographer. He earned a biophysics degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He...