Philip Pear, 85, a tax lawyer and an accountant in the Washington area for
four decades, died of pneumonia May 31, 2005 at Suburban Hospital in
Mr. Pear was a member of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority
from 1961 to 1967 and a member of Maryland's State Board of Higher
Education from 1971 to 1988, during which he led efforts to increase state
aid to colleges and universities. He also helped establish the Center for
Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
Mr. Pear was born in Washington, graduated from Central High School
and received bachelor's and law degrees from George Washington
During World War II, he served stateside in the Navy. He practiced law in a
small firm and as a sole practitioner. He was a founder of State National
Bank in Bethesda.
Mr. Pear enjoyed art, travel, theater and music.
His wife of 38 years, Marion Kopel Pear, died in 1983.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Muriel Miller Pear of Bethesda; two
sons from his first marriage, Douglas Pear of Baltimore and Robert Pear of
Bethesda; a brother, Leon Pear of San Diego; a sister, Vivian Pear Barnett
of Rockville; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.