Walter M. Faust, 76; Was A Longtime Photographer

Posted: December 11, 1996

Walter M. Faust, 76, a professional photographer for more than 50 years, died Saturday at his home in Lansdowne.

Mr. Faust had owned and operated Walter M. Faust Photographers in Lansdowne since 1970 and in Southwest Philadelphia since founding the business there in 1944. His clients included department stores, travel agencies, auto manufacturers and restaurant chains.

The business began by chance, Mr. Faust said in an interview in 1994.

A month after his discharge from the Army in 1944, he said, he photographed the Wanamaker Rose Show, of which his father was chairman. John Rouse, who was president of John Wanamaker Co. at the time, saw the pictures and offered him a contract.

He later worked for Strawbridge & Clothier, Bonwit Teller, Kmart, Rosenbluth Travel, McDonald's, General Motors and the Philadelphia International Airport.

Mr. Faust, who was born and reared in Philadelphia, graduated from Overbrook High School and attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He began his career as a news photographer for the Associated Press.

While in the Army during World War II, he was assigned to the Office of War Information at the Pentagon.

In the late 1950s, he also worked for two years as photographic coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Faust was a Mason and a member of Lansdowne United Methodist Church. He was a former president of the Guild of Professional Photographers and a member of the Professional Photographers of America. He was also a former president and program chairman of the City Business Club in Philadelphia and active with Lions International and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association.

He was a 50-year member of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award for work with handicapped boys at Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Blanche E. Riddle Faust; two children, Walter M. Jr. and Judith Lynn; three sisters; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight and after 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Roads, Broomall. A service will be held there at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Administration, 8400 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19152.

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