L. Lee Bean Jr., 73, an Arlington lawyer for 42 years who was a former member of the Arlington County School Board and a past president of the Virginia and Arlington County bar associations, died Dec. 4 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Reston. As a member of the Arlington School Board from 1957 to 1961, Mr. Bean served in the difficult years when the school system was beginning the process of racial desegregation. A compromise candidate for the post who was generally considered a moderate, he came to play a central role in the dispute. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. the Board of Education, struck down school segregation. Virginia, like much of the South, resisted, and the General Assembly passed a group of laws embodying the notion of "massive resistance" to the Brown ruling. The heart of it was a provision saying that if a single segregated public school was desegregated by a single child, the entire local system would be closed. In 1957, the General Assembly also removed from Arlington its right -- unique in the state -- to elect its school board. The reason was that the lawmakers feared that the elected board, generally liberal in makeup, would comply with desegregation orders from federal courts. It directed that the Arlington School Board be chosen by the County Board. It was as a result of this law that Mr. Bean was appointed to the School Board. In 1958, U.S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Sr. ordered the Arlington schools to desegregate. The School Board thus was faced with the dilemma of complying with his order and having the schools closed by the state, or defying it and placing itself in contempt of court. Mr. Bean was one of three board members who voted to defy the court. The two other members voted to comply. Matters were eased somewhat when Bryan stayed execution of his order. Early in 1959, the General Assembly, led by Gov. J. Lindsey Almond, dismantled the "massive resistance" statutes to avoid widespread school closings in the state. The desegregation of Arlington's schools occurred peacefully. The School Board remained an appointed body. In 1961, Mr. Bean told a Washington Post reporter that he felt his role was that of "tempering" the rate of change and that the board's job was to "fight to keep the schools open until the General Assembly got wind of the fact that Virginia's schools just can't close down." Mr. Bean was a native of Fort Meade, Fla., and grew up in South Hill, Va. He was stricken with polio as a young man. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia law school. From 1941 until 1947, he worked in the solicitor's office at the Department of Agriculture. He then began a law practice in Arlington. At his death, he was a partner in the firm of Bean, Kinney, Korman & Moore. Mr. Bean was a former board chairman of the National Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital and president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He also had been a member of the Arlington County Board of Zoning Appeals and chancellor of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg. In 1985, he received an outstanding lifetime achievement award from the Arlington Bar Association. Survivors include his wife, Maxine Bean of Reston; a son, Lorenzo Lee Bean III of Sterling; two daughters, Rebecca Ann Clapp of San Francisco and Meredith Lee McMath of Hillsboro, Va.; two sisters, Virginia Hylton and Elizabeth Savels, both of South Hill; and a grandchild. ROBERT M. BRILL Car Dealership Manager Robert M. Brill, 69, a past president of the National Capital Used Car Dealers Association who retired in 1985 as used car manager for Tyson AMC, died Dec. 3 at the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital in Laurel after a heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring. Mr. Brill, who was born in Washington, was a 1938 graduate of Central High School. He graduated from Southeastern University, from which he also received a master's degree in business science. In 1946, he helped found and was a partner in Bell Motors, a Washington used car dealership. After that concern was dissolved in 1960, he was a manager with several area automotive dealerships before joining Tyson in the mid-1970s. For the past year, he had been a volunteer automotive mediator with the Montgomery County Consumer Affairs Office. He had served on the board of the Central High School Alumni Association. His hobbies included boating, travel and art collecting. Survivors include his wife, Elaine, of Silver Spring; two sons, Lawrence J., of Columbia, and Dr. Leon R., of Dallas; a brother, Leroy, of Wilmington, Del.; and four grandchildren. JANET L. FRIEDLANDER 1972 McLean High Graduate Janet Linn Friedlander, 34, who lived in the Washington area for 13 years before graduating from McLean High School in 1972 as class valedictorian, died of cancer Nov. 21 in Dallas. Miss Friedlander, a former McLean and Fairfax resident who was born in Binghamton, N.Y., moved here in 1959. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin College in 1981. A bassoonist, she had been with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1975. Survivors include her husband, James London of Dallas; her parents, Marion D. and A.T. Friedlander of New Bern, N.C.; two brothers, Thomas, of Michigan, and Timothy, of Baton Rouge, La.; and a grandmother, Pearl Friedlander of New Jersey.