Beatrice Schuman, a longtime Connecticut bookseller who retired to the Washington area about two decades ago, died Oct. 17 at her home in the District. She was 92.
The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Susan Lutzker.
Beatrice Weinberg was born in Brooklyn. During World War II, she did volunteer work through the United Service Organizations. In 1946, she married Joseph I. Schuman. Shortly thereafter, the couple founded the Thames Book Co., a wholesale book business in New London, Conn., that specialized in children’s literature. Mrs. Schuman continued running the business after her husband’s death in 1979.
After moving to the District, she did volunteer work at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library and at the Washington Ballet.
Survivors include two children, Susan Lutzker of Washington and Carl Schuman, a Connecticut Superior Court judge, of West Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
— Emily Langer