Leon Schwab, 85, founder of the famed Sunset Boulevard...


January 06, 1996

Leon Schwab, 85, founder of the famed Sunset Boulevard pharmacy that was a meeting place for Hollywood stars, died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from surgery for a broken hip.

Charlie Chaplin would step behind the counter at the pharmacy to make his own sodas and Marilyn Monroe and Ronald Reagan were regulars. Mr. Schwab said Gloria Swanson bought her makeup from him, and her movie "Sunset Boulevard" featured scenes at the lunch counter. Schwab's closed in 1983 after 52 years.

Mr. Schwab and his three brothers began their pharmacy business in Los Angeles in the early 1930s.

Thomas G. Garth, 60, the recently retired president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Roswell, Ga.

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