Stanton L. Bien, 75, owned shoe store

October 18, 2002

Stanton L. Bien, former owner of a Baltimore shoe store and thoroughbred horse enthusiast, died from complications of an ulcer Oct. 11 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 75 and lived in Lutherville.

Mr. Bien was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1945, he served briefly in the Air Force until he was discharged after suffering injuries in an accident.

He was the owner of Levie's Shoes in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave., a business that had been established by his grandfather in 1900. He retired in 1992.

He had been an owner of thoroughbred racehorses, including Mid's Up All Girl, which set a track record in the first stakes race run at Timonium - the Majorette Handicap in 1975, which had so many entries it was split into two divisions.

Under jockey Tony Agnello, the horse ran the first division of the mile-and-a-sixteenth race in a wire-to-wire victory at 1:46 1/5. The record proved to be short-lived, however, as Mr. Agnello shaved off the fifth-second by riding a second horse, Sailingon, to victory in the second division of the race, at 1:46.

Mr. Bien was a parishioner of Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville, where he was a member of the church council.

In 1949, Mr. Bien married Betty L. Young, who died in 1998.

Services were held Monday.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne S. Bien of Lutherville and Keith W. Bien of Joppa; and two grandchildren.

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