Robert Bricken

He and his brother ran an ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness and also owned Stone­henge, a Charles Street re­tail store

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES WORLD - By Jac­ques Kelly jac­ques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Robert Bricken, who co-owned a men’s and women’s ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing firm and once had a re­tail store in Mount Ver­non, died of brain can­cer Nov. 13 at his Glyn­don home. He was 77.

Born in Bal­ti­more and raised on Cal­loway Av­enue in Forest Park, he was the son of Mor­ris Bricken, a cloth­ing man­u­fac­turer, and Ber­nice Sil­ver­berg. He at­tended City Col­lege and grad­u­ated from the Hun School in Prince­ton, N.J. He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Rollins Col­lege and then served in the Army Re­serves.

Mr. Bricken joined the fam­ily busi­ness, the Dan-Mar Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co., which made men’s dress trousers in a plant in Manch­ester. He, his fa­ther and brother added a sec­ond plant in Al­len­town, Pa.

“We made and sold a ba­sic line of high-end dress trousers for Paul Stu­art, Nie­man’s, Saks, Nord­strom and Louie’s of Bos­ton and many more stores. We prob­a­bly had 1,000 ac­counts,” said his brother, Barry Bricken of Spring Lake, N.J. “We com­peted with Zanella and the Euro­pean men’s dress pant lines. We were of equal qual­ity to them.”

Af­ter their fa­ther re­tired, the two broth­ers di­vided re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Robert Bricken ran the busi­ness from an of­fice in Owings Mills.

Barry Bricken was the de­signer who ex­panded the op­er­a­tion to in­clude women’s cloth­ing in ad­di­tion to the line of men’s dress pants called Trousers by Barry.

In 1969, he and his brother de­cided to open a men’s re­tail store, Stone­henge Ltd., at 817 N. Charles St. in Mount Ver­non.

“My brother came up with the name. He had been to Stone­henge in Eng­land, and we were sell­ing Polo, Bri­oni and Sus­sex and Trousers by Barry and other lines with an Eng­lish-type look,” said Barry Bricken. “It was a beau­ti­ful store.”

Af­ter a decade, the broth­ers de­cided to close the store and con­cen­trate on their ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing, which ex­panded widely in the 1970s and 1980s.

The broth­ers later moved their man­u­fac­tur­ing to Tampa, Fla., and fo­cused on a line of women’s ap­parel called Barry Bricken. The firm re­mains in fam­ily own­er­ship as Dan-Mar Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Inc.

Mr. Bricken en­joyed skiing and made nu­mer­ous trips to Vail, Colo. He also en­joyed scuba div­ing in the Cay­man Is­lands.

“He was a fab­u­lous, grace­ful and fear­less skier,” said John Beck­ley, an at­tor­ney and friend who lives in Up­perco. “He would fly down the tough­est runs with his kids or a few of his in­trepid friends try­ing to keep up. He was a good scuba diver, an OK golfer and con­stant pho­tog­ra­pher.”

He said Mr. Bricken was a na­ture lover who cre­ated a rooftop, glass-en­closed rain forest at his house. He kept tree frogs, tur­tles, lizards and koi.

He also took up rid­ing and fox hunt­ing. He joined the Green Spring Val­ley Hunt Club. He told his friends, “The club was hard to sur­vive in, not to get in.” He hunted in north­ern Bal­ti­more County

“Rid­ing be­came his pas­sion,” said his wife, Holly Catzen. “He hunted and jumped. He had good horses, and that en­abled him to pick up the sport at a late age. He had a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship. He took good care of his horses and they took good care of him. His fa­vorite was a palomino named Whinny.” As Mr. Bricken trav­eled for busi­ness and plea­sure, he of­ten shopped for his ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of lead sol­diers and other fig­ures. He also bought un­usual men’s belt buck­les. Ser­vices were pri­vate. In ad­di­tion to his brother and wife of 21 years, a for­mer W.B. Doner ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive, sur­vivors in­clude a son, Ti­mothy Bricken of Ch­ester­town; two daugh­ters: Karen Bricken and Jaimie Scheibler, both of Boulder, Colo; and two grand­sons. His mar­riage to Natalie Myer­berg ended in di­vorce. Robert Bricken took up rid­ing, jump­ing and fox hunt­ing later in his life.

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