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By The Washington Post
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Thomas Beddall, a lawyer who for 31 years was the in-house counsel, personal adviser, principal administrative assistant and gatekeeper for philanthropist Paul Mellon, died Sept. 3 in his home in Paris, Va. He was 91.

The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of anemia, said his daughter Katherine Beddall.

For three decades, Thomas Beddall helped Mellon, one of the leading philanthropists of the 20th century, on projects such as construction of the West Wing of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., where the collections of Paul and Bunny Mellon are housed.

Thomas Henry Beddall was born April 24, 1922, in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. He served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Catherine Christine Larmore of Paris, Va.; four children; and five grandchildren.

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