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Pearl B. Benstock, an artist who designed theater sets, died Friday (Sept. 17, 1999) in her Buffalo home. She was 83.

Mrs. Benstock lived most of her life in Buffalo. She moved to Sarasota, Fla., in the 1970s and returned to Buffalo in 1994.

She attended local schools and then went to Beaver College in Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.

In her 40s, she took courses at the University of Buffalo and the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Mrs. Benstock painted in oils and pastels, specializing in portraits. She also designed sets for the former Studio Theater in Buffalo.

While living in Sarasota, she became an avid tennis player.

She was the former wife of Melvin Benstock, whom she wed in 1940. He died in 1996.

She is survived by a son, Richard of Buffalo, and a daughter, Marcy of Manhattan.


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