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Donald G. Bachman Sr., Ann Arbor's I postmaster for the past 10 years, died of a heart attack this morning en route to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. According to Richard Schneeberger, I assistant postmaster, Bachman, 57, was I in Schneeberger's office at the Main I Post Office on Stadium Blvd. about 9:15 I a.m. when Bachman suffered an apparI ent heart attack. r "Ve were talking about the out-going I mail and a meeting we had planned this lafternoon when he started gasping for Ibreath and slumped over," Schneeberger Isaid. Schneeberger, who called pólice tand the fire department's rescue squad I praised them for the quickness of their I response. "They were magnificent," he I said. , „ , Although fíremen gave Bachman first nv airl, he failed to respond and was dead on arrival at the hospital. Schneeberger said of Bachman, "He was a magnificent friend. He taught me so much and was always patiënt. He was a 100 per cent working postmaster and a god administrator. He did a great job. He'll be sorely missed by his postal workers." Schneeberger, 46, has assumed charge of the Ann Arbor Post Office as its ranking official. He will serve in this capacity until the postmaster general in Washington, D. C, appoints a new postmaster, probably within a couple of weeks. Bachman was formerly director of veterans affsirs for Washtenaw County, prior to being appointed acting postmaster in July, 1961. He was named permanent postmaster in June, 1963. A native of Chesterfield, Ohio, he graduated from elementary and high ■ school in Hudson, Mich. and later attended the Detroit Institute of Technology. From 1941-43, he served in the Army Áir Forcé and joined the Veterans Admimstration after his discharge. He headed the University of Michigan couns e 1 i n g service from 1947-49 and in December, 1949, was appointed county veterans affairs director. Bachman was a former commander of the Erwin Prieskorn American Legión Post No. 46, president of the Washtenaw County chapter No. 13 of the Disabled American Veterans and was a member of the Ann Arbor Masonic Lodge. He lived at 04 Dexter Rd. Survivors include his wife, Violet and two sons. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. 9E3H