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Geoffrey Fushi, 1943-2012
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Chicago Violin Dealer

John Geoffrey Fushi had a passion for violins, especially the oldest, rarest and most expensive, and spent his career selling fine instruments and making them available to promising young musicians.

Mr. Fushi, who went by Geoff or Geoffrey, was one of the founders of Bein & Fushi Inc., the Chicago dealer in rare and modern violins and other stringed instruments. The firm sold violins by renowned makers including Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu all over the world.

Geoff Fushi

"My father sold instruments to just about every top violinist you've ever heard of," said his daughter, Suzanne Fushi, naming such greats as Itzhak Perlman, Gidon Kremer and Joshua Bell.

He was also chairman of the Stradivari Society, which connects owners willing to lend their multimillion-dollar instruments to promising young musicians.

Mr. Fushi, 68, died of a heart attack Friday, April 13, in his Chicago home, according to his daughter. He had lived in Chicago for more than 25 years.

Mr. Fushi was born in North Carolina, where his father was............

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