Gerald R. Kainz, German-language editor

January 9

Gerald R. Kainz, the editor, publisher and president of the German-language weekly newspaper Washington Journal, died Dec. 23 at home in Indialantic, Fla. He was 83.

The cause was congestive heart failure and kidney failure, said his son Robert G. Kainz.

Mr. Kainz retired in 2000 after 33 years at the Washington Journal, which had been published in the city since 1859.

Gerald Rudolph Kainz was born in Graz, Austria. He emigrated to Canada in 1951 and was a print and television journalist in Ontario before moving to Washington in 1961.

In Washington he was a journalist for German-language newspapers based in Canada. He also produced German-language television documentaries and worked part time for the U.S. Information Agency. He interviewed U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush.

He was active in German-American organizations and in 1997 was named German-American of the Year by the United German-American Committee of the USA Inc.

In 1990 he became a U.S. citizen. A former resident of Vienna, Va., he moved to Florida in retirement.

Survivors include his wife since 1970, Irma Hruschka Kainz of Indialantic; three children, Robert G. Kainz of Cary, N.C., Thomas M. Kainz of Haymarket, Va., and Karen LoDico of Voorhees, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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