Tuesday, May 1, 2007

June Isaminger OlsonArtist

June Isaminger Olson, 82, an artist who was a founder of a cooperative art gallery in Washington, died April 3 of pulmonary fibrosis at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. She lived in Chester, Nova Scotia.

Mrs. Olson was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and came to Washington with her family in 1939. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1942 and later studied at the Abbott Art School and the Corcoran School of Art.

She was a medical illustrator with the National Institutes of Health from 1945 to 1952. In about 1970, she helped found and was president of Spectrum Co-op Gallery in Georgetown. She painted marine scenes and landscapes primarily.

In 1972, Mrs. Olson moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later to nearby Chester. She continued to paint and to sell her artwork throughout her life, even after she was stricken with macular degeneration and required the use of a magnifying glass while painting.

Her husband of 31 years, Rodney A. Olson, died in 1980.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine Olson of Listowel, Ontario, and Carol Olson of East Chester, Nova Scotia; two brothers, John W. Isaminger of Albuquerque and James Isaminger of Lewes, Del.; a sister, Thora Jean Miller of Montgomery Village; and two grandsons.

Leonard E. CohnLaw Bookstore Owner

Leonard E. Cohn, 82, who owned and operated Lerner Law Books in Washington for nearly 40 years, died of diabetes-related pneumonia April 12 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Cohn took over Lerner Law Books in 1970 after the death of its original owner and also owned the law bookstore that served George Washington University's law school. For about 37 years, Lerner Books was the sole supplier of texts and other materials, including hard-to-find supplementary works, to students at Georgetown University Law Center.

He also owned Washington Law Book Co., which served GWU, before retiring in the early 1990s.

In 1988, Mr. Cohn complained about lost business after Georgetown opened its own bookstore. Two years earlier, he had moved Lerner Law Books from Georgetown to a more isolated site across the street from one of the nation's largest law schools. He said if he had known that the school was opening its own bookstore, he may not have made the move.

Some faculty members and students empathized with Mr. Cohn, noting that his bookstore carried law tomes and fringe materials not found in the school's bookstore.

Mr. Cohn sold law and other professional books to the students at area universities, as well as lawyers, judges and the occasional celebrity. His store was a fixture in Washington, with clients including Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, local martial arts expert Jhoon Rhee and Washington Redskins running back Mike Hull.

Mr. Cohn, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Roosevelt High School and George Washington University. He started law school but dropped out when his wife, Etta Cohn, died about 1957.

He began a private practice as a certified public accountant before operating his book business. He did auditing for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

He also produced community theater shows and created Masquers II theater.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Cohn of Silver Spring; a daughter from his first marriage, Claudia Bullock of Lawrence, Kan.; two stepchildren, Brad Van Grack of Silver Spring and Vickie Klein of New York; and three grandchildren.

Lelia HurdSocial Worker

Lelia Myers Hurd, 63, a Washington resident and program manager at the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, died April 7 at the Washington Home hospice. She had multiple myeloma.

Mrs. Hurd spent much of her early career as a social worker and supervisor at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.

She moved to the Washington area in 1981 and did social work and program management at a variety of hospitals and city organizations before joining the Child and Family Services Agency in 1997.

Lelia Myers was born in Pinola, Miss., and raised in Memphis, where she participated in protests to desegregate the city. She was a 1965 biology graduate of Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and received a master's degree from Smith College's School for Social Work in 1970.

Her memberships include the National Association of Social Workers and the Bethel Dukes branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Her marriage to Leon E. Hurd ended in divorce.

Survivors include her mother, Edna Myers of Memphis; her twin sister, Ardie Myers of Washington; and two brothers, Rufus Myers of Memphis and Gayther Myers of Manhattan, N.Y.

Kenneth L. KronbergSterling Businessman

Kenneth L. Kronberg, 58, a Leesburg resident who was president of PMR Printing Co. and World Composition Services Inc., both in Sterling, died April 11 in a fall from a highway overpass in Sterling.

A spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Mr. Kronberg jumped from the Waxpool Road overpass onto the northbound lanes of Route 28. The spokesman said the death was an apparent suicide, based on witness reports.

During his career, Mr. Kronberg did printing work for Lyndon H. LaRouche, a fringe presidential candidate convicted of mail fraud and income tax evasion.

Since 1974, Mr. Kronberg had been a national committee member of the National Caucus of Labor Committees, a LaRouche political organization.

He edited the Campaigner, a political-cultural magazine of the NCLC. He also co-founded and edited Fidelio, a magazine affiliated with the Schiller Institute, an organization founded by LaRouche's wife, Helga.

Kenneth Lewis Kronberg was a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and a 1968 graduate of St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M. He spent a year as a junior fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, Calif., and did graduate work in economics at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Also in New York, he was an editor at the American Institute of Physics and John Wiley and Sons publishers before founding World Composition Services (often called WorldComp) in 1978. He settled in the Washington area in 1985.

Besides his businesses, Mr. Kronberg directed amateur theater, with a focus on the plays of Shakespeare. He also taught poetry and drama classes to children and adults.

His marriage to Lynn Archer Kronberg ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marielle Hammett Kronberg, and a son from his second marriage, Max Kronberg, both of Leesburg; and a brother.

William Augustus AleshirePolice Officer, Bowie Councilman

William Augustus "Bill" Aleshire, 61, a retired District police officer and Bowie city council member, died April 24 of cancer at his home in Bowie.

Mr. Aleshire was born in Orlando and grew up in Prince George's County, graduating from High Point High School in Beltsville in 1963. He received a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from American University in 1975.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1964, serving in Vietnam as a radio system operator and also in Alaska.

He became a police officer in the District in 1968 and served until his retirement in 1989. He also was a colonel and director of public affairs in the Maryland Defense Force and served on the Bowie City Council from 1992 to 2005.

Well known in the Bowie community, he was director of public relations for Chick-fil-A, helping arrange fundraisers with company sponsorship.

He was a Christmas in April volunteer, served on the Prince George's County Historical and Cultural Trust and the Task Force for the County Preservation Ordinance and was a member of the Prince George's County and Maryland State historical societies. He also served as a scout master.

He was a member of the Prince George's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Cavalry Association. He published two books, "A Buffalo Soldier's Story" (2004) and "Sandlot: The Soul of Baseball" (2005), a book about Negro League baseball.

His marriage to Ruth Ann Bates ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Clara R. Aleshire of Bowie; three children, Elaine A. Aleshire and William A. Aleshire, both of Bowie, and Christopher A. Aleshire of Waldorf; his father, William A. Sudduth, and his father's wife, Rosemary Sudduth, of Laurel; a brother, Larry R. Aleshire of Las Vegas; and two sisters, Rebecca Mink of Namibia and Kathy Sudduth of Rising Sun, Md.; and three grandchildren.

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