Gene Archer, 65, a well-known singer, radio and television announcer whose baritone voice was heard at Washington Redskins games for many years, died yesterday at Montgomery General Hospital. He suffered from cancer.
Mr. Archer had performed regularly at the football games until about four years ago. He was named a director of the Redskins club in 1956 by the late George Preston Marshall, owner, and held that position until about 1973.
He also was a limited member of the Gridiron Club, a society of working newspapermen, and for years had offered the opening and closing songs at the club's annual dinner.
Mr. Archer came to Washington in 1938 and sang at a number of supper clubs both in this area and in Baltimore. He also appeared on the stage at the old Eari and Capitol theaters and sang at the Mayflower and Shoreham hotels.
He was a guest on a number of NBC radio shows, became a staff singer and later was a disc jockey on WRC in the 1940s and 1950s. He expanded into television and in 1948 had his own TV program, "Gene Archer's Music Shoppe" on channel four.
Mr. Archer became a staff announcer for WRC radio and television in the 1950s and held that position until retiring about four years ago. He had sung at four Republican conventions beginning in 1948.
He was born in Parkersburg, W. Va., graduated from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W. Va., and studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Before coming here he worked for a while for CBS in New York.
In 1969-70, Mr. Archer was president of the Washington-Baltimore Local of the American Federation and Radio Artists. He was treasurer of that group at his death.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita, of the home in Brookeville, Md.; four sons, Jarrett, of Columbia, John, of Gaithersburg, James, of York, Pa., and Jeffrey, of Olney, Md., and two grandchildren.