Max Reznick, 66, a noted Washington radio broadcaster whose music and talk program were on the air for 41 years before he retired in October, died Nov. 9 at his home in Washington. He had a brain tumor.
Mr. Reznick's Sunday program drew an eclectic audience, but it had a particular appeal, perhaps, for Washington's diverse Jewish population. Over the years, his program was aired by several stations, including WARL, WAVA, WEAM, and finally WNTR in Silver Spring.
His program featured Hasidic and cantorial songs, Hebrew renditions of songs made famous by the Beatles and Elvis Presley, and songs sung in Yiddish by Al Jolson, Steve Lawrence and Harry Belafonte.
It was one of the rare programs in Washington that aired such hard-to-find classics as "Duvid Crockett," "She'll Be Coming Around the Katzkills When She Comes," and a ditty called "Lox and Bagels" played to the tune of "Hava Nagilah." He also played what some termed "Hebrew Disco."
The program was a kind of clearinghouse of news and views of the Washington area's Jewish community. Mr. Reznick kept the listener abreast of social events and sent out birthday greetings. He also participated in numerous fund-raising efforts for churches, synagogues, schools and similar causes.
Another popular feature of the program was "The Yiddish Word of the Week" in which the listener was invited to enlighten the rest of the audience with the Yiddish word for common items such as a "rake." The prizes ranged from a barbecued kosher chicken to bagels to kosher ice cream.
The week after Mr. Reznick's last broadcast, a special tribute to him was aired in his time slot. The broadcast -- hosted by Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, who is a regional director of the Lubavitch movement, and Michael Hoffman, of the Zionist Organization of America -- paid tribute to a unique voice.
Mr. Reznick was born in Poland and came to this country and the Washington area when he was 9 years old. He was a graduate of Eastern High School and served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
In addition to his radio career, he hosted a television program on WTTG (Channel 5) in Washington for eight years in the 1950s, featuring guests ranging from Cab Calloway to Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
About 20 years ago, Mr. Reznick founded the Washington Industrial Television System of Silver Spring, which provides closed-circuit televison equipment for security systems. He was its president until his death.
Mr. Reznick had been the gabbai, or greeter, of Beth Sholom Congregation in Washington, and he had long been active in the Hebrew Academy in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife, Friedel Reznick of Washington; one son, Dr. Steven Reznick of Los Angeles; one daughter, Marcia Cohen of Potomac; two sisters, Minnie Kaplan of Florida and Clara Dorfman of California, and three grandchildren.
LAURA BARKLEY MacARTHUR,
76, the daughter of former vice president Alben W. Barkley and the wife of Douglas MacArthur II, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Belgium, Austria and Iran, died of cancer Nov. 9 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. MacArthur was born in Paducah, Ky. She spent much of her childhood in Washington where her father served as a U.S. representative and later a senator from Kentucky. Her father served as vice president under Harry Truman from 1949 to 1953.
She attended Holton Arms School, George Washington University and the old National Law School.
She accompanied her husband, a nephew and namesake of Gen. of the Army Douglas A. MacArthur, on diplomatic assignments to Canada, Italy, Portugal, France and Vichy, France, before he was named an ambassador. Later as an ambassador's wife she presided over a variety of embassy social functions.
In the late spring of 1940, Mrs. MacArthur and her husband survived a bombing and machine gun attack by German aircraft during the fighting that preceded the fall of France. In 1970 they escaped from an ambush and kidnaping attempt by Iranian terrorists.
In addition to her husband, of Washington, Mrs. MacArthur is survived by one daughter, Laura MacArthur Deacon of Brussels; one sister, Marian Truitt of Washington, and two grandchildren.
GERALD E. MILLER,
84, a retired official of the Central Intelligence Agency and a former agency station chief in Rome, died of cancer Oct. 31 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Mass.
Mr. Miller lived in the Washington area from 1950 until 1971, when he retired from the CIA and moved to Westport Point, Mass. He was born in Willard, Ohio. After graduating from Yale University in 1925, he worked in banking in Detroit, and he also practiced law there.
During World War II, he served in Washington and Europe with the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the CIA. After the war, he returned to his law practice in Detroit. In 1950, he moved here to begin his career with the CIA.
Mr. Miller worked in Rome for seven years in the 1950s, and he was an assistant to Ambassador Clare Booth Luce as well as chief of the CIA station. He also had a number of assignments in Washington and he was chief of personnel management at CIA headquarters when he retired.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy K. Miller of Westport Point; two children, Judith Beavan of Westport Point and Dorothy M. Lee of Falls Church, and four grandchildren.
CORNELIA ELIZABETH (NENNIE) GALLAWAY,
71, a housekeeper for a family in Arlington for 25 years before retiring in 1986, died Nov. 6 at a hospital in New Haven, Conn., after a stroke.
Mrs. Gallaway, who lived in Arlington, was vacationing in Connecticut when she was stricken. A native of Georgia, she came to the Washington area in 1961.
Her marriage to Ellis Gallaway ended in divorce.
Survivors include one brother, Robert Beason Jr. of Meridian, Miss., and one sister, Fannie L. Williams of Arlington.
MARIE A. (TOMMY) TROXELL,
71, a registered nurse who worked at Bethesda Naval Hospital for 28 years before retiring in 1973, died of respiratory arrest Nov. 8 at a nursing home in Camp Hill, Pa.
Miss Troxell, who lived in the Washington area from 1938 to 1973, was a native of Altoona, Pa. She earned her nursing degree at Georgetown University.
Survivors include two brothers, Raymond A. Troxell of Camp Hill and Daniel M. Troxell of Los Angeles, and one sister, Martha M. Flaingan of Wisconsin.
ABE HART SR.,
81, a retired press operator with the Government Printing Office who also had been a local pastor, died Nov. 8 at Providence Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Hart, who spent 28 years with the GPO before retiring in 1970, was born in Augusta, Ga. He moved here in the early 1940s. He was a civilian employe of the Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II.
He was pastor at the United House of Prayer church in Marshall Heights in Southeast Washington from 1943 to 1963, then assistant pastor at the Charlotte Mission church on Seventh Street NW from 1963 to 1980. He also had been a local elder of the church on M Street NW.
Survivors include his wife, Anna, one son, Abe Jr., and one daughter, Betty A. Pettus, all of Washington; 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
PAULINE WEBB DRYFOOS,
74, who was a member of the Colonial Dames, the Sulgrave Club and the Congressional Country Club and a docent at the Washington Cathedral, died of cancer Nov. 9 at her home in Bethesda.
Mrs. Dryfoos was born in Statesville, N.C. She attended Hollins College and Converse College. She moved to the Washington area in 1952. She was a former member of the Heart Board.
Her husband, Henry Dryfoos III, died in 1978.
Survivors include three children, Henry Dryfoos IV and William Webb Dryfoos, both of Potomac, and Grace Edmonds of Gaithersburg, and six grandchildren.