Alfred L. Bennett, 84, a retired real estate lawyer who had a private law practice in the Washington area for more than 50 years, died of a respiratory ailment Jan. 22 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Bennett was born in Washington and graduated from the old Business High School. He earned a law degree at Georgetown University.

He started his legal career in 1924 with the law firm of John Lewis Smith. In 1955, he founded the law firm of Bennett, Rosenfeld & Schwartbach, where he was a senior partner when he retired in 1980. He specialized in real estate law and his clients included building and construction firms.

Mr. Bennett was a Mason and a past president of the Woodmont Country Club. He had served on the boards of the United Jewish Appeal, the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee. He was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

His wife, Lillian S. Bennett, died in 1984. Survivors include one daughter, Jane B. Wilner of Bethesda; one sister, Sarah Green of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and three grandchildren.


55, the director of public relations for the Mission of the League of Arab States and a former newspaper and magazine foreign affairs editor, died of cancer Jan. 20 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Jwaideh was born in Iraq. He graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris and the London School of Economics. From 1953 to 1960, he was an overseas correspondent for The Associated Press.

He moved to the United States in 1960 and settled in Chicago, where he worked as a foreign and national editor with the Chicago Sun-Times. He moved to the Washington area in 1975 and became diplomatic editor at U.S. News and World Report.

Mr. Jwaideh went to work in 1981 for the Mission of the League of Arab States, where he was employed until his death.

His marriage to Jeanne Campbell ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sisters, Naila Harper of Madison, Wis., and Olga O'Grady of London.


95, a retired teacher with the D.C. public schools who was also active in community organizations, died of asthma Jan. 17 at her home in Washington.

Miss Mehlinger was born in Fall Back, Miss., and moved to the Washington area in 1909. A graduate of the old Miner Normal School and Howard University, she also attended Columbia University and New York University.

She joined the D.C. public school system in 1918 and retired in 1961 from Garnett-Patterson Junior High School.

Miss Mehlinger was a member of the Midway Civic Association and the Business and Professional Women's Association, of which she was a board chairman. She was also a past chairman of the Area I Board of the D.C. Commissioners Youth Council.

She was a founding member of the James E. Walker Post No. 26 of the American Legion and had been a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, a national sorority.

There are no immediate survivors.


82, a retired Army colonel and a former official with Transportation Consultants, died of a stroke Jan. 15 at The Virginian Retirement Home in Fairfax. He lived in Arlington.

Col. Rowe was born in Fort Ann, N.Y. He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He worked for the New York Central Railroad during the 1930s.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the China-Burma-India theater. After the war, he was transferred to the Washington area where he served on the staff of the chief of transportation.

He later had assignments in Germany and Fort Eustis, Va., before returning to the Washington area in 1960. He retired in 1960 as the deputy assistant chief of transportation for military operations. For the next nine years, he worked for Transportation Consultants, where he was director of the railway division.

Col. Rowe was a member of the American Railway Engineering Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Society of American Military Engineers and the 721st Railway Operating Battalion Veterans.

His wife Helen Hanlan Rowe died in 1980. He leaves no immediate survivors.