Max R. Grossman, 86, a retired reporter, educator and longtime public and cultural affairs official for the U.S. Information Agency, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 15 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mr. Grossman was born in Odessa, Russia. He came to this country as an infant and grew up in Malden, Mass. He graduated from Boston University and received a master's degree in education from Harvard.

From 1926 to 1944, Mr. Grossman worked for newspapers in Pawtucket, R.I., and Boston and he also taught at Boston University, where he became chairman of the journalism department.

In 1944, he joined the Office of War Information, a World War II agency, and in 1947 he was appointed as the first provost of Brandeis University. From 1948 to 1951, he was a writer and editor for the Civic Education Project in Cambridge, Mass.

In 1951, Mr. Grossman began a career in the Foreign Service for the U.S. Information Agency. His posts abroad included Frankfurt, West Germany; Quito, Ecuador; and London. In Washington, he was an editor for Voice of America, where he was responsible for the publication of several volumes of lectures on cultural and social problems that were originally delivered as radio addresses.

After his retirement from USIA about 1970, he served as Washington correspondent for Finance Magazine of New York.

Mr. Grossman was a member of the National Press Club and the American Association of University Professors.

His wife, the former Manya Kaufman, whom he married in 1931, died in 1976.

Survivors include two children, Michael B. Grossman of San Francisco and Lysbeth Grossman of Baltimore; a brother, Leo Grossman of Bethesda; a sister, Edith Bernstein, of Melrose, Mass.; and two grandchildren.


Railroad Rate Clerk

Obie Patrick Kinard, 39, a Washington native who was a rate clerk with the Norfolk Southern Railroad, died Aug. 13 at Washington Hospital Center. He had AIDS.

Mr. Kinard, a resident of Washington, graduated from Roosevelt High School. He attended Federal City College and the University of the District of Columbia, where he studied cosmetology.

He served in the Air Force National Guard in the early 1970s, and then went to work for the D.C. Department of Environmental Services as an inspector.

In 1980, Mr. Kinard joined the Southern Railroad and became a rate clerk. In 1982, after its merger with the Norfolk & Western Railroad, he moved to the company's headquarters in Roanoke. He returned here in May and worked at the railroad's Alexandria depot.

Mr. Kinard was a member of First A.M.E. Zion Church and a former member of Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, both in Washington.

Survivors include his stepfather, Alphonso Moore of Baltimore; four sisters, Antonell K. Aikens, Mary K. Richards and Rev. Stewart K. Jones, all of Washington, and Yvonne Green of Hyattsville; and two brothers, Clarkie Kinard Jr. and Dennis Kinard, both of Washington.


Jewish Welfare Official

Moe Hoffman, 77, the Washington representative of the National Jewish Welfare board from 1958 until he retired in 1979, died of cancer Aug. 15 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Hoffman, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Cairo, N.Y. He graduated from St. John's University, where he also received a law degree. He received a master's degree in social work from Catholic University.

He moved to the Washington area about 1950 after having worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board in Georgia and Florida, and he was director of its Washington armed services division before he was named Washington representative.

Mr. Hoffman had been director of the government division of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington, a lecturer in the school of social work at Catholic University, a civilian social work consultant to the office of the Army surgeon general and a trustee of the capital area division of the United Nations Association.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Brown Hoffman of Silver Spring; two children, Henry I. Hoffman of Silver Spring and Paula Alpart of Albany, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.


Commerce Ombudsman

Thomas Edward Drumm Jr., 80, a former official of the Department of Commerce who retired in 1973 as the ombudsman for business, died Aug. 14 at a hospital in Laconia, N.H. of complications after a stroke.

Mr. Drumm was born in Newark, N.J. He graduated from New York University, where he also received a law degree and a master's degree in business administration.

Before World War II, he practiced law in New York and New Jersey, then during the war served in Washington in the Army.

He settled in the Washington area after the war and held a variety of government jobs, including deputy administrator of the War Assets Administration, service on the Defense Production Board and the Military Production and Supply Board, duty as NATO secretary in London and Paris, commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and deputy director of field services for the Commerce Department.

His final government job as ombudsman for business involved finding the appropriate government official or department to handle businessmen's problems or answer questions.

After his retirement from the government, Mr. Drumm was a government relations consultant for Macmillan Inc. in Washington, New York, London and Tokyo before retiring again in 1980.

A former resident of Rockville, he moved to Meredith, N.H., in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lois Jean Kreider of Meredith; four children, Jean D. Sifleet of Acton, Mass., Thomas E. Drumm III of Nethers, Va., Robert W. Drumm of Seattle and Suzanne D. Martin of Merrimack, N.H.; and three grandchildren.



Gloria Lois Harvey, 64, a retired secretary at the Federal Trade Commission, died of cancer Aug. 15 at her home in Boulevard Heights in Prince George's County.

Mrs. Harvey was a native of New York City, where she worked as a secretary. She came to the Washington area in the early 1960s. She began working at the Federal Trade Commission in the late 1960s and retired about 1987.

She had been a volunteer at St. Francis Xavier School in Washington.

Survivors include her husband, William Harvey of Boulevard Heights; four daughters, Patricia Tietz of Springfield, Kathleen Bigger of Houston, Christine Harvey of Silver Spring and Carol Folkerts of Owings Mills, Md.; her mother, Mildred Weekes Goodman of Queens, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.


IRS Official

Isidore Goodman, 83, a retired Internal Revenue Service official who specialized in pension and profit-sharing tax laws, died of kidney failure and congestive heart failure Aug. 12 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Goodman worked 42 years for the IRS before his retirement in 1977 after three years as assistant to the assistant commissioner for employee plans and exempt organizations. Before that he had served 17 years as chief of the IRS pension trust branch.

A lawyer and a certified public accountant, Mr. Goodman had a private law practice in retirement. He also wrote articles for The Pension Plan Guide, a publication of Commerce Clearinghouse.

A resident of Silver Spring, Mr. Goodman was born in New York City. He graduated from New York University, where he also received a master's degree in commercial science and a law degree.

He practiced law in New York before joining the IRS in 1935, and served as an IRS agent in New York and Chicago until 1944, when he was transferred to Washington.

Mr. Goodman had conducted seminars on pensions and profit-sharing plans and given lectures at universities. In 1972, he was named "Employee Benefits Man of the Year" by Pension and Welfare News magazine.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Bertha Goodman of Silver Spring; a son, Robert E. Goodman of Oakton; and two grandchildren.


Church Member

Hilda Mae Carter, 68, a longtime member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Washington, where she had been a deaconess and a member of the senior choir, died Aug. 14 at Howard University Hopsital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Carter, who lived in Washington, was a native of Bentonville, Va. She attended Hampton Institute. She came to Washington in the early 1940s.

Survivors include her husband, William Robert Carter of Washington; three sons, William Vernon Carter of Chicago, Robert Lee Carter of Washington and James R. Carter of Suitland; four daughters, Margaret Carter-Laguerra and Gloria Mae Carter-France, both of Washington, Hilda C. Maiden of Morningside, and Jean Evelyn Carter of Mount Rainier; a sister, Handie Dial of Washington; and 15 grandchildren.