Alvin Webster Kremer, 86, retired keeper of the collections at the Library of Congress, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 29 at his home in Arlington. He had progressive emphysema.
Mr. Kremer was born in Winchester and graduated from Hadley High School there. He moved to Washington and began working at the Library of Congress in 1923. He graduated from George Washington University in 1928.
At the Library of Congress, Mr. Kremer specialized in preservation and security of collections and documents. This work included the cataloguing of a collection of 15th century books and the library of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes during the 1930s.
He was named keeper of collections shortly before World War II. After the United States entered the war, Mr. Kremer supervised the evacuation and safekeeping of hundreds of thousands of rare and irreplaceable documents to various locations around the country. These included the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, the original draft of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Articles of Confederation and the manuscripts of Thomas Jefferson.
He had developed techniques in the salvaging and restoration of documents damaged by fire, smoke and water, and had served as a consultant in this field to Michigan, Canada and the Netherlands.
He retired from the Library of Congress in 1963.
His wife of 45 years, Anna Foy Kremer, died in 1976. Survivors include two sons, retired Army Col. Webb Kremer of Annandale and Larz Kremer of Arlington; and two grandchildren.
F. LEONARD SLAGLE
F. Leonard Slagle, 70, a retired architect who had worked in private industry and for the government, died Oct. 25 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. He had diabetes and a heart ailment.
Mr. Slagle, who had lived in Frederick for the past 19 years, was a native of Washington. He was a graduate of St. Paul's Academy in Washington and received an architecture degree at Catholic University in 1951. He served with both the Navy and Marine Corps during World War II.
He formed his own architecture firm in Washington in 1952. Over the next 10 years, he designed homes and schools, as well as church and office buildings. He worked for the Defense Department from 1962 to 1970, becoming chief architect of the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks. From 1970 until retiring in 1978, he worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was supervisor of architecture.
Mr. Slagle was a member of the National Gemological Society and the American Institute of Architects.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Fitzgerald Slagle of Frederick; four sons, James L., of Frederick, Gerald J., of New Hampshire, Thomas T., of Silver Spring, and Phillip F., of New Market, Va.; four daughters, Anne Campbell of Baltimore, Mary Malewicki of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hayes of Mount Airy, Md., and Patricia Carney of Dickerson; three brothers, S. Duane, of Rockville, Robert C., of New Carrollton, and John F., of Annapolis; a sister, Mary Catherine Fowler of Silver Spring; and 20 grandchildren.
CONSTANCE A. DeNARDO
Constance Anna DeNardo, 71, a clerk in the rapid response center at the Government Printing Office since 1973, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 26 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She had a heart ailment.
Mrs. DeNardo, who lived in Laurel, was a native of New York City. She came to the Washington area in 1942. In 1963, she went to work at Advertising Distributors of Washington, a Washington printing firm. She was a mailing supervisor there until she went to the GPO.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Laurel.
Her husband, Theodore DeNardo Sr., died in 1984. Survivors include four children, Theodore DeNardo Jr. of Arnold, Michael DeNardo of Bowie, Ralph DeNardo of Davidsonville and Maria Huguley of Severna Park; three sisters, Josephine Alonge and Frances Celli, both of Valley Stream, N.Y., and Lucy Garcia of Springfield, Va.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
ELVA J. HENDERSHOT
Elva Jenkins Hendershot, 90, a volunteer with the American Red Cross who had been a medical missionary in Burma in the 1920s and 1930s, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 26 at the Thomas House retirement home in Washington.
Mrs. Hendershot, who had lived at Thomas House since 1985, was born in Missouri. She grew up in San Diego and graduated from the San Diego School of Nursing.
She was a registered nurse and served as a medical missionary in Burma with the American Baptist Foreign Missions Society from 1924 to 1927, and again from 1932 to 1935.
She came to the Washington area during World War II. In the mid-1950s, her husband, Clarence Hendershot, became an official with what later became the Agency for International Development. From 1957 to 1965, she accompanied him on his overseas assignments to South Korea and Iran.
In 1965, they moved to Illinois. They returned here in 1972. Mr. Hendershot died in 1979.
Mrs. Hendershot was a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring. She sewed quilts for the American Red Cross and was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Baptist Women's Missionary Union.
Survivors include two children, Elaine H. Munson of Silver Spring and James B. Hendershot of Fairfax; a sister, Mildred Alexander of San Diego; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
MARY E. TOLSDORF
Mary Ellen Tolsdorf, 39, a retired Navy Department budget analyst who was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Springfield, died of cancer Oct. 29 at Alexandria Hospital.
She began working at the Navy Department in 1975 and retired because of ill health earlier this year.
Mrs. Tolsdorf, who lived in Springfield, was born in Philadelphia and came here as a child. She graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and Ohio Wesleyan University.
Survivors include her husband, Carlton P. Tolsdorf Jr., and a son, Michael Ryan Tolsdorf, both of Springfield; her parents, William and Amelia Sheely of Alexandria; and two sisters, Elizabeth Sheely of Durham, N.C., and Susan Grooms of Clifton.
DR. GEORGE W. HOFFMAN
Woodrow Wilson Official
Dr. George W. Hoffman, 76, a retired University of Texas geography professor who was secretary of the East European program at the Woodrow Wilson Center here from 1985 to 1988, died Oct. 27 at George Washington University Hospital. He had a heart ailment.
Dr. Hoffman, who lived in Washington, came here in 1985, when he helped start the Wilson Center's East European program. He also served on the center's advisory council.
Dr. Hoffman received a law degree in his native Vienna before coming to this country in 1939. He received a doctorate in geography from the University of Michigan and served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. He taught at Michigan and at Indiana University before joining the faculty of the University of Texas in 1949. He taught there until retiring in 1984.
He was a Fulbright scholar and had served on the boards of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. He was the recipient of awards from the Southeast Europe Society and the governments of West Germany, Yugoslavia and Austria.
His wife of 40 years, Viola S. Hoffman, died in 1984. Survivors include a son, A. Michael Hoffman of London; a daughter, Jeane S. Pendery of Dallas; and a sister, Elizabeth Zilberstein of Boston.
JOHN J. MULLIN
John J. Mullin, 96, a retired Washington auto salesman, died of pneumonia Oct. 28 at Sun Terrace Nursing Center in Sun City Center, Fla.
Mr. Mullin was born in Washington. During the 1920s he was a White House photographer, then worked as an auto salesman for Ourisman Chevrolet in Washington until 1966, when he retired and moved to Sun City Center.
His wife, the former E. Lillian Usilton, died in 1987. Survivors include a sister, Helen Furlong of El Cajon, Calif.