Robert E. "Ike" Kendrick, 85, the founder and publisher of the Capital Spotlight, a weekly newspaper that serves the African American community in Washington, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at Howard University Hospital.
Mr. Kendrick started the newspaper in 1953. In its early days, it concentrated on entertainment and social news, particularly along the U Street corridor in Northwest Washington and in such famous venues as the Howard Theater. Later, it carried general news. A spokesman said its current readership is more than 50,000 people weekly.
A Washington native and a resident of the city all of his life, Mr. Kendrick graduated from Armstrong High School. As a young man, he was an office assistant in the War Department, which is now the Department of the Army. He also worked in public relations and for various black newspapers, and he was the manager of the Masonic Temple at 10th and U streets NW.
In the course of his career, Mr. Kendrick knew such people as Sammy Davis Jr., James Baldwin and Pearl Bailey.
Mr. Kendrick was a member of the National News Publication Association, the Kiwanis Club of Northeast Washington and the parish of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington.
His marriage to Josephine Merriweather Kendrick ended in divorce. His second wife, Agnes Kendrick, died in 1990.
Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Dolores Kendrick of Washington, Robert E. Kendrick III of Capitol Heights and Juanita Williams of Savannah, Ga.; two children from his second marriage, Elizabeth Brooks of Suitland and Carole Booker of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM THURMAN MAYO
William Thurman Mayo, 80, founder and president of the locally famous bakery Montgomery Doughnut Co. Inc., died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at Suburban Hospital.
Mr. Mayo, who resided in Rockville, was born in Avert, Mo. He came to the Washington area in 1941, worked in a gas station and drove a taxicab and a truck.
In 1946, he and his wife, Gladys V. Mayo, and their son, William M. Mayo, started a doughnut business in Silver Spring. Today the company has nine retail stores in Maryland, more than 600 wholesale customers throughout the area and several divisions, including two cake divisions and a coffee service.
Mr. Mayo was a member emeritus of the Silver Spring Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, who lives in Rockville, and his son, who lives in Brookeville, survivors include two grandchildren.
ANNA G. JANSOHN
Anna G. Jansohn, 89, a Washington resident since 1975 who spent the first half of her life in Eastern Europe, died of pneumonia Dec. 22 at her home.
Mrs. Jansohn was born in what now is Poland. She was living in Russia during the period of the Communist revolution. Her first husband, Marjan Lewicki, a Polish military officer, died in 1933.
She was living in West Germany as a World War II refugee before emigrating to the United States in 1952 with her second husband, Hermann Jansohn. They lived in Albion, Mich., where he died in 1963. Mrs. Jansohn lived in Massachusetts until 1975, when she moved to Washington to live with her daughter.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Dr. Ann M. Lewicki of Washington; three stepdaughters, Dsidra Jansohn of Battle Creek, Mich., Mirdsa Hicks of Cherokee, N.C., and Ruth Persails of Bonita Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
MOLLY HOFBERG SCHWARTZ
Molly Hofberg Schwartz, 86, a former cashier at a family business, Hofberg's Delicatessen in Silver Spring, died Dec. 20 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.
Mrs. Schwartz, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Argentina. She came to the United States in 1920 and settled in the Washington area.
She worked periodically at the family delicatessen in Washington and later in Silver Spring, where the business moved after World War II. She retired when the business was sold in 1969.
Mrs. Schwartz was a member of the Montgomery County Civic Association, Beth Shalom Congregation in Silver Spring and Hadassah.
Her husband, Irving Schwartz, died in 1973, and a son, Frederick Schwartz, died in 1986.
Survivors include a daughter, Carole Ann Julius of Livingston, N.J.; three sisters; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
MARY H. LEGGETT
Mary H. Leggett, 90, a volunteer with Reach for Recovery, a support group for women who have undergone mastectomies, died Dec. 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.
Mrs. Leggett was born in Tarboro, N.C. She graduated from Peace College in Raleigh. She accompanied her husband, retired Navy Rear Adm. W.D. Leggett, to various Navy bases across the United States when he was on active duty. He died in 1977.
For the last 30 years, Mrs. Leggett had lived in Washington.
In 1943, she christened the submarine Tilefish, and she was active in the Society of Sponsors, an organization of persons who have christened Navy ships. She received a commendation from First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1987 for her work with Reach for Recovery. She was active in the Navy League.
Survivors include two children, Elizabeth L. Sewell of Salisbury, Md., and Dr. W.D. Leggett of Richland, Wash.; four grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.