Dorothy Lamour, 81, the sultry, sarong-wearing sidekick of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the popular "Road" movies of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

Her longtime friend and former publicist, Frank Liberman, said she had been ill and died at her North Hollywood home.

Hope issued a statement last night in which he said of Miss Lamour: "She was a lady of quality, beauty and class, which always made me look good. She was my number one leading lady. . . . She was not only a wonderful actress and a great performer, but a dear lady."

A dark-haired New Orleans beauty who never actually saw the South Seas until she was nearly 70, Miss Lamour began her film career with a string of island-theme movies for which she donned the sarong beginning in the late 1930s.

Although she made scores of films over a half-century career, she is most often associated with the seven films she made with Hope and Crosby from 1940 to 1962.

She put on her trademark wraparound garment for their first film together, "Road to Singapore" in 1940, and it signaled the start of a fertile comic relationship.

In their "Road" comedies -- among them "Road to Zanzibar" in 1941 and to "Rio" in 1947 -- Miss Lamour played the love interest and straight-faced foil to the two comedians.

The films combined adventure, slapstick, zany ad-libs and inside-show-biz satire. The swift-quipping movies, Hope once said, were "like a tennis game with Dottie in the middle watching."

She once said of those films, "I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business."

The fabled sarong, the creation of Oscar-winning designer Edith Head, wound up in the Smithsonian Institution's costume collection, even though, as Miss Lamour remarked, "I made 60 motion pictures and only wore the sarong in about six pictures, but it did become a kind of trademark.

"And it did hinder me. They expect you to always be the young girl leaning against the palm tree. Why should you want to act?"

A classic product of Hollywood's star system and studio publicity buildup, she spent years under contract to Paramount Pictures, which promised in ads to show "as much of Lamour as the censors will permit -- with or without the sarong."

While popular at the box office, she was considered a limited performer. "The one thing of which nobody ever accused Dorothy Lamour in the '30s was acting," one critic wrote.

As Miss Lamour herself would good-humoredly say: "I thank God for that little strip of cloth."

Her life story was a true rags-to-riches tale, beginning with her birth in the charity ward of a New Orleans hospital in 1914 as Mary Leta Dorothy Kaumeyer. Her marquee name, Lamour, was taken from her stepfather's last name, Lambour, which sounded enticingly like the French word for "love."

Poverty forced her from school in her teens. She started to learn secretarial skills, but when a friend won a Miss Universe contest and toured with a vaudeville unit in 1930, Miss Lamour went along as part of the entourage.

Hoping to become a singer, she moved to Chicago, where she labored as a store clerk, a waitress and an elevator operator at the Marshall Field department store. A friend working for a radio show made her a last-minute replacement for a no-show guest, and her singing won her an audition with bandleader Herbie Kay.

She toured with Kay, who became her first husband in 1935, and headed for New York City, singing at such nightspots as the Stork Club.

The next year, her first film role -- and first sarong -- was the title role in "The Jungle Princess," a yarn about a pilot, played by Ray Milland, who crashes his plane in a jungle and finds Ullah, a native girl in a sarong.

In the 1940s, Miss Lamour, Hope and Crosby filmed four "Road" movies. In 1953, Paramount reunited them in the successful "Road to Bali." She then announced her retirement to raise her two sons by advertising executive William Ross Howard III, an Air Force lieutenant she met during World War II.

In 1961, Hope and Crosby teamed up again for a final "Road" picture, "The Road to Hong Kong," which Lamour labeled "a terrible end to a wonderful series." The female lead went to the younger Joan Collins. Lamour, although obviously hurt, took a guest spot.

In later years, she toured in "Hello, Dolly" and did occasional dinner theater and singing engagements, and she was frequently seen on television, doing guest shots on such shows as "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote" and, naturally, a few Bob Hope specials.

Miss Lamour divorced Kay in 1939. Howard died in 1978. She is survived by two sons, Ridgely Howard and Tom Howard, and two grandchildren.


CIA Official

Ronald J. Reid, 54, who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 27 years before retiring in 1992 as a communications office official, died of pneumonia Sept. 19 at a hospital in Allentown, Pa. He had been treated for diabetes, Hodgkins disease and heart ailments.

Mr. Reid, a former Vienna, Falls Church and Gaithersburg resident, had lived in the Washington area from 1965 until moving to Vera Cruz, Pa., in 1992.

He came to Washington and joined the CIA in 1965. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an information handling systems technician, helping to install and repair equipment in Europe, and then was promoted to an information handling systems supervisor before serving as a communications security officer from 1972 to 1982.

He was a senior communications plans officer from 1982 to 1986 and then served as deputy programs and budget chief of the agency's communications office until retiring.

Mr. Reid, who was born in Chicago, served in the Navy for four years until his discharge in 1963. He was a business administration graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

He was the recipient of the CIA Medallion, the agency's highest retirement award. He also received a special award in 1986 from then-transportation secretary Elizabeth Dole for his work as a loaned executive with the Combined Federal Campaign.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Catherine A. Ellow of Vera Cruz; two sons, Mark, of New York, and Robert, of Baltimore; a daughter, Diane Wilkins of Plymouth, Minn.; a brother, Arthur W. Jr., of Allentown; and two grandchildren.



Mark A. Kinland, 84, a Washington area resident since 1934 who retired as a salesman in 1990, died of cancer Sept. 17 at his home in Bethesda. He had lived in Bethesda for more than 30 years.

Mr. Kinland was born in Franklin, Va., and raised in Norfolk. He came to Washington and worked as a clothing salesman at Hecht's. He was drafted by the Army in 1940, discharged a year later and then recalled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the war, he served in Europe.

After the war, he returned to Hecht's before opening a liquor store in the District in 1951. In 1964, after he had sold the store, he returned to the retail business at the old Bruce Hunt stores in the District and in Bethesda from 1964 to 1970. He then worked for the Jos. A. Banks stores in the District and Bethesda until his retirement.

He was a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington and B'nai B'rith. He also belonged to the Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Thelma Fanaroff Kinland of Bethesda; a son, Leonard Kinland of Jefferson, Md.; a daughter, Sherry Kaswell of Potomac; two sisters, Esta Bodner of Norfolk and Sally Bank of San Francisco; and four grandchildren.


C&P Supervisor

John T. Kent, 93, who worked for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. from 1928 until retiring in 1965 as a general staff supervisor, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Sept. 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

His career with C&P included tours as telephone company liaison with the White House and the Pentagon. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Mr. Kent, who was born in Philadelphia, was a 1922 graduate of Washington's Western High School. He settled in Washington and joined the phone company after his 1928 graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He was a founding member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda, where he did fund-raising work. He also was a member of Rotary International, the University Club and the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Roberta Howard Kent of Bethesda; a son, J. Thomas Jr., of Potomac; a daughter, Roberta Federici of Westfield, Conn.; a brother, William, of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Silver Spring Resident

Frances Georgia Hayes, 88, a Sykesville, Md., native and a former District resident who had lived in Silver Spring since the early 1950s, died Sept. 20 at Manor Care Home in Silver Spring after a stroke.

Mrs. Hayes, who attended Western Maryland College, settled in Washington after her marriage to Harold E. Hayes in 1928. He died in 1975.

She was a member of the Hillandale Women's Club and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, where she did volunteer work. Over the years, she worked at painting and crafts, as well as designing and making clothing.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Hesselgesser of Silver Spring; a son, Hugh Hayes of Severna Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Patricia Anne Boyce, died in 1975.


Executive Secretary

Marguerite Louise Wheelehan "Peggy" Moneymaker, 66, who was an executive secretary with Thrift Transfer trucking company in Alexandria for 25 years before retiring in the late 1980s, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Moneymaker, a native and resident of Alexandria, was a graduate of that city's George Washington High School. She had attended Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Stewart Allen Moneymaker of Alexandria; a son, Stewart Allen Moneymaker of Charlottesville; a daughter, Lisa Marie Shelton of Falls Church; two brothers, George Wheelehan of Potomac and Gary Wheelehan of Woodbridge; a sister, Nancy Lee Peyton of Oklahoma; and four grandchildren.