Eben Clark Eno Jenkins

Square Dance Caller

Eben Clark Eno Jenkins, 90, a retired insurance salesman who was an accomplished square dance caller and founder of two long-running dance clubs in the Washington area, died of a cerebral hemorrhage July 29 at the Washington Home and Hospice. He lived in Silver Spring.

In 1950, Mr. Jenkins established the Hyattsville-based dance club Double-E Squares, which at one point listed 200 members. He operated the dance club, which offered lessons in square, circle, line, swing and contra dancing, for 48 years until his retirement in the spring of 1998.

He also founded the Quadranglers, a dance club in Silver Spring and was a caller for the Broad Creek Couples Club in Accokeek.

He was a member of the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association and a 1961 inductee of the American Square Dance Society Hall of Fame.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Honesdale, Pa., and was raised in College Park. He graduated from Hyattsville High School and earned a master's degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech. In the mid-1930s, he worked as an economist for the Department of Agriculture.

He was an agent for the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Maryland before starting a 25-year career with Nationwide Insurance Co. He retired in 1973.

He was a member of the Hillendale Citizens Association, the Greenbelt Consumer Co-op Association, the Festival Choral Society and St. Mark's Episcopal Church choir in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Ingersoll Jenkins of Silver Spring; three daughters, Sarah "Sally" Donaldson of Accokeek, Susan Shawhan of Silver Spring and Rachel Weibley of Neenah, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandson.