Albert D. Cherry, 86, a Washington area singer and actor who worked for more than 30 years as an archivist manager at the Library of Congress before retiring in 1974, died of a heart attack June 21 at the White Flint shopping mall. He lived in Silver Spring.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Cherry was a 1935 graduate of Dunbar High School and studied at Catholic and Howard universities, concentrating on theater arts. He was a member of the Howard University Chorale and later studied voice with Todd Duncan and Frederick Wilkerson.
Mr. Cherry began his singing and acting career with the Department of Agriculture's production of "It's Up to You" under the direction of Garson Kanin, which led to a solo White House performance for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.
He had a solo at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of "Aida" with the American Light Opera Co. during the 1950s and portrayed Benjamin Banneker at Carter Barron Amphitheater in Paul Greene's "Faith of Our Fathers." He also performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the Frederick Wilkerson Singers under the direction of Roberta Flack in the 1970s.
Mr. Cherry wrote for and performed in six productions of Washington's Hexagon Club and directed and performed in several plays for Theatre Lobby.
For five years in the 1940s, he was activities chairman for the International Student House in Washington, where he supervised the mounting of dramatic and dance productions.
He served as an archivist manager at the Library of Congress for more than 30 years. While there, he directed and performed for the Library of Congress Choral Society. He also directed numerous church and community choirs in Maryland and the District, including that of his family's original church, Second Baptist Church of Washington.
In 1996, Mr. Cherry began performing with the National Theatre's Outreach Program, delighting audiences with poetry, show tunes and folk music.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Virginia Fisher Cherry; and a daughter, Claire Cherry, both of Silver Spring.