Severine G. Leoffler Sr., who converted Washington public golf courses into a lucrative business, died at 2 p.m. yesterday in his home at 4920 Rodman Street, NW of a heart condition. He was 89.
Mr. Leoffler had been reporting to his office at the East Potomac Park golf course on Hains Point until two weeks ago.
Mr. Leoffler took over operations of East Potomac golf course in 1921 when it was in financial striats and made it flourish.
Mr. Leoffler reportedly was proud of inexpensive greens fees at his courses and said more than 30 years ago that "golf is a game for everybody, not the rich alone. That is all the reward I need."
Fifty-six years ago Mr. Leoffler leased from the U.S. Interior Department the rights to run the concessions at East Potomac Park. He expanded that nine-hole layout to 36 holes. At one time in the 1960s, Mr. Leoffler operated five Washington public golf courses.
Mr. Leoffler is survived by sons Severine G. Leoffler Jr., 60, and Lane E. Leoffler Sr., 56; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mr. Leoffler will be buried Friday morning at Cedar Hill Cemetery after an 11 a.m. service at the Congress Heights United Methodist Church, 5th Street and Alabama Avenue SE.