Rudolf "Rudi" Paul, former co-owner of Rudys' 2900 restaurant in Finksburg who later was manager and maitre'd of the Caves Valley Country Club, died of multiple myeloma Nov. 10 at his Finksburg home. He was 74.
Born in the village of Langula in Thuringia, in the former East Germany, he trained as a professional waiter from age 14 to 17.
"He lived behind the Iron Curtain, and there was little hope for the people there," said Peter Krehan, a friend of 50 years. "He was also living in the hinterland, and there was no life."
He fled East Germany in 1963 during the Cold War.
Friends said Mr. Paul paid to obtain forged documents and...