Dr. Kennard YaffeGeneral practitionerDr. Kennard Yaffe, who...


Dr. Kennard Yaffe

General practitioner

Dr. Kennard Yaffe, who retired in March as a general practitioner in Catonsville, died Wednesday of heart failure at the North Oaks retirement community, where he lived for the past four months. Dr. Yaffe, who was 78 and a longtime resident of Pikesville, began his practice in 1940 in West Baltimore.

He was a member of the staff at Sinai Hospital, where he belonged to the President's Advisory Council. He also was a former president of the Baltimore City Medical Society, chairman of the board of the Baltimore City Professional Standards Review Organization and medical director of the Maryland Foundation for Health Care.

He served as chairman of the state medical society's committee on drugs and helped to start the organization's physician rehabilitation committee.

He also served on medical advisory boards of organizations and companies in the health care field.

The Baltimore native was a 1930 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a 1934 graduate of the University of Maryland pharmacy school and a 1938 graduate of its medical school. Dr. Yaffe served his internship and residency at Sinai Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Eleanor Snyder; a daughter, Suzanne Kaplan of New York City; a son, Frederick Yaffe of Baltimore; and a brother, Stanley Yaffe of Baltimore.

Private services were planned for Dr. Yaffe, but the family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research in Bethesda or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sylvan M. Potemken

Brokerage representative

Services for Sylvan M. Potemken, a retired registered representative for a stock brokerage, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Potemken, who was 72 and lived in the Samester Apartments, died Thursday at Levindale of kidney failure as a complication from diabetes.

He retired about two years ago after 35 years with Gruntal & Co. Inc. Early in his working life, he was an assistant manager of the old Harbor Field and then of Friendship Airport, now Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Before taking the airport posts, he worked as an accountant for the State Tax Commission.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the University of Baltimore.

A former master of the Amicable Lodge of the Masons, he also served on the board of the Golden Eagle Square and Compass Club.

He is survived by two brothers, Bertram L. Potemken of Stevenson and Barry Potemken of Potomac; three nieces; and a nephew.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the American Diabetes Association.

J. Raymond Rodgers

Advertising executive

A Mass of Christian burial for J. Raymond Rodgers, who retired 20 years ago from the VanSant Dugdale & Co. advertising agency, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. Rodgers, who was 84, died Wednesday of heart disease at his home on Camberly Circle in Towson.

With the advertising agency since the late 1940s, he served at various times as an account executive and as an office manager.

Earlier, he had worked in the real estate business and for the Office of Price Administration during World War II.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and Loyola College and played on the basketball team at both schools.

He was a golfer who played regularly at the Pine Ridge Golf Course.

His wife, the former Mary Joe Stack, died in 1987.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Joe Greene of Phoenix and Catherine Maher of Franktown, Va.; a sister, Florence Rodgers of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Mary V. H. Truitt

Active in historical groups

Services for Mary Virginia Harrington Truitt, who was active in organizations in College Park and on the Eastern Shore, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.

Mrs. Truitt, who was 89, died Wednesday at her home in Stevensville of complications from surgery.

She was a former director of Eastern Shore District 1 of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, a member and former president of the Queen Anne's Garden Club and a member of the Paint Branch Garden Club in College Park.

She lived in College Park from 1930 until 1952.

She had been a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville as well as the Cambridge church.

In College Park, she had been a member of the Progress Club and the Hospital Guild of the former Prince George's General Hospital. She was also an adult leader of the Girl Scouts.

Mrs. Truitt had been a member of the Maryland Historical Society, the Kent Island Heritage Society, and the historical societies of Calvert, Charles, Dorchester and Worcester counties.

In addition, she was a member of the Dorset Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Cambridge native was the daughter of Gertrude Johnson Harrington and Emerson C. Harrington, a former governor of Maryland. She was educated at the Cambridge Academy and the National Cathedral School in Washington.

Her husband, Dr. Reginald Van Trump Truitt, died in April. He was a former University of Maryland professor and founded the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

She is survived by two daughters, Gertrude T. Guthrie of Stevensville and Dr. Virginia T. Sherr of Holland, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

George D. Poisal

Marketing director

Services for George D. Poisal, retired marketing director for E. L. Greenberg Associates, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Haight Funeral Home, Route 32, Eldersburg.

Mr. Poisal, who was 78 and lived in Eldersburg, died Thursday of heart and kidney failure at the Western Maryland Center in Hagerstown.

He retired in 1989 after handling advertising and public relations for shopping centers owned by the Greenberg firm since 1977.

From 1968 until the mid-1970s, he operated the Konrad Thiebes gourmet food stall at the Lexington Market, after working briefly as public relations director for the market.

Earlier, he had been an account executive for three advertising agencies, W. B. Doner & Co., Buddemeier Advertising Inc. and Harry J. Patz Co.. He was director of advertising and sales promotion for the Eastern Division of the Consolidated Foods Corp.

He was born in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied marketing at Columbia University and the University of Delaware.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was decorated with the French Croix de Guerre with bronze star and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Poisal was a former president of the Lochearn Kiwanis Club and a member of the American Marketing Association. He was fond of gardening.

His first wife, the former Virginia Billmyer, died in 1968.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Beverly Reyeur; two sons, Richard Dorac Banta of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Steven George Poisal of Eldersburg; and a grandson.

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