Martin B. Kohn,Hochschild, Kohn president, diesMartin B....


Martin B. Kohn,

Hochschild, Kohn president, dies

Martin B. Kohn, who as president and chairman of Hochschild, Kohn & Co. pioneered building suburban branches for Baltimore's downtown department stores, died at his home yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Funeral services for Mr. Kohn, who was 93, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Born in Baltimore Aug. 28, 1898, Mr. Kohn was the son of Clara and Benno Kohn, one of the founders of Hochschild, Kohn.

The department store opened on Howard Street in 1897 and for decades was a landmark in Baltimore's retail center.

Mr. Kohn, a member of the first graduating class of Park School, graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1917.

He served in France in World War I as a member of Battery B in the 110th Field Artillery of the Maryland National Guard.

In 1923, Mr. Kohn joined the staff of Hochschild, Kohn, working in a variety of jobs throughout the store before becoming president in 1945. He was later named chairman.

In 21 years as head of the department store, he directed a dramatic change in Baltimore retailing: the creation of branch stores in the suburbs to serve the population that had moved out of the city after World War II.

Baltimore's first department store branch, Hochschild, Kohn at Edmondson Village, opened in 1947, followed by the Belvedere Avenue store in 1948, Eastpoint in 1956, Harundale in 1958 and later stores at Reisterstown Road Plaza and in York, Pa.

Mr. Kohn also oversaw the first major downtown expansion of a Howard Street store when Hochschild, Kohn bought the old Brager building, next to the original store, in 1959.

He retired as president and chief executive officer in 1966, when Hochschild, Kohn sold its privately owned stock to the Buffett Partnership Ltd., of Omaha, a company owned by Warren Buffett.

Mr. Kohn remained chairman of the Hochschild, Kohn board until 1968.

His civic and cultural interests ranged from local charities to national merchants' groups.

Over the years, he was a director of Associated Jewish Charities, the president of the Jewish Welfare Fund, a trustee of the city's Commission on Governmental Efficiency and Economy, a member of the Lexington Market Authority and a fund-raiser for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Kohn was elected president of the National Retail Merchants Association in 1966 and 1967.

In 1958 and 1959, he was president of the Baltimore Association of Commerce.

In 1968, he was elected chairman of the Baltimore chapter of Business Executives' Move for Vietnam Peace -- an affiliation that made his grandchildren proud, said his daughter, Elizabeth Moser.

RF A member of the Shearith Israel Congregation, Mr. Kohn, until his

first illness two weeks ago, was taking classes in Hebrew at the Baltimore Hebrew University.

For more than 40 years, he owned a second home in Annapolis, to which he drove regularly until earlier this month.

He enjoyed fishing and last took his family out on his 28-foot fishing boat in October.

"He was totally interested in everything," said his daughter, Mrs. Moser.

"He was a versatile person who loved simple things as well as scholarly pursuits. If there was one thing he cared for more than anything in the world, it was family. He was uncle to everybody."

Mr. Kohn was married to the former Rosa Rosenthal in August 1924. She died in 1966.

His survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Moser of Baltimore and Eleanor C. Kohn of Pikesville; a sister, Eleanor K. Levy of Pikesville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial donations be made to Shearith Israel Congregation or the Alan Hess Fund of Chevra Ahavas Chesed Emergency Fund, 3708 Collier Ave., Randallstown, 21133.

Louis Stoll Nixdorff

Real estate executive

Services for Louis Stoll Nixdorff, a retired real estate executive who played lacrosse in the 1928 Olympics, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Henry W. Jenkins & Sons funeral home, 4905 York Road.

Mr. Nixdorff, a resident of Roland Park for 60 years, died of lung cancer Thursday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Homewood.

He was 85.

Mr. Nixdorff, a Baltimore native, was a 1924 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1928 from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1939, he became president of his own real estate business, Properties Inc. in Baltimore.

After retiring and selling the company in 1978, he continued to do real estate appraisals with McCurdy, Lipman & Co. and managed properties until shortly before his death.

While a Hopkins student, he was a member of the university's championship lacrosse team and joined Hopkins teammates in representing the United States in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

At the Olympics, Mr. Nixdorff took numerous photographs of other teams and events, including swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, Olympic Committee Chairman Douglas MacArthur and Lacrosse Hall of Fame member Thomas A. Biddison, who later was Baltimore's city solicitor.

Mr. Nixdorff's photos, programs and a detailed diary are being incorporated into a sports history collection bearing Mr. Nixdorff's name in the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History in Washington.

Mr. Nixdorff was an enthusiastic golfer.

He had been a member of the Johns Hopkins Club since 1940, the Baltimore City Real Estate Brokers Round Table and the Maryland Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Anne Byrd Thompson; a son, John Singleton Nixdorff of Roland Park; a daughter, Powel Byrd Harding of Bethesda; two sisters, Bertha Grove of Frederick and Helen Owens of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and a brother, Frank Nixdorff of Roland Park.

Rev. Peter Vroom

Baptist pastor emeritus

A memorial service for the Rev. Peter Vroom, first pastor of Anne Arundel County's Trinity Bible Church, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the church at 99 Truckhouse Road in Severna Park.

Mr. Vroom was 81. He died of cancer Jan. 15 at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.

He retired and was named pastor emeritus in 1989, 20 years after moving to Severna Park to lead the independent church congregation.

For 13 years before that, he was pastor of the Baptist Temple in Philadelphia. He had also served churches of the American Baptist Convention in Downington, Pa., Oxford, Pa., Indianapolis, and Oak Hill, W.Va. During World War II, he was an Army chaplain with the rank of captain.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a 1932 graduate of Temple University and a 1937 graduate of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a master's degree in 1941.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Temple University in 1956. He had been a member of the Eastern Baptist seminary's board.

In Severna Park, Mr. Vroom was on the board of the YMCA. He enjoyed swimming and working out on exercise equipment.

His wife of 50 years, the former Rachel Shively, died in 1985.

Mr. Vroom is survived by two daughters, Rachel Anne Vroom of London and Dr. Victoria V. Ott of Baltimore; a son, Dr. John R. Vroom of Falls Church, Va.; three sisters, Marie France of Lakewood, N.J., Helen Dersahagian of Albuquerque, N.M., and Anne Mayberry of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Jacob Vroom and Roy Vroom, both of Aspen, Colo.; and a grandson.

A memorial service for John Richard Bailey Jr., a member of Baltimore Steamfitters Local 438 for more than 25 years, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 2101 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

Mr. Bailey, who was 48 and lived in Finksburg, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Bailey was a 1961 graduate of Milford Mill High School.

He enjoyed all types of sports, and fishing and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 28 years, the former Ann Harden; two daughters, Deborah B.Stettmeier of Frederick and Karen L. Bailey of Finksburg; a son, John R. Bailey III of Finksburg; his parents, June and John R. Bailey Sr. of Reisterstown; a brother, William R. Bailey of Reisterstown; his maternal grandmother, Mary Carey of Owings, and many aunts and uncles.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Medical Oncology Department of St. Agnes Hospital, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229.

Ethyleen H. Mobley


Services for Ethyleen Hartley Mobley, a former teacher who had lived in Severna Park since 1984, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Fairburn, Ga.

Mrs. Mobley died Thursday of heart and circulatory ailments at the home of her daughter, Mary Mobley Johnson, in Severna Park. She was 89.

The former Ethyleen Hartley was a native of Mayesville, Ga. She won an award for her writing as a student at the University of Georgia.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1950 with her husband, M. D. Mobley, executive director of the American Vocational Association, she taught English and Spanish in Georgia high schools. Her husband died in 1967.

In addition to her daughter, her survivors include a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

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