Alfred L. Mathias


Services for Alfred L. Mathias, a retired food service executive, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Glyndon United Methodist Church, where he was a 20-year member.

The Cockeysville resident died Monday of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 89.

He was co-founder of M&M; Restaurants Inc., which had food service contracts with many large corporations in the area. In 1955, he founded the A.L. Mathias Co., retaining the M&M; contracts and reaching into school, college, hospital and vending service markets.

In 1963, after expanding his operations to eight states in the mid-Atlantic region, he merged with Servomation Corp., remaining its president and board chairman until his retirement in 1967.

Born in Marysville, Pa., Mr. Mathias spent much of his life in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1922 and from Gettysburg College in 1926.

He was a lifelong member of the Rotary Club International and the Boumi Temple, and a member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Center Club and the Sparrows Point Country Club.

He also was a director of the National Restaurant Association. He and his wife, the former Carrie Lenhart, traveled to 147 countries during their 58 years of marriage.

They had lived on a farm in northern Baltimore County, but for the past 12 years they were residents of Broadmead, the retirement community in Cockeysville.

He is survived by his wife; a son, George D. Mathias of Upperco; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Glyndon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Glyndon 21030.

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