Hubert T. CookElectrical estimatorServices for Hubert T....

Hubert T. Cook

Electrical estimator


Services for Hubert T. Cook, a retired electrical estimator for a contracting company, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster.

Mr. Cook, who was 63, died Sunday after a heart attack at his home in Westminster.


He retired about three months ago after working five years for Riggs Distler & Co. Earlier, he worked as an electrician, as a superintendent for the H. P. Foley Co. in Baltimore and briefly operated his own electrical contracting company.

Born in Medford, he graduated from Westminster High School and served in the Army in the late 1940s. He was a member of the Ionic Lodge of the Masons, Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple, as well as Local 24 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Kay; three daughters, Millicent Eckhardt of Troy, Ohio, Teresa Seiden of Owings Mills and Christine Hastings of Westminster; two sons, James Theodore Cook of Glyndon and Wade S. Cook of Harrison, Tenn.; his mother, Ethel C. Cook of Westminster; a sister, Shirley Ricketts of Westminster; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Finksburg, of which he was a member.

Thomas Duckenfield

Ex-bar association chief

Thomas Duckenfield, a former president of the National Bar Association, died of meningitis while hospitalized in Washington. He was 57.

Mr. Duckenfield, a District of Columbia resident since 1960, died Friday at Washington Hospital Center.


He served as the 47th president of the association, which is the nation's largest professional organization of black judges, legal scholars and law students. He also served as president of the Washington Bar Association and was a member of the D.C. and American bar associations.

At the time of his death, Mr. Duckenfield was vice president and general manager of the D.C. Division of Washington Gas and president of the Maryland-D.C. Utilities Association. The Richmond, Va., native joined Washington Gas in June 1985 as an assistant general counsel. He was elected vice president and general manager later that year.

Before becoming the first black clerk of D.C. Superior Court in 1980, Mr. Duckenfield was chief deputy register of wills for the court.

His portrait was unveiled at the court in 1989 to commemorate his service there.

Mr. Duckenfield was an adjunct professor at Howard University Law Center and a lecturer in computer science and mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia.

He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hampton University in 1957, a doctor of laws degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and a master of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University in 1977.


Survivors include his wife, the former Evelyn Newman; three sons, Thomas, David and Pace, all of Washington; his mother, Florence Duckenfield of Richmond; three brothers, Benjamin, Hartwell and Lloyd, all of Richmond; and a sister, Carrie Ampey of Sharon, Mass.

A viewing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington. A funeral service is scheduled for noon tomorrow at the church, followed by burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood.

Rose Adler

Antiques dealer

Services for Rose Adler, an antiques dealer who did private charitable work, will be at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Adler, who was 85 and lived on Ingleside Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, died Sunday of cardiopulmonary failure at Sinai Hospital.


She had conducted an antiques business from her home for 60 years. A native of Baltimore, the former Rose Zablonsky was a graduate of the Eaton and Burnett Business College. As a young woman, she toured the country with a group of friends in a Model-T Ford.

A member or supporter of many charitable groups, she also provided food, clothing and other necessities directly to people in need, sometimes buying food in large quantities and preparing it herself.

Her husband, Abraham Adler, died in 1990.

She is survived by three daughters, Florence Taylor and Anna Lee Adler of Pikesville, and Judith Siebenberg of Silver Spring; a brother, Benjamin Zablonsky of Baltimore; a sister, Fannie Asher of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Byron D. Banghart

Head of grocery firm


A memorial service for Byron D. Banghart, president of the Baltimore Wholesale Grocery Co., will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mr. Banghart, who was 77, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Hanover.

The Anne Arundel County resident had been president since 1950 of the company, which was started by his grandfather. He started working there in 1934. Though currently an investment firm, in earlier years the company sold canned, frozen and packaged foods to independent grocery stores.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Wilmington Friends School, he served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

A member of the Mount Vernon Lodge of the Masons, he was a former member of the Baltimore Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Elizabeth Raynes; two daughters, Elizabeth B. Flaherty of Greenwich, Conn., and Susan B. Banghart of Hanover; a son, Byron R. Banghart of White Hall; and two grandchildren.