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Leslie K. Finn

Ran senator's office

Leslie K. Finn, who had served since 1980 as office manager for Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., died Monday at the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

The 48-year-old Bethesda resident began her Capitol Hill career in 1968, when she worked for two years on the staff of then-Sen. Joseph D. Tydings, D-Md. From 1970 until 1972, she was on the staff of then-Sen. Adlai Stevenson, D-Ill.

From 1972 until 1980, she served as executive assistant to Edmund S. Muskie, both as senator from Maine and as U.S. secretary of state. She was a founder of the Senate Democratic Office Managers Association and often was consulted about organizing new congressional staffs.

The former Leslie Kohn was a native of Baltimore. She was a 1963 graduate of the Park School and a 1967 graduate of Knox College in Galesville, Ill.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Joseph Gawler's & Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington.

She is survived by her husband, Terence T. Finn; two sons, Kevin and Timothy Finn of Bethesda; her mother, Josephine L. Kohn of Ruxton; a brother, Roger Kohn of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and two sisters, Judith R. Kohn of Lexington, Mass., and Nancy Kohn Rabin of Baltimore.

Paul Cox Sr.

Beth Steel retiree

Paul Cox Sr., a retired steelworker, died Monday at a hospital in Tampa, Fla., after an apparent heart attack. He was 80.

Mr. Cox moved to Tampa in 1975 after his retirement from the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant in Sparrows Point where he worked for many years.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., who was raised in Baltimore, he was a member for more than 25 years of the Dundalk Lodge of the Moose and also had been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife, the former Luna Oxford, a son, Paul Cox Jr. of Tampa; four daughters, Victoria Gregor of Tampa, Cecilia Dugger of Sebastian, Fla., and Marge Lucas and Marilyn Graziani of the Baltimore area; three brothers, Ernest Cox of Marco Island, Fla., Barry Cox of Palatka, Fla., and Cecil Cox of Wisconsin; two sisters, Marguerite Butz of Baltimore and Hester McNeilly of Delaware; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Tampa.

George Wainwright

Commercial artist

George J. G. Wainwright, a commercial artist who specialized in signs, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Wainwright, 61, operated since 1970 as Wainwright Advertising and Design.

The White Haven native was raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from Douglass High School. He completed his studies with the Art Students League in New York.

He served in the Army in the Korean War and had worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. and other companies before starting his own business.

A charter member of a family club, CHLWRFBS Inc., named by putting together the last initials of its members, he also served as vice president of the Govanstown Business Association. He was also a duck pin bowler in several leagues.

Services were to be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, 1063 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, where he was a longtime member.

Mr. Wainwright is survived by two sons, John Michael Wainwright and George Jacob Garnett Wainwright Jr.; a brother, Clifton M. Wainwright; three sisters, Gertrude W. Shands, Lillie W. Hines and Erma L. Brown; and two grandchildren. All are from Baltimore.

T.L. Vondersmith Sr.

SSA retiree

Thomas L. Vondersmith Sr., a retired Social Security Administration employee who enjoyed playing Santa Claus for children of family members and friends, died Monday of heart disease at his home on Louise Avenue in the Hamilton area.

Mr. Vondersmith, who was 80, retired in 1976 as telecommunications traffic manager for the SSA.

From 1947 until 1953, when he went to work at SSA, he was a salesman and repairman for the Singer Sewing Machine Co.

He had begun working in 1935 as a copy boy for what was later the News-American. He was working in the newspaper's classified advertising department in 1941 when he went to work for six years as a cost accountant for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta.

He was a member of the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus and a former scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church.

In the 1950s, he began playing Santa Claus at Christmas parties of the Notre Dame Council, then continued doing so for the children of friends and family members into the 1970s.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

Mr. Vondersmith is survived by his wife, the former Margaret A. Ritmiller; two sons, Thomas L. Vondersmith Jr. of Parkville and Bernard J. Vondersmith of Towson; a daughter, Mary Margaret O'Hare of Carney; a sister, Dorothy E. Plunkett of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren; 10 nephews; and 14 nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Our Daily Bread.

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