Alfred Cleveland Haynes, retired music critic for The Evening Sun and former host of a weekly radio program, died Saturday of stroke complications at a hospice in Miami. He was 79.

Mr. Haynes, who moved to High Pines, Fla., after his retirement in 1985, had been host of "The World of Operetta" on WBJC-FM from the early 1970s until the early 1980s.

A tenor, Mr. Haynes' lifelong interest in operetta began as a youth when he sang with choral groups and choirs in his boyhood home of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He later sang principal roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and became known locally as an expert in light operetta.

He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Grand Rapids and worked for several newspapers in the Great Lakes region and Midwest, moving to Baltimore and a job at the old News American after the Indianapolis Times was closed in 1965.

Mr. Haynes became a copy editor at The Evening Sun in 1967 and its music critic in 1978.

The former Northeast Baltimore resident was a soloist with First Unitarian Church and Towson Unitarian Church, where he was a member.

The son of a streetcar motorman, Mr. Haynes maintained an interest in railroading and streetcars. He was a former member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and weekend motorman there, and was a longtime member of the National Railroad Historical Society.

A memorial service will be held May 25 at First Unitarian Church in Miami.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Macdonald; a son, Duncan Haynes of Miami; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Baltimore Symphony, Peabody Conservatory of Music, or the First or Towson Unitarian churches.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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