Alfred L. Scheinberg, African art authorityAlfred L...


March 01, 1992

Alfred L. Scheinberg, African art authority

Alfred L. Scheinberg, a Baltimore native who was an authority on African art, died Feb. 21 of brain cancer at his home in New York City. He was 43.

Mr. Scheinberg was a dealer who sold African art to collectors and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. He was an adviser to the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University. He was also an appraiser who did work for the Internal Revenue Service.

He was educated at Baltimore's Arlington Elementary School, Pimlico Junior High School and City College, from which he graduated in 1966. After obtaining a degree from New College in Sarasota, Fla., he did postgraduate work in art history at Columbia University.

In the 1970s, he traveled widely in Africa, studying beadwork and sculpture, including the ornamented pulleys used on looms. He maintained a gallery in his Manhattan apartment and kept up his ties to Baltimore, including local museums.

Mr. Scheinberg is survived by his mother, Erma Scheinberg of Baltimore; and a sister, Diana Stanley of Owings Mills.

Private services were held in Baltimore. The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to any cancer research program.

Allen H. Burke Sr., Baltimore police agent

Services for Police Agent Allen H. Burke Sr., a community relations officer in Baltimore's Eastern Police District who founded a recreation program called Operation Champ and was named Eastern District Policeman of the Year in 1988, were held yesterday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Walbrook Avenue at Ellamont Street.

Agent Burke died Wednesday of cancer at the age of 68 at Keswick Home in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Douglass High School, where he was captain of the basketball and football teams. At Morgan State, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in urban recreation, he was captain of the basketball team and quarterback on the football team. He returned to Morgan State for his postgraduate work in 1962 while a city policeman.

Before joining the police force in 1956, he had worked as an agent for the Progressive Life Insurance Co. In the late 1940s, he operated Burke House, a restaurant.

Known as "Dickie" Burke, the resident of White Chapel Road in the city's Ashburton area had been a uniformed officer, a member of the narcotics squad and a member of the vice squad in the Western District. He took a leave from the department to be executive director of Operation Champ before his 12-year stint at Eastern.

His work in recreation programs began with the Western Police Youth League, which in the mid-1960s began operating Operation Champ. Agent Burke proposed that the program be mobile to serve areas with no local recreation programs, and he went on leave to manage it under the sponsorship of other agencies.

A frequent speaker on mobile urban recreation and related topics, he won awards and citations from many individuals and groups, including the Metro West Optimist Club, the Harlem Park Neighborhood Association, the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, the East Baltimore Community Corp., the Eastern District Community Relations Council, the House of Delegates and various Maryland politicians. He was named one of Baltimore's Best in 1977.

He was a member of the Morgan State Athletic Hall of Fame, the Varsity M Club and the Golden Bears Association, which cited him for his work on behalf of the university.

He had chaired the board of Operation Champ, served as vice chairman of the board of Small Business Development Center and been a member of the boards of the Baltimore Chapter of Frontiers International and the Redeemer's Palace, a youth counseling organization.

He had served on the tennis tournament committee of the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, the former May Edwin Mann; a son, Allen Burke Jr.; a daughter, Melanie Burke; and two sisters, Blanche Blake and Harriett McAlister, both of Baltimore. Services for William Ryan Talbott, who retired as chief stationary engineer after 42 years at the Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard, were held yesterday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Talbott, 80, died Monday after heart surgery at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla. He retired and moved to Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., 20 years ago.

He was a frequent traveler in the United States and Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Catherine E. Morgan; a son, William R. Crawford Sr. of Towson; a daughter, Mary Lois Crawford of Daytona Beach Shores; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Francis I. Roberts, Wine consultant

Services for Francis I. Roberts, a retired salesman and wine consultant who had been a radio announcer and was active in community theater, were held yesterday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

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