Alfred L. Mathias
Food service executive
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.
Fred Robbins, a Baltimore-born radio personality who became a TV host and celebrity interviewer in New York, died of lymphoma in a hospital there Tuesday. He was 73.
Mr. Robbins graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School but chose to go into broadcasting and magazine writing. His broadcast experience began in Baltimore at radio station WITH.
In 1942, he joined WHN radio in New York City. He first won wide attention for his snappy patter on the "1280 Club" jazz show on radio station WOV in New York City. He would begin by intoning such slangy verbal riffs as:
"Hiya cat, wipe your feet on the mat. Let's slap on the fat and dish out some scat."
Mr. Robbins became the disk jockey of the "Robbins Nest" radio show on WINS, WABC and WNEW, all in New York, and the host of television variety and quiz shows, including "The Eddie Fisher Coke Time Hour" and "Haggis Baggis," an NBC-TV quiz show.
He did interview programs for many radio networks and filmed nearly 100 behind-the-scenes features on movie-making that were broadcast for nearly a decade on "CBS Movie Nights."
He was also a feature interviewer for Cable News Network and wrote profiles of celebrities for many magazines, among them US, Gentleman's Quarterly, Family Weekly, Vogue, Penthouse, Saturday Evening Post and New Woman. He was co-author of a biography of comedian Richard Pryor called, "This Cat's Got Nine Lives."
A eulogy he gave for the great trumpet player, Louis Armstrong, was read into the Congressional Record: "Move over Gabriel, here comes Satchmo."
In addition to his wife, Ingrid, his survivors include two daughters, Lorelei Robbins of Atlanta and Cathy Robbins of New Orleans; three sisters, Joyce Tannenbaum of Potomac and Floryne Myers and Gail Levy, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.
Services were conducted in New York yesterday. The family suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.
John L. Gainor
John Loughran Gainor, a retired building maintenance supervisor for the Western Electric Co. in Baltimore, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. He was 84.
A resident of Laurel, Del., Mr. Gainor worked for Western Electric for 28 years, retiring in 1972. He served in the Army during World War II.
He was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Manworren Gainor of Laurel; a son, William Millea Gainor of Parkton; a daughter, Nancy Lee Matthews of New Paris, Pa.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were to be private.
Louis E. Nolan
Owned bus company
A Mass of Christian burial for Louis E. Nolan, owner of a charter bus business, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville.
Mr. Nolan, who started Ridgeway Motor Coach Inc. in 1955, died of cancer at his Hebbville home Tuesday. He was 69.
Born in Baltimore, he grew up in the Irvington area and attended Mount St. Joseph's High School there.
He served in the Army from 1941 to 1946. He was a corporal assigned to transportation at Fort Benning, Ga.
Later, he was a member of American Legion Post 25 in Catonsville where his father, the late Bernard F. Nolan, had been post commander.