Leroy Durham, former professor at Morgan StateDr. Leroy...


May 09, 1993

Leroy Durham, former professor at Morgan State

Dr. Leroy Durham, a retired faculty member at Morgan State University and, since January, education director for a national community-action association, died Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications after heart surgery.

The 58-year-old Columbia resident retired in December as associate professor of urban studies at Morgan State University.

He had joined the school in 1970 as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Education.

In April, he was granted professor-emeritus status by Morgan's board of regents.

Since January, he had been education director for the National Association of Community Action Agencies in Washington, D.C.

While at Morgan, he designed and implemented a college program at the Maryland Penitentiary and the Baltimore City Jail that led to the awarding of college degrees to inmates.

Before moving to Morgan, he began a 13-year teaching career in city schools in 1957 as an elementary school teacher and eventually became an assistant principal.

Dr. Durham received the National Teachers Association Teacher the Year Award for 1970-1971 and was honored in 1991 as Volunteer of the Year by the Community Action Agency of Howard County, of which he had been a member since 1984.

Dr. Durham enjoyed classical music and opera, sang in various choirs and read historical novels.

An avid traveler, he and his wife had been most recently to Hawaii.

Born in Baltimore, he was educated in city schools and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1953 and received his bachelor's degree from Coppin State College in 1957.

He was awarded a master of science degree from the University of Maryland in 1970 and his doctorate from Temple University in 1980.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Oakland Mills Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Dr. Durham is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Mumby, whom he married in 1968; two sons, Derek Durham and Devin Durham of Columbia; a daughter, Desiree Durham De Leon, of Avenel, N.J.; two brothers, William Durham and James Durham, of Baltimore; three sisters, Luberta Stancil, Ruth Pitts and Gurtha Durham of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Community Action Council of Howard County, 9250 Rumsey Road, Columbia, Md. 21045.

Julius N. Cahn

Aide to Humphrey

Julius N. Cahn, a publishing executive and top aide to former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, died Wednesday at a hospital in Washington.

The 70-year-old Potomac resident, who also had a home in his native New York, died of cancer, his family said.

Mr. Cahn's star rose early in life. He graduated magna cum laude from New York's City College when he was 19, and in his 20s he held important staff posts in the U.S. Senate, working for leaders in both parties.

Fresh from college, he started as a management analyst in the Federal Office of Emergency Management. In 1944, he worked for the Republican National Committee in the presidential campaign.

After that election, he was hired as the press secretary and later executive assistant to Sen. Alexander Wiley of Wisconsin, the second-ranking Senate Republican and the Judiciary Committee chairman.

In 1950, Mr. Cahn joined the staff of Sen. Estes Kefauver, the Tennessee Democrat, to aid his crime investigations.

Returning in 1952 to Mr. Wiley, who had become the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Cahn was named chief counsel to that committee in his late 20s.

In 1958, he was appointed staff director of the Government Operations Subcommittee by Mr. Humphrey, then a Democratic senator from Minnesota. Mr. Cahn arranged a trip to the former Soviet Union on health issues. There, the senator had an unexpected eight-hour meeting with the nation's leader, Nikita S. Khrushchev, that propelled Mr. Humphrey into presidential contender status.

When Mr. Humphrey became vice president in 1964, he put Mr. Cahn in charge of his media relations and health issues. Campaigning for president in 1968 with Sen. Edmund S. Muskie as his running mate, Mr. Humphrey designated Mr. Cahn deputy chairman of Citizens for Humphrey-Muskie.

After Mr. Humphrey's election defeat, Mr. Cahn held a series of publishing posts, including that of an executive at Family Health magazine, and president of Family Media, whose magazines included Ladies Home Journal.

Surviving Mr. Cahn are his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Foote; two sons, Gary Cahn of Bethesda and Glenn Cahn of Newton, Mass.; two daughters, Linda Cahn of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Kiki Cahn of Lugano, Switzerland; a brother, Ralph of The Bronx, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Temple Sinai in Washington.

Leonary Brown

Church worker

Leonary Brown, a Govans homemaker and active member of her church, died of injuries received in a car accident Thursday at The Alameda and E. Cold Spring Lane. She was 79.

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