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June 13, 1994

Anita Schanberger

Hostess to celebrities

Anita F. Schanberger, who entertained some of Hollywood's and vaudeville's greatest stars in her apartment at Kernan's Hotel on West Franklin Street and later at her Roland Park residence, died May 28 of heart failure at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville.

She was 98 and had lived at the nursing facility for the past 12 years.

Born Anita G. Frederick in Baltimore and reared in the 100 block of W. Lexington St., she was the youngest of seven children. Her father operated the family business, M. J. Frederick Plumbing & Heating Co., which was founded in the late 1800s and closed in 1987.

She attended the old Visitation Academy, which was between Howard Street and Park Avenue on the site of the former Greyhound bus terminal.

In 1921, she married Frederick C. Schanberger Jr., a longtime theatrical manager and Columbia Pictures executive, who died in 1966.

Mr. Schanberger ran the Lyceum Theater on North Charles Street, the Academy of Music and later Keith's Theater on Lexington Street, a two-show-a-day vaudeville theater, with his brother, Lawrence.

He brought home to dinner such show business celebrities as Kate Smith, George Jessel and Bob Hope -- stars whose careers he helped launch and who stayed in Kernan's Hotel while performing in Baltimore.

Evelyn D. Frederick, a niece who lives in Pasadena, said, "She was a quiet lady who enjoyed telling stories about the theater and her life really revolved around that. She used to accompany her husband on trips to New York and Atlantic City to see shows and talent, as he was also the booking agent for Keith's."

Mr. and Mrs. Schanberger were associated with the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, which had been founded in 1911 as Kernan's Hospital for Crippled Children. Mr. Kernan, a turn-of-the-century Baltimore theatrical impresario, purchased a 70-acre estate in Dickeyville for the hospital.

The Schanbergers continued Mr. Kernan's tradition of giving an annual Christmas party for handicapped children.

Mrs. Schanberger also is survived by three grandsons; a granddaughter; and several nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at the nursing home May 30, with interment in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Dr. John S. Haines

Retired urologist

Dr. John S. Haines, a retired urologist, died June 5 of heart failure at his home in Roland Park.

Dr. Haines, who was 83 and had a home on Gibson Island, retired in 1986 after practicing in Baltimore for many years.

He maintained an office at 11 East Chase St., and had been a staff member at many Baltimore hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, the Mercy Medical RTC Center, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the Church Hospital.

His daughter described him as a member of "the old school who would do anything for his patients."

Dr. John R. Davis, a friend, said, "I never met anyone I thought so highly of, a real gentleman. I sent all of my urology patients to John, knowing they would receive the highest medical care and compassion."

Dr. Haines was born in Philadelphia. Both of his parents were doctors, and two brothers, one of them an identical twin, became doctors.

A graduate of the Germantown Academy and, in 1934, of Washington and Lee University, he did graduate work in France and Germany before beginning his studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as an intern at Hopkins Hospital.

From 1943 until 1946, he was chief of urology at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco.

He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association, the Baltimore City Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the American Medical Association.

Fond of sailing and of antiques, he was a member of the Gibson Island Club and the Friends of the American Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

William Voss Elder, advisory curator of the wing, described him as a long-time member of the museum group who would be missed but "long remembered for his dignity, charm and perpetual good humor."

Dr. Haines also was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Maryland Club.

A memorial service was held Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Clara Ward; a son, Thomas W.W. Haines of Ruxton; a daughter, Elizabeth H. Sheldon of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Brady Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital or to the Decorative Arts Accessions Endowment Fund of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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