Manfuso Sr., prominent in Md. racing, dies Owner, breeder, member of Horsemen's Hall was 93

January 10, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

John A. Manfuso Sr., a longtime owner and breeder of TTC thoroughbred horses and one-time minority shareholder in the Laurel and Pimlico racetracks, died Thursday of kidney failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Manfuso, who lived in Chevy Chase, was 93.

Born in Baltimore in 1904, he became chairman and chief executive officer of Burton, Parsons & Co., a pharmaceutical company, after graduating from Georgetown University.

Manfuso, an advocate of horsemen's rights, was a founder of the state's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and later was elected president of the organization's national chapter. He frequently was named Maryland's Breeder of the Year and was inducted into the Horsemen's Hall of Fame in 1973.

His sons, Robert T. Manfuso of West Friendship and John "Tommy" Manfuso Jr. of Manalapan, Fla., sold their share of the tracks to Joe De Francis in 1993 for $8.2 million.

He also is survived by a sister, Josephine Shehan of Baltimore; four daughters, Zelma Morrison of Chevy Chase, Elizabeth J. Miller of Colorado Springs, Claudia Knudsen of Bethesda and Ann Paras of San Francisco; 18 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 9: 30 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase. Interment will be in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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