Hyman 'Hy' Sanders, 88, court reporterHyman "Hy" Sanders...

June 03, 1998

Hyman 'Hy' Sanders, 88, court reporter

Hyman "Hy" Sanders, who was a court reporter for nearly 60 years, died of cancer May 27 at his Pikesville residence. He was 88.

Born in Russia, he emigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y., with his parents ++ in 1912. The family moved to New Britain, Conn., where he graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1931 and a master's degree in English literature from Cornell University in 1932.

Unable to find a job as a teacher in the Depression, Mr. Sanders worked as a shoe salesman and, after taking a course in Pitman shorthand, began his career as a court reporter for the State Compensation Committee in Cleveland in 1936.

He moved to Washington in 1944. After serving in the Army as a reporter of court-martial proceedings in Europe during World War II, he joined Salomon Reporting Service Inc. in Baltimore in 1945.

During his long service there -- he retired in 1993 -- his assignments included traffic court and insurance and medical cases.

In a 1997 interview in a trade publication, Mr. Sanders acknowledged a lifelong love of words and language. He said the dictionary was his most important tool.

"Learn the language you must deal with," he said. "Only in this manner can we improve the tools of our trade. The dictionary helped me; it has to. It's not only enough to hear the word, but the background."

His wife of 62 years, the former Mollie Zweier, said, "He loved books and reading and was seldom without a book in his hand. He had an uncommon store of information on uncommon subjects."

Services were held yesterday.

He also is survived by a son, David Sanders of Montreal; a daughter, Sheila Ginandes of Oahu, Hawaii; and two grandchildren.

John M. McKelway, 72, veteran newspaperman

Veteran newspaperman John M. McKelway, a fixture in the lives of two generations of Washington-area readers, died of cancer Monday at home in Kensington. He was 72.

The Washington native wrote "The Rambler" column for the old Washington Evening Star from the late 1950s until the paper folded in 1981. He moved his column to the Washington Times a year later and retired this year.

He wrote mostly about everyday life in the Washington area, turning only occasionally to national and world affairs.

Mr. McKelway's wife of 46 years, Katherine Berthier McKelway, died May 2.

He is survived by two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Walter C. Kehl, 91, auditor for Anne Arundel Co.

Walter C. Kehl, a former Anne Arundel County auditor and longtime Catonsville resident, died Saturday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Church Home. He was 91.

Mr. Kehl joined Anne Arundel County government as an auditor in 1965 and retired in 1981. He began his business career at Ellicott Machine Corp. in 1925, worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River during World War II and then worked in private industry before joining county government.

Born on Cumberland Street in West Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1924, studied engineering for a year at the Johns Hopkins University and later earned a degree in business from the Baltimore School of Commerce.

Services are set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Sterling-Ashton Funeral Home, 736 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Louise Coleman; a sister, Thelma K. Crawford of Gaithersburg; a stepson, Robert D. Coleman of Federalsburg; two stepdaughters, Barbara C. White of Bolton Hill and Elaine C. Tickner of Columbia; five step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/03/98

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