Earl T. Shinhoster, 49, briefly headed NAACP Earl T...

June 13, 2000

Earl T. Shinhoster, 49, briefly headed NAACP

Earl T. Shinhoster, former acting executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Sunday of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident that day in Macon County, Ala. He was 49 and lived in Decatur, Ga.

In November, NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Kweisi Mfume named him director of a national voter registration and education drive.

It was the latest high NAACP post held by Mr. Shinhoster, who briefly headed the civil rights organization as it tried to recover from scandal in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Shinhoster was born in Savannah, Ga., and graduated in 1972 from Atlanta's Morehouse College, where he majored in political science.

He attended law school at Cleveland State University and became an assistant to the director of the NAACP's Cleveland branch.

In 1978, after three years as a Georgia gubernatorial aide, he became director of the NAACP's southeastern operations.

In addition to his NAACP work, Mr. Shinhoster carried out voter-education and election projects in the United States and Ghana.

In 1993, he was a finalist in the search for a successor to the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks as NAACP national leader. The nod went instead to Benjamin F. Chavis, who was fired in August 1994 for secretly using organization funds to settle a threatened sexual harassment suit.

Six months after Mr. Chavis' ouster, Mr. Shinhoster became the NAACP's acting executive director and chief executive officer.

He held the position for a year, steering the organization until Mr. Mfume took its helm in February 1996.

Mr. Shinhoster is survived by his wife, Ruby; and a son, Michael.

Robert James Bateman, 80, radio specialist

Robert James Bateman, a retired Martin-Marietta radio specialist and World War II and Korean War veteran, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at a hospice in New Port Richey, Fla. He was 80.

Mr. Bateman, a former Overlea resident who had lived in New Port Richey since 1975, began his career in the 1950s with the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

Born and raised in Overlea, he was the grandson of the Rev. Robert J. Bateman, who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

A 1938 graduate of City College, he enlisted in the Maryland National Guard before World War II. After his unit was activated, he served during the war as a radio specialist with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific.

During the Korean War, he served in Korea as a radio specialist with the Air Force until being discharged with the rank of captain.

His wife, Jeanette, whom he married in 1966, died in October.

His ashes will be interred at Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore. There will be no services.

He is survived by a cousin, Fred William Ellinghaus III of Boulder, Colo.

Bernard I. Levinson, 79, Alex Cooper auctioneer

Bernard I. Levinson, a longtime auctioneer with Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., died Thursday of complications from vascular disease at Cherrywood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Reisterstown. He was 79 and lived in Pikesville.

Mr. Levinson, who never retired, had been an auctioneer for 35 years with the venerable Baltimore auction house, now situated in Towson.

"He was a swing man. He could sell anything from rugs, antiques and even houses," said a son, Jon Levinson, who lives in Owings Mills and heads the auction company's rug department.

A lifelong salesman, Mr. Levinson went to work in 1965 for Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc., which had been established by his father-in-law in 1924.

"He was versatile, outgoing and friendly, and loved his work," said his son.

Mr. Levinson was born in Norfolk, Va., where he graduated from high school.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Italy and France until being discharged at war's end.

In 1947, he married the former Geraldine Cooper, who survives him.

He was a 50-year member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Levinson is survived by another son, Bruce Levinson of Guilford; a daughter, Ellen Sztajer of Reisterstown; and eight grandchildren.

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