- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

Forrest B. Corneal Jr., 61, real estate developer

Forrest Bruce Corneal, Jr., a D.C. real estate developer, died March 24 at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., of pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Corneal grew up in Harrisburg, Pa. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and went on to work for the General Services Administration (GSA) of Pennsylvania. He also served in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Mr. Corneal moved to the District during the Nixon administration and worked at the GSA as an assistant to the administrator.

After his marriage to Iris Garnett, the couple opened the Georgetown clothing boutique Off the Cuff in 1975. They divorced in 1979.

Mr. Corneal left the GSA to become a real estate developer in the mid-1970s, when he founded the City Corp. and Corneal Development Co. He completed numerous renovations and restorations of historic properties in the Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Mount Pleasant, Woodley Park and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

In addition, Mr. Corneal helped lead the revival of several inner-city neighborhoods in the District by promoting innovative architectural design with European influences that incorporated detailed and antique design treatments.

Mr. Corneal also undertook the restoration of major U.S. architectural landmarks such as the Bedford Springs Hotel in Bedford, Pa,. and the Alden Park Apartments in Philadelphia.

He moved to Florida in the 1990s to pursue the restoration of several historic hotels in Key West and then settled in Fort Lauderdale to open, along with a partner, an exotic garden furnishings business called River of Grass.

Survivors include four brothers, John Corneal and David Corneal of State College, Pa.; Mark Corneal of Severna Park, Md.; and Stanley Corneal of Amissville, Va.; and his life partner, Karen Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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