- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 12, 2004

Robert H. Kittleman, Maryland lawmaker

Maryland state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman, Howard and Carroll counties Republican and a one-time minority leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said his son, Allan Kittleman.

Mr. Kittleman, who died of leukemia, was 78.

He was a delegate for 19 years and joined the state Senate in 2002, representing portions of Howard and Carroll counties. During his tenure in the House, he served as minority leader for the Republicans from 1995 to 2001. He served as minority whip from 1987 to 1994.

He was defeated in the 1978 Howard County Council election but emerged five years later as the first Republican elected to the House of Delegates from Howard County in more than 60 years.

Mr. Kittleman was born in 1926 in Omaha, Neb., and was raised in Iowa. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 and was stationed in Guam, Allan Kittleman said. He studied engineering at the University of Oklahoma and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947.

Mr. Kittleman is survived by his wife, Trent M. Kittleman, deputy state secretary of transportation; his daughter, Laura Yeatts of Poolsville; and his sons, Allan Kittleman and Cody Kittleman, both of West Friendship, Md.

Mr. Kittleman worked for Westinghouse for 26 years before retiring in 1984, two years after he was elected to the House of Delegates. He also raised cattle on his West Friendship, Md., farm.

Allan Kittleman said his father was most proud of his efforts to desegregate schools during the 1960s.

Shortly after Mr. Kittleman moved to Howard County in 1956, he joined the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He later became the group’s president. He worked tirelessly to integrate schools, the police force and county restaurants.

His district represented Howard and Montgomery counties.

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