- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2006

Anne Brunsdale, former chairwoman of the International Trade Commission, died Jan. 20 at a nursing home in Denver. She was 82. She had Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Minneapolis, Mrs. Brunsdale attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1945 and a master’s degree in Far Eastern area studies in 1946. She also received a master’s degree in 1949 from Yale University in comparative government.

Mrs. Brunsdale worked for the CIA before joining the American Enterprise Institute in 1967 as a research associate and was appointed director of publications there in 1970.

In 1977, Mrs. Brunsdale was named the first editor of Regulation magazine, where she worked closely with its two university-based editors, Antonin Scalia and Murray Weidenbaum.

Under her leadership, Regulation became a highly influential publication in policy debates concerning government regulation of the energy, transportation and communications industries and concerning environmental, safety and health regulation.

In 1985, President Reagan appointed Mrs. Brunsdale to the International Trade Commission, where she served from 1986 to 1994, including a term as chairman from March 1989 to June 1990. She retired in 1994.

“Whatever she did, Anne did it above all with grace and style,” said Ronald Cass, who served with Mrs. Brunsdale as vice chairman of the ITC under the first President Bush. “She was unfailingly considerate of her friends, her staff, her co-workers and all around her.”

Mrs. Brunsdale lived in the District off and on from 1947 to 1998, much of the time on Capitol Hill.

She was a much-loved member of a group of friends, made up mostly of political scientists and public intellectuals that were notable for being both high-powered and bipartisan.

Her brief marriage to conservative intellectual Willmoore Kendall ended in divorce.

Mrs. Brunsdale’s survivors include a sister, Margaret Brunsdale Pitts of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Robert Holmes, 94,Teamsters official

DETROIT (AP) — Robert Holmes, who helped a teenage James Hoffa start his career as a labor organizer and then served for decades as a Teamsters Union official, died Feb. 19 of heart failure at Harper Hospital in Detroit. He was 94.

“He was a great leader who helped found the modern Teamsters as we know it,” James P. Hoffa, Jimmy Hoffa’s son and the general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, told the Detroit News. “Both he and my dad were young men fighting for justice on the job.”

The elder Hoffa, Mr. Holmes and a co-worker were credited with planting the seed for the Teamsters when they organized a 1931 strike at a Detroit grocery warehouse where they worked.

Until 1989, Mr. Holmes served as the Teamsters’ international vice president, director of the 13-state Central Conference and president of Local 337 in Detroit.

“He worked his way up to becoming one of the most powerful labor leaders and left the legacy of one of the true labor leaders in Detroit,” said Richard Leebove, a spokesman for the Michigan Teamsters.

The elder Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and is presumed dead. Investigators think mob figures had him killed to prevent him from regaining the union presidency after he served time in federal prison for jury tampering.

Mr. Holmes is survived by his wife and son.

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